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Working from home country


Dear HR Community

Since COVID-19, half of our business support staff work from their homes in Singapore and standby to return to the office if required.

However, we have a Malaysian employee who has requested to work from home (WFH), from her home country.

Do we, as the employer have the right to reject such requests?

Are we violating any laws if we do not allow WFH from home country?

We are a manufacturing company.

Thank you.




HR Poll: Do we, as the employer have the right to reject such requests?

Yes: 52.94%

No: 5.88%

Maybe: 20.59%

Not sure: 20.59%


HR Poll: Are we violating any laws if we do not allow WFH from home country?

Yes: 25.00%

No: 55.00%

Maybe: 5.00%

Not sure: 15.00%





Inform her she is currently on standby working from home and you may need her to report back to the office on short notice. If she wants to return to her home country and work, she may be subjected to SHN regulations when she eventually needs to return to Singapore's office which will affect your business operations - TL

She is employed in a company based in Singapore so she should be working in Singapore whether onsite or at her Singapore home. The employer may still allow her to go back for a short period and return to SG. This is with a combination of working from home and personal leave. But need to withhold her salary in case she is not returning to Singapore - AT

I believe your employment contract indicated the work location is in Singapore. The company has the right to reject employees' requests for WFH in the home country. If employees work overseas for long, there will be tax and work pass implication after a certain period - Ivy

Since the rule is maxing half of the time over a reasonable period which is defined as 4 weeks, then perhaps staff shall be allowed home for 2 weeks and the other 2 to be based in office? - Z

My opinion is yes you can reject as you are on standby. If they return, PCA is for 3 months and they cannot return - RC

I'm in the construction industry, I have a backend employee who also works from home in Malaysia, she can perform what is expected of her, we have no problem with that. My husband works in an MNC, he has colleagues working from all over the world on a WFH basis, they operate perfectly well. If your worker needs to be physically present for the work to be performed, then WFH policy can not apply (example: electricians changing a light bulb, cooks working in a restaurant, etc). If the worker can complete the required task without being physically present, then it doesn't matter where his/her home is - KC


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