Woman faces 13 charges over maid's unpaid salaries

A 30-year-old Singaporean woman, Li Jun, was charged in court on Tuesday for not paying her maid her monthly salaries and rest-day pay.

The unpaid salaries totalled about $5,750, said the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in a statement yesterday. Li faces 13 charges.

Investigations revealed that Li's maid, a Myanmar national, was not paid between March 7, 2016, and Feb 21 this year.

MOM said Li, who has been barred from hiring a maid, had breached the work permit conditions under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act.

Li's case will be heard again in court on Sept 12.

If convicted, she could be fined up to $10,000 and/or jailed for up to 12 months, per charge.

In the same statement, MOM reminded employers that maids must be paid no later than seven days after the last day of the salary period. Each salary period cannot exceed one month.

Employers must also maintain a monthly salary record for their maids, and obtain written acknowledgement from them, MOM said.

They also should not keep their maid's salary on her behalf, and/or make such an arrangement as a condition for her employment. They should decline any request from their maid to help her save her salaries, MOM added.

Maids who have not been paid should seek help early, either by reporting the matter to MOM or seeking assistance from their employment agency.

If members of the public know of any maid who has not been paid her salaries, they can report the matter to MOM at mom_fmmd@mom.gov.sg or call 6438- 5122.

Lee Min Kok

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 18, 2017, with the headline 'Woman faces 13 charges over maid's unpaid salaries'. Print Edition | Subscribe