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14,000 foreign spouses in Singapore work

August 5th, 2019|

At a Parliamentary sitting on 15 January 2019, Nominated Members of Parliament Anthea Ong and Mohamed Irshad asked the Minister for Social and Family Development questions regarding foreign spouses of citizens and permanent residents. The Minister of State for Social and Family Development, Sam Tan, answered for the minister. In

Officials to clamp down on fake salary vouchers, but will it work?

November 27th, 2018|

The news site TodayOnline reported that the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) "plans to clamp down on employers who abuse salary vouchers — such as by having employees indicate receipt of their wages before they are paid." The news story was dated 26 November 2018 (Link). On the face of it,

Letters in Straits Times forum re light duties

November 12th, 2018|

Following a story in the Straits Times (see earlier article) about a circular jointly issued by the Ministries of Health (MOH) and Manpower (MOM) reminding doctors about their ethical responsibility to issue appropriate medical leave, a hand surgeon affiliated with Gleneagles Hospital wrote to the newspaper's forum with his point

Ministries of Health and Manpower issue circular re medical leave. Again.

November 12th, 2018|

On 17 September 2018, the Ministries of Health and Manpower jointly issued a circular to doctors reminding them to abide by guidelines laid out by the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) with reference to medical leave. The relevant guidelines cited were the 2016 Ethical Code and Ethical Guidelines (ECEG): Guideline B4(4) -

89% of salary disputes arise from cash-payment employers, confirms MOM

July 29th, 2018|

In a parliamentary reply to a question by MP Melvin Yong, Manpower minister Josephine Teo said in July 2018 that only 11% of work permit holders lodging salary claims were paid electronically. (Scroll down for full reply). This factoid supports TWC2's urging that electronic payment of salaries should be made

TWC2 supports disallowing reduction of salary from IPA

July 11th, 2018|

In the 9 July 2018 parliamentary sitting Minister for Manpower Josephine Teo floated the following idea: MOM is considering the possibility of disallowing downward salary revisions altogether. While this will provide workers with more certainty of their wage for the entire duration of their stay in Singapore, it could also

Singapore needs to relook foreign labour, says Finance Minister

April 28th, 2018|

The inflow of foreign workers must remain "well-calibrated" to encourage firms to continue improving productivity, said Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat. This was reported in Today newspaper on 18 April 2018.  "We need to maintain that calibration in order to send a very strong signal that productivity improvement is going