Foreign Worker Allowance

Foreign Worker Allowance

Do employers have to pay their work permit (WP) holders an allowance after their contract ends and until they leave Singapore?

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Flight Ticket For Foreign Worker

Flight Ticket for Foreign Worker

QUESTION Dear HR Practitioners, I would like to check if the employment contract end for one of our China worker, do we cancel the work permit and buy a ticket for he/she to return and reapply the work permit for he/she to start a new contract? Reason is employee wanted to return home for vacation, who should bear the flight tickets. Denise     REPLIES & COMMENTS REPLY 1 If the employment contract is going to end and both the company and the staff is keen to renew the contract, company does not have to bear any air ticket costs. Further, it is not necessary to cancel the work permit for company can choose to renew the permit. However, if the company is not intending to renew the contract, company is liable to pay for the repatriation costs (e.g. air ticket). For S Pass and Employment Pass Holders, if they give consent in writing, employers can have them bear the costs themselves. Chris     REPLY 2 No need to cancel work permit, just buy the round trip air ticket for the worker to go back for vacation. You can online apply at CPF board website for Waiver of Foreign Worker […]

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Paternity Leave (1)

Paternity Leave for Non-Singaporean

QUESTION Hi Fellow Practitioners, Can I have your feedback on your company paternity leave practice. The current GPPL is 2 weeks for Singaporean. May I know did your company practice for Non-Singaporean? Thanks, KL     REPLIES & COMMENTS REPLY 1 Company follows MOM guideline: · Child is born a Singapore citizen; · The child’s mother qualifies for Government-Paid Maternity Leave (GPML); · Father is lawfully married to the child’s mother. We don’t extend such leave entitlement to Non-Singaporeans staff. Rose     REPLY 2 2 weeks across board for all employees. Shirley     REPLY 3 My company gives 2 days paternity leave for fathers of non-Singaporean children. JS   REPLY 4 We give 2 days paternity leave for non Singaporean child. TQM   REPLY 5 My company gives 2 days for non Singaporean child. Jocelyn     REPLY 6 It is 4 working days for my Company for a non-Singaporean child. SE     REPLY 7 For my company, we give them 2 days of paternity for non citizen. Michelle    

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Foreign

Foreign worker repatriation

QUESTION Dear HR Practitioners I seek your help and advice in managing the repatriation of foreign workers (FW). We have an FW whom we have to send back to China. In the past, we would just put him on a flight home. Nowadays, the situation is complicated due to COVID-19 as there is no direct flight to their hometown, transit and quarantine. If there are additional costs to be borne in the repatriation to the nearest airport, travel to hometown and quarantine, do we as the employer have to bear them? Appreciate your advice. Thank you. Yen     HR Poll: Does the employer bear the additional costs of repatriation of FWs? Yes: 81.48% No: 7.41% Not sure: 11.11%     REPLIES & COMMENTS   It depends on your company. Not compulsory. On a goodwill basis, you can give a sum amount for the staff to purchase the domestic flight. Angeline     My thoughts – it is the responsibility of the employer to repatriate to hometown, therefore, even with the additional complications due to Covid-19, the employer’s responsibility remains the same. Unfortunately, more work to organise it and more cost. Sophia     It’s the responsibility of every employer […]

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Foreign (1)

Foreign worker issues

QUESTION Dear Fellow HR Practitioners, I have a foreign worker who joined us on 1 November 2019 on a two-year contract. Now, he wants to resign and join another company claiming that his current salary is insufficient to support his family back home. We are unable to make any salary adjustments due to the current recession. He wants our permission to seek employment with another company and compensate him for the one way flight to his home country even though he is not going home. Do you face similar issues with foreign workers in your company? How do you think I should handle this situation and future problems from such employees. We are in the engineering industry. Thank you and best regards Christina     HR Poll: Are foreign workers becoming more unreasonable nowadays? Responses: Yes, I think so: 76.92% No, they are not: 7.69% I am not sure: 15.38%     REPLIES & COMMENTS         HRSINGAPORE | HR Community Message | Foreign worker issues  

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Foreign Worker Home Leave

Foreign worker home leave

QUESTION Dear HR Community, We have an employee who went back home to India on 15 March 2020. And due to COVID-19, he is unable to return to work with us. So we gave him permission to work from home. But he claimed that he was unable to do so due to issues with the internet. He then informed us that he wished to be on annual leave from 26 May until he is able to return to Singapore and continue his employment. Since he had only four days of annual leave left, do we consider him to be on unpaid leave now? Has anyone faced such issues with foreign workers? Thank you for your replies Kim     REPLIES & COMMENTS     Dear Kim This is what I suggest. 1. Deduct the annual leave that still exists or entitled to. 2. After the annual leave, the employee will be no pay leave. 3. Pay the levy if applicable until his return. Hope this helps. Regards, Racheal     Hi Kim We have the same issue as you. One of our colleagues on a work permit went for a holiday and was unable to return to Singapore due to […]

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Foreign Worker Medical Coverage

Foreign Worker Medical Coverage

QUESTION Hi HR Professionals, As employer we are obligated to purchase a medical coverage of 15k for foreign employees. My question is, what happened if the medical bills exceed 15k and for instance balloon up to 30k as employees down with critical illness? As an employer, are we obligated to bear the balance 15k or can we frustrate the employment contract? Regine     REPLY 1 The obligation is to purchase an medical insurance covering at least 15k. If the medical bill exceeded they amount, in general the employer is liable. For more details: www.mom.gov.sg/faq/work-permit-for-foreign-worker/can-my-foreign-worker-pay-for-their-medical-treatment-if-it-costs-more-than-the-medical-insurance-payout HS

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Handling Factory Foreign Workers

Handling Factory Foreign Workers

QUESTION Dear HR Practitioners, May I know how does your Company handle the following issues for blue-collar foreign workers (factory): 1) Habitual lateness 2) Always applying for unpaid/ urgent leave 3) Absent without approval as and when (not for 2 consecutive days) I know it is not legal to impose a penalty fee on them but is it possible to develop a deduction solution on the above issues? Looking forward to your advice. Many thanks. Sophia   REPLY 1 My suggestion is a communication session with the employee first if the situation does not improve, follow up with a verbal warning and a warning letter. Enter performance improvement plan as the final stage before it goes to the termination. If we communicated with the employee and provide a chance for them to improve. That is the best we do. Better keep that communication in written form and acknowledge by both parties at supporting document for just in case. KH   REPLY 2 In compliance with the Employment Contract of blue-collar foreign workers (factory): 1) Habitual lateness (within 1 month) For the 1st time, a verbal warning For the 2nd time, the warning letter For the 3rd time, last warning letter […]

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Childcare Leave For Foreign Employee

Childcare Leave for Foreign Employee

Question Hi HR fellows, We have a PRC employee whose child is below 7 years old, so rightfully, this employee should be entitled to childcare leave. However, her child is not in Singapore. In such circumstances, would you allow her to use this childcare leave? Thanks in advance for your advise. WC Reply 1 Follow MOM guideline on CCL and you know how to handle your situation. Rose Reply 2 Yes he is still entitled. Sue Reply 3 We only allow if Child is in Singapore or when Staff is going on home leave. ​ Rachelle Reply 4 Employee with non-Singaporean child are entitled to 2 days per year. For my case, their kids lived in Malaysia but we still give it to them because they might need it to visit their kids. It should not matter if they are staying in Singapore or Overseas. Since government do not require supporting documents for these leaves, we can’t control if they really use it for their kids. SS Reply 5 The purpose of granting the childcare leave is to allow the parent to spend some time with the child with no reason required for the leave application. However, if the child is not in Singapore […]

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