Introduction

It is widely recognised that the key to successfully achieve an organisation’s business goals is its ability to manage and harness the talents and capabilities of its workforce. This starts with a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of the rights and obligations of the organisation as well as those of its employees under Singapore’s legal framework. The Employment Act (EA), among others, forms the basis for employees’ working terms and conditions and the rights and obligations of both the organisation and the employees in their contract of employment.

It is crucial that managers, front-line supervisors and HR professionals have a working knowledge of the Employment Act to ensure compliance and “doing the right thing”. A good foundation in understanding the Act will enhance employee relations and engagement. In unionized organisations, it will help build stability and harmony in labour management relationships.

Course Details: 

Objectives

• Interpret and apply the provisions of the Employment Act (EA) effectively by:

  • Describing of the coverage of the Act including the status of professionals, managers and executives (PMEs),
  • Emphasising the importance of the contract of service,
  • Distinguishing between the contract of, and for service,
  • Applying the proper process of termination of contract in compliance with the legislation and the provisions of the Retirement and Re-employment Act (RRA),
  • Preparing for disputes arising from allegations of unfair termination of rank and file and PMEs,
  • Applying the legal requirements of salary payment,
  • Explaining the provisions of Part 4 of the EA,
  • Describing the terms and conditions of employment required by the Act,
  • Explaining the requirement of employing part timers and children, and
  • Describing all parenthood benefits in connection with the provisions of the Child Development Co-Savings Act (CDCA).

• Explain employer’s and employee’s rights and obligations under the EA.

• Conduct self-audit and ensure compliance in current terms and conditions of employment.

• Be aware of the impending changes affecting the Act in 2019.

Who should attend

• Line Managers, Front Line Supervisors and HR professionals

 

Methodology

• Applicable industry best practices

• Case Studies

• Sharing of experiences

• Interactive delivery of learning materials

• Practical exercises

 

Benefits of Attending This Course:

• Awareness of the basic terms and conditions of employment as required for compliance with the Employment Act;

• Understanding of rights and obligations of both employers and employees under the Employment Act; and

• Awareness of how payments for overtime work and work on rest day and public holiday

Outline
Day 1
Introduction to the EA
  • Objectives & coverage of the Act
  • History & development of the Act
  • Amendments to-date
  • Impending amendments

Coverage of the Act

  • Who is (not) covered by the Act
  • Extent of coverage
  • Status of professionals, managers & executives
  • Definition of a workman

Contract of Service

  • Contract of service vs contract for service
  • Legal requirements and essential clauses of an employment contract
  • Terms and conditions of an employment contract
  • Prohibition & restrictions

Termination of Contracts of Service

  • Contractual termination of employment contract
  • Termination of service with or without notice
  • Broken contract between employer & employee
  • Difference between dismissal with notice and without notice
  • Definition of “dismissal”
  • Termination due to misconduct
  • Conduct of inquiry and suspension
  • Employee internal & external appeal process
  • Compensation/reinstatement for wrongful dismissal
  • Termination as a result of retirement
  • Termination as a result of retrenchment

Payment of Salary

  • Definition of salary
  • Rate of pay
  • Time of payment
  • Authorised deduction of salary
  • Recovery of advances and loans
  • Quota for Expatriate
  • Payment of Expatriate
  • Employment Tax of expatriate
Outline
Day 2
Part 4 of the Act
  • Hours of work
  • Rest days
  • Annual leave
  • Annual wage supplement
  • Basis for calculating payments for
    • overtime work and work on rest day
    • non-monetary benefits e.g. annual leave entitlement etc

Parenthood Benefits

  • Coverage & benefits under EA and CDCA
    • Maternity benefits
    • Paternity leave
    • Childcare related leave
  • Qualifying conditions
  • Prohibition of dismissal during maternity leave
  • Termination of service while pregnant and maternity leave
  • Maternity benefits for fixed term contract employees

Holiday and Medical Benefits

  • Public Holidays (PH) entitlement
  • Substitution for PH falling on rest and non-working day
  • Substitution for PH for shift workers
  • Basis for calculating rate of pay for work on a PH
  • Sick leave entitlement & qualifying conditions
  • Conditions for recognition of medical expenses & certificates
  • Termination of contract while on sick leave

Part Time Employment

  • Definition of part-time employment
  • Definition of temporary, casual labour and fixed-term, on-loan employees & independent contractor
  • Basis for calculating:
    • pro-rated benefits
    • encashment of benefits

Employment of Children and Young Persons

  • Definition of child & young person
  • Terms & conditions of employing children & young persons
  • Restrictions imposed

Others

  • Truck system
  • Registers, returns & other documentary requirements
  • Inspections & enquiries by Ministry of Manpower
  • Claims, complaints and investigations into offences
  • Administrative penalties
  • Procedures & regulations

Trainer

Noel Khng has more than 20 years’ experience in the Human Resources field working for the Shell Group of Companies. He has taken on roles as a generalist as well as specialist roles in Recruitment, Staff Administration, Industrial Relations, HR Information Systems and Learning and Development.

He also worked as the Group HR Manager for Mewah International Inc., one of the largest palm oil refiners and traders in the world, headquartered in Singapore with 3 refineries in Malaysia and marketing offices in China, Australia, Russia, Rumania, Poland, Brazil and Argentina. Leading a team of 28 HR professionals, he was charged with setting the overall direction for HR policies and practices across the Mewah Group.

By way of academic achievements, Noel holds a Master’s of Science (UK) majoring in HRM and a Diploma in Industrial Relations. He also successfully completed the Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA).

Noel is currently one of the trainers for HRSINGAPORE's HR Certification Courses.

Administrative Details:

Scheduled Dates

• 8 & 9 January 2019  (1st Run)

Duration / Venue

• Two days

• 9 am to 5:30 pm

• Hotel seminar room

Certification

A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded at the end of the course.

 

Cost

• S$ 950 for Community

• S$ 980 for Non-Subscribers

Refreshment

• Coffee & tea with snacks during the morning and afternoon breaks

• Buffet lunch with vegetarian & halal options

 

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