Home Briefs: Fined $6k for fleecing foreign job seekers

Fined $6k for fleecing foreign job seekers

An employment agency was fined $6,000 yesterday for overcharging foreign job seekers on their agency fees.

Career Central had on two occasions, in November 2013 and October last year, charged two foreign job seekers $7,519 and $7,919 even before their job placements. The sum was more than two months of their salary, the maximum amount agencies can charge for fees.

The Ministry of Manpower said its employment agency licence is being reviewed, and is suspended in the meantime.

High levels of mercury found in face cream

The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has issued a warning about a brand of whitening cream, which contains high levels of mercury and potent substances that can cause serious side effects.

The Meiyong Super Whitening product contains mercury, which is banned in cosmetic products, and undeclared ingredients.

Visit www.healthdangers.sg to learn more about the dangers of buying illegal health products.

NEA to conduct household waste audit

The National Environment Agency (NEA) has called a tender to conduct a waste audit for selected households.

Up to 300 households will be selected for the exercise, and their waste will be sorted and weighed.

The data from the audit will help NEA to establish how to further reduce food and packaging waste, and develop programmes to reduce waste in Singapore, it said.

It is expected to start early next year.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 25, 2015, with the headline 'HomeBriefs'. Subscribe