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The Employment Act has been Singapore's main legislation governing employment relations. It sets out the basic employment terms and shapes the responsibilities and relationships between employers and employees.

Over the years, the Act has undergone amendments and revisions since its launch. It is therefore important that all those who deal with employment matters are familiar with the relevant laws, including any recent changes.

The newspaper reports of bus drivers going on illegal strike and the intervention of the Manpower Minister in the dismissal of pregnant staff without maternity benefits are examples of how failure to handle employment issues properly can result in serious consequences. In many instances, it is the lack of understanding of our employment laws that contributes to the poor handling of the situation by management.

Today, employer-employee relationship has become complex. Therefore, it is crucial that anyone involved in human resource management, employee supervision and management, need to be aware of the interpretations and application of the relevant employment laws.

This two-day program will give participants a fundamental understanding of human resource practices and the relevant employment laws. Discussing and sharing expected and contentious issues and provide useful inputs for reviewing your organizational human resource practices.

Course Details: 


After attending this program, participants will:

• Interpret and apply the relevant Employment Laws

• Know how to comply and avoid breaching the Employment Laws

• Have a better appreciation of your rights as an employer or employee

• Understand the difference between contract of service and contract for service

• Apply practical steps in managing common grievance and disciplinary issues

• Manage termination or dismissal process so that there will be no allegations of unfair dismissal

• Be aware of the various forums and avenues to resolve employment disputes

• Keep up to date with the latest amendments to the law and review company human resource policy and practices


I. Introduction To Employment Law In Singapore

• Understand sources of employment laws in Singapore

• Development of employment legislations


II. The Employment Contract

• Contract of Service or Contract for Services

• The employee and the independent contractor

• Rights of employers, employees and independent contractor


III. The Employment Act

• Who is covered – who is ‘an employee’, ‘workman’, ‘non-workmen’ and ‘PMEs’

• Key features of the Employment Act

• Rights of an employer and employee

• Understanding Key Employment Terms (KET)

• Terms and conditions of an employment contract

• Understanding express terms and terms implied by statute and common law

• Payment and deductions of Salary

• Rest days, hours of work, holidays and annual leave

• Maternity and Paternity Leave

• Transfer of employment

• Understanding termination, dismissal and retrenchment

  • Justifiable grounds for termination (e.g. misconduct, redundancy, resignations)
  •  Notice periods and severance pay requirements
  • Conducting a fair and ethical termination process
  • Understanding unfair dismissal claims and available remedies
  • Role of the Tripartite Alliance for Dispute Management (TADM) and Employment Claims Tribunal (ECT)
  • Redundancy – following proper procedures and providing support to affected employees

• Case studies and some common issues and offences


IV. Retirement & Re-employment

• Retirement age and re-employment obligations

• Eligibility for re-employment and process

• Terms and conditions of re-employment

• Employee rights and options


V. Harassment, Bullying and Other Misconduct

• Identifying workplace bullying and harassment

• The investigative process

• The Protection from Harassment Act

• Case studies


VI. Handling Workplace Discipline

• Defining workplace discipline and its purposes

• Positive vs negative discipline

• Discipline and its importance for maintaining a positive work environment

• Importance of fair and consistent disciplinary practices

• Progressive discipline and the severity levels of misconduct


VII. Handling Employee Grievances

• What is a grievance and the types of grievances?

• Why is a Grievance Procedure necessary?

• Consequences of mishandling grievances

• What are the different roles of supervisors, managers and unions?

• Review organisation needs/key features in developing a fair and effective grievance handling mechanism and procedure

• Skills and techniques of grievance handling

• Handling General and Individual Grievances

• The Grievance Procedure

• Making the Grievance Procedure Work

• Ways to create a positive workplace culture in mitigating grievances and promoting engagement


VIII. Work Injury Compensation Act (WICA)

• Scope of coverage

• Accident reporting

• Claims procedure

• Limits of claim and compensation

• WICA Vs common law

Who should attend

• HR Directors

• HR Managers

• HR Executives

• Line Managers/HODs



• Presentation

• Exercises

• Case studies

• Discussion


Othman Marican has more than 30 years of experience as a practitioner in human resource management and industrial relations. He has spent many years in the labour movement and also held senior human resource management positions during his tenure of work.

During the span of his career, he has held several appointments at the national level including being a Member of the NTUC Central Committee, National Wages Council, National Productivity Board (now known as SPRING Singapore), Skills Development Fund Advisory Council. Among others, he has also served as a panel member of the Industrial Arbitration Court.

He has been a trainer / lecturer in many varied local training institutions since 1993.

Administrative Details:

Scheduled Dates

• 19 & 20 November 2024  (Face-to-Face)  (28th Run)

Duration / Venue

• Two days

• 9 am to 5:30 pm

• Hotel seminar room


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


Course Fee

• S$ 1144.50 w/GST (S$1050.00) for Community/Corporate

• S$ 1177.20 w/GST (S$1080.00) for Non-Subscribers


Grants/Subsidies/SkillsFuture Credit are not applicable.


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

• Lunch will be provided

Past Participants:

Past Participants' Comments

• "The course has been very informative. Trainer delivered in a very effective manner! Great!" - Chua Ing IngWest UC Singapore

Past Participant Organisations

• 3D Networks Singapore Pte Ltd, A.S.Phoon Pte Ltd, AAM Advisory Pte Ltd, Advanced Micro Devices, Aetos Security Management Pte Ltd, AEW Global Advisors (Asia) Pte Ltd, AFPD, Agency for Science, Technology & Research, Aida Stamping Technology Pte Ltd, Alexander Mann Solutions Ltd, ANZ Bank, Aqua-Terra Oilfield Equipment & Services Pte Ltd, Arcapita, Ascott International Management (2001) Pte Ltd, AsiaPac Distribution Pte Ltd, Autodesk, Academies Australasia College, Advanced MedTech Corporate Pte Ltd, Amphenol FCI Asia Pte Ltd

• Baker Hughes Singapore Pte Ltd, Baldor Electric, Barclays Capital Global Services Singapore Pte Ltd, Baxter Healthcare Pte Ltd, Berkeley Books Pte Ltd, Biosensors International Ltd, Boehringer Ingelheim, Boon Koon Vehicles Pte Ltd, BP Singapore Pte Ltd, British American Tobacco (S), Brunel International SEA, Barclays Services Limited, Singapore Branch, Basler & Hofmann Singapore Pte Ltd, Brown-Forman Worldwide LLC, BGC Securities Hong Kong

• CAAS, Cadbury Enterprises Pte Ltd, Cameron (Singapore) Pte Ltd, CapitaLand Commercial & Integrated Development, CapitaLand Commercial, CapRock Communications Indonesia, Cargill International Trading Pte Ltd, CB Richard Ellis, Celestica Electronics (S) Pte Ltd, Central Provident Fund Board, CIAS, CISCO Security, Citibank NA, Comat Training Services, Cooper Cameron (S) Pte Ltd, Coperion Pte Ltd, Courts (Singapore) Pte Ltd, CPG Corporation Pte Ltd, Chr. Hansen Singapore Pte Ltd, Criteo Singapore Pte Ltd, Credit Counselling Singapore, Convergint Singapore Pte Ltd

• Daikin, Defence Science & Technology Agency, Deutsche Bank, DIC Alkylphenol Singapore Pte Ltd, DOCOMO interTouch Pte Ltd, Dornier MedTech Asia Pte Ltd, Draka Distribution Singapore Pte Ltd, DSTA, Dover Park Hospice, Driver Trett (Singapore) Pte Ltd, Dassault Systemes Singapore Pte Ltd

• Eli Lilly (Singapore) Pte Ltd, Emerson Network Power Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Ernst & Young, ETEQ Components Pte Ltd, Europtronic, Evolution Werks Pte Ltd, Excel Precast Pte Ltd, E-Bridge Pre-School Pte Ltd, Ematco Industrial Pte Ltd

• Flextronics Design, Flextronics Plastics (S) Pte Ltd, Forefront Medical Technology Pte Ltd, Frank's Logistic Singapore Pte Ltd, Fremantle Productions, Fulflex Singapore Pte Ltd

• Gas Services International (S) Pte Ltd, GB Yachts Ltd, GE Pacific Pte Ltd, Glen Defense Marine (Asia) Pte Ltd, Global Risk Consultants Pte Ltd, Goodrich Global Pte Ltd, Google, Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel Singapore, Gucci Singapore, GOJEK Singapore Pte Ltd, GME Chemicals (S) Pte Ltd

• Harry's International Pte Ltd, Herbert Smith, HS Compression & Process Pte Ltd, Hertel Singapore Pte Ltd, Henry Dunant Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, Hwa Chong International School, Hydro Systems Singapore LLP, HWI Healy World International Pte Ltd, Heliconia Capital Management Pte Ltd

• ICI Paints (S), IHI Marine Engineering (S) Pte Ltd, Imperial Treasure Restaurant, IMRE, Infineon Technologies, Infocus Systems, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, InterContinental Singapore, Irisnation Singapore Pte Ltd, ISS Facility Services Pte Ltd, Itochu Singapore Pte Ltd, ICD Security Solutions Pte Ltd

• J Power Consultancy, JMS Singapore Pte Ltd, John Crane Singapore Pte Ltd, Johns Hopkins Singapore International Medical Centre, Johnson Controls Holding (S) Pte Ltd, Jones Lang LaSalle, JP Management Consulting, Jay Gee Entreprises (Pte) Ltd, JCDecaux Singapore Pte Ltd, Jebsen & Jessen Business Services, Jebsen & Jessen Communications, JMS Singapore Pte Ltd, John Deere Asia (Singapore) Pte Ltd, JT International Tobacco Services (S) Pte Ltd, JTC Corporation

• Keppel Corporation, Keppel Land International, Keppel Shipyard, Keppel Singmarine, Kitagawa Electronics (S) Pte Ltd, KPMG, Kuehne & Nagel, Kulicke & Soffa (S.E.A) Pte Ltd, Kumon Asia & Oceania, Keysight Technologies (Sales) Singapore Pte Ltd, Kulicke & Soffa Pte Ltd

• L3 Communications, LASALLE-SIA College, Leo Burnett, Lesus Employment Agency Pte Ltd, Lifepharm Pte Ltd, Lintec, Lubrizol Southeast Asia Pte Ltd, Luxasia Pte Ltd, Lyondell, Lyreco (Singapore) Pte Ltd

• Mabanaft, Maccine Pte Ltd, MacGREGOR Offshore Division, Marakon Associates, Marina Mandarin Singapore, Marshal Technology, Mascot Capsule, Mayer Brown JSM (Singapore) Pte Ltd, McAfee, MCYS, MediaCorp Technologies, MediaRing, Meiji Seika (S) Pte Ltd, MENU Pte. Ltd, Micron Semiconductor, MINDEF, MINDS, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Home Affairs, Mitsubishi UFJ Securities (HK) Holdings, Mitsui & Co. (Asia Pacific), Morrison Express, MTM Publications, Michelin Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, Menicon Singapore Pte Ltd, McConnell Dowell South East Asia Pte Ltd, Metta Welfare Association, Mastermark Pte Ltd

• Nagravision Asia, National Environment Agency, National Parks Board, National University of Singapore, NEC Computers Malaysia, Nizza Recruitment Services, Noble Denton Singapore, NTUC FairPrice, NUS, NIIT(USA) Inc Singapore Branch)

• O.B. Singapore Operations, OCBC Bank, Oracle Corporation, Owl International

• P.T. Bank Negara Indonesia (Persero) Tbk Singapore, Poyry Forest Industry, PPD Development, Pratt & Whitney, Prisco, PSA Corporation, Public Utilities Board, Pramerica Financial Asia Headquarters Pte Ltd, Pacific Life Re Limited (Singapore Branch), Prada Singapore Pte Ltd, PT PGAS Telekomunikasi Nusantara

• Red Hat, Refco, Republic Polytechnic, RGM International, Riche Monde Sdn Bhd, Ricoh Asia Pacific, Robert Bosch, Rolls-Royce Singapore, Royal Plaza on Scotts, Raffles Medical Group, Redwood Interior, Regency Steel Asia, Republic Polytechnic, Research Instruments, Resource Dynamics, Rhodia Asia Pacific, Robert Walters, Roche Singapore Technical Operations, Rohde & Schwarz Regional HQs Singapore, Roper Southeast Asia LLC, Royal Danish Embassy, RSH (Singapore) Pte Ltd, RGF HR Agent Singapore Pte Ltd, Richemont Luxury (Singapore) Pte Ltd

• SAESL, SCCP Payment Services Holdings, Schaeffler (Singapore) Pte Ltd, SCT Technologies Pte Ltd, Seagate Technology, SembCorp Design & Construction, Sembcorp Logistics, SembWaste, Sentosa Beach Resort, Sentosa Resort, Sercel Singapore Pte Ltd, Siltronic Samsung Wafer Pte Ltd, Singapore American School, Singapore Children's Society, Singapore Component, Singapore Information Services, Singapore Oxygen Air Liquide Pte Ltd, Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore Press Holdings, Singapore Saizeriya, SKF Asia Pacific, SmartTrust, SMM, SPRING Singapore, Standard Chartered Bank, Star Cruises, Starsauto, Steelcase Office Solutions (M), Sud-Chemie SEA, Sumitomo Electric Interconnect Products (S) Pte Ltd, Super Coffeemix Manufacturing Ltd, SUT Sakra Pte Ltd, Swarovski Singapore Trading Pte Ltd, Spectris Pte Ltd, Singapore Tourism Board, Swiss-Asia Financial Services Pte Ltd, Singapore Exhibition Services Pte Ltd, Samudera Shipping Line Ltd

• TAC Controls, Temasek Polytechnic, The Royal Bank of Scotland plc, TMS Alliances, TNT Express, Transocean Eastern, Tripartite Centre for Fair Employment, Tritech Engineering & Testing (S), Tyco Fire & Security, The Loco Group Pte Ltd, Teva Pharmaceutical Investment Singapore Pte Ltd, The Hokkoku Bank, Ltd., Singapore Branch, Tindall Riley & Co Limited

• Umicore Precious Metals (Singapore) Pte Ltd, United Premas Ltd, United World College, UEMS Solutions Pte Ltd

• Ventus Global Pte Ltd, Virtual Associates, Virtual HR Pte Ltd, Vitol Asia, Vopak Terminals Singapore Pte Ltd, Victory Shipping Pte Ltd

• Watkins Syndicate Singapore Pte Ltd, Woh Hup (Private) Limted, Wan Hai International Pte Ltd, West UC Singapore Private Limited, Wilson Parking (Singapore) Pte Ltd, Watson Farley & Williams LLP

• Xilinx Asia Pacific Pte Ltd

• Yusen Air & Sea Service (S) Pte Ltd, YHS Singapore Pte Ltd, Yinson Production Offshore Pte Ltd