Excuse Chit

Excuse Chit

Under the Singapore Employment Act, is an Excuse Chit recognised as a medical certificate?

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Working During Medical Leave

Working During Medical Leave

Can employees work during medical leave? Or voluntarily cancel their medical leave if they feel well enough to work? What if they got injured while working?

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Medical Benefits

Company Medical Benefits

QUESTION Hi all, My company recently introduced company panel doctors network to the staff. Staff are issued consultation cards for visit to clinics under the network and we are billed monthly for consultations made by our staff. Would like to know how do you verify these billings. The medical group claims they do periodic and annual audit checks on them. Thank you. Khim     REPLIES & COMMENTS REPLY 1 Fastest way is to get a report from your insurer broker with the breakdown annually before the audits and if annually is to long then you may request them to give you on quarterly basis. Noraisha    

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Return to Work during Hospitalisation Leave

QUESTION Hi Fellow HR Friends How do you calculate the amount to compensate the staff if he feels bored at home and wish to return to work during his Hospitalisation Leave. His injury does not affect his work, just some inconvenience. HL     REPLIES & COMMENTS REPLY 1 To protect the Employer, I would advise that employee give a written letter or email expressing his willingness & obligation to get back to work which will not affect his health recovery. He/She must be fully responsible for his request. If the company do not need said worker, please let him rest to comply to Employment Act. We give hospitalization leave & should employee works during his medical leave, pay according to number of day he/she works. Season     REPLY 2 Regardless once HL & ML has been issued, we must abide by it and not, bcoz of any other reason permit the staff back at work. What if an accident happens?? EJL     REPLY 3 If the staff is under paid hospitalisation leave, there would no additional compensation for coming back to work earlier. Unless there are allowances such as transport or handphone that is only given when at […]

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Long Sick Leave

Long sick leave

QUESTION Dear HR Practitioners, We have some employees who are going on long term medical leave. The leave period is about 3 months or more. When he is medically fit to return to work as certified by a doctor: 1. Do we allow him to return to his old job OR 2. Can we redeploy him to another job? Please share your views and comments by replying to this question and participating in the survey shown below. We are in the manufacturing industry. Thank you very much for your comments in advance. Agnes     HR Poll: When an employee returns to work after long sick leave, we 1. Allow him to return to his old job – 71.43% 2. Redeploy him to another job – 25.71% 3. Not sure what we will do – 2.86%     REPLIES & COMMENTS     We will allow the return to the old role or new role subject to availability and suitability. Z     The doctor needs to certify his condition before returning back to work, i.e. whether he is fit to continue his job role. Cheryl     We will assess his returning health condition in order to allocate the […]

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Sick Leave

Sick leave eligibility

QUESTION Dear HR Practitioners, We generally provide sick leave for employees who are unwell and can’t come to work. Yet, there are more reasons why our employees are taking sick leave nowadays. Are they eligible to use MCs for health screenings or doctor’s appointments? Do you usually grant them a full day off for these types of appointments? Has your view of sick leave changed as a result of Covid-19? Please share your views and comments by replying to this question and participating in the survey shown below. We are in the construction industry. Thank you very much for your comments in advance. Anna     HR Poll: Sick leave is approved to: Attend health screening: 14.86% See a doctor if unwell: 39.19% Keep a medical appointment: 21.62% See a specialist: 24.32%     REPLIES & COMMENTS     Any other medical appointment/s, employees utilise paid annual leave, otherwise, a sick leave certificate is given to the employee/s by the doctor/ specialist – the employee is entitled to utilise their paid sick leave. Nora     Most companies will allow sick claims. We to review to be more humane or empathetic during this pandemic. Maggie     Generally, sick leave […]

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Employee Termination In Thailand

Employee termination in Thailand

QUESTION Dear HR Community, I have an employee in our office in Thailand whose employment we wish to terminate. She was involved in a car accident and has been on medical leave since April. And due to her medical condition, her medical leave has been extended further to August. Given her current situation and the economic environment in Thailand, it is unlikely that she will have her old job if she ever returns to work. Yet, she is reluctant to resign and so we have to terminate her employment. Can anyone please advise how this can be done without flouting the labour laws in Thailand. Thank and regards Sharon     REPLIES & COMMENTS     Hi Sharon You can give a 60-day termination notice as prescribed by their labour law and be specific why she is being terminated. Give severance pay, salary payment during the notice period, and any unused entitlements like leaves. This should prevent any labour case of terminating without cause. Best of luck Gay   HRSINGAPORE | HR Community Message | Employee termination in Thailand  

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Failure

Failure to submit medical chit

QUESTION Dear Fellow HR Practitioners, I have an associate who wrote to inform us that he leaving office at 4 pm for a medical appointment. The next day, when we requested a medical chit from him to support his absence. He then explained that he did not see the doctor as the clinic was closed when he arrived. Kindly advise how we should handle such actions Thank you Sim     REPLIES & COMMENTS     Dear Sim, We would advise the employee that his leave is classified as annual leave.     These are his options: 1. Half-day annual leave will be deducted for not submitting a medical. 2. Half-day of the salary is deducted as it is considered as no pay leave. Medical appointments are made in advance, usually, to ensure seeing the doctor. Perhaps he wanted an excuse to leave work early. In which case, counselling and a warning may be required.    

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Leave Formula From Full Time To Part Time

Leave Formula from Full-time to Part-time

QUESTION Dear HR Community As I am new in this line, I would like to check on the formula for calculating annual, medical and hospitalisation leave for the employee. Let’s say the employee has 20 days of annual leave per year and is a full-time employee from 1 Jan to 30 may but will convert into a part-time employee from 1 June onwards. May I know what is the total number of leave she has? Also, she has 14 days of medical leave and is entitled to 46 days of hospitalisation. Best regards, Cherlyn     REPLY

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