Labour

Main risks facing employers and employees in the foreign domestic worker industry

by Value Penguin Foreign Domestic Workers (FDW) make up one of the largest groups of migrant workers in Singapore due to the increasing need for Singaporeans to hire full-time help. Though demand is increasing, employers and workers face a number of significant risks. These risks range from innocent medical accidents to more sinister crimes that can create social polarity, political tension …

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MOM: Growth in local employment is likely to remain positive

Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in its latest statement on the labour outlook has commented that the labour market has continued to improve in the third quarter of 2017, with the drop in total employment in this period being lower than that in the two previous quarters, and affected mostly foreign workers. As a result, MOM stressed that the growth in …

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7 ways to save on foreign domestic worker-related expenses

by Value Penguin Hiring a full-time foreign domestic helper is expensive and keeping her employed over a length of time means your associated costs will only continue to increase. Since domestic help employers are responsible for covering a plethora of expenses relating to their employees, you may find yourself spending thousands of dollars a year on your domestic helper alone. However, …

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Empower survivors of violence to speak up, seek help and make informed choices

by Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics (HOME) On International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, we call upon the Singapore government to strengthen social support systems and access to remedies for women and girls who are survivors of violence. Migrant domestic workers are often the most at risk of physical, verbal and sexual abuse. Their vulnerability is heightened …

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Security officers recommended to be paid higher wage and less overtime work from 2019

The Security Tripartite Cluster (STC) has recommended to increase the wage floor of security officers starting from 2019 after reviewing the Progressive Wage Model (PWM) and overtime exemption (OTE) for the private security industry. The STC, in consultation with the tripartite partners, has recommended to increase the PWM wage floors starting from 2019, and remove OTE with effect from January …

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National Jobs Bank is meaningless?

The National Jobs Bank should disclose the statistics I refer to the article “Will the Jobs Bank really make a difference?” (Human Resources newsletter). It states that “But do senior HR practitioners here believe the Jobs Bank will make a difference? One regional HR lead believes the Jobs Bank will not “have a meaningful impact”. “It’s government lip service,” said …

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High Court victory sets precedent for migrant workers’ rights

by Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics Imagine paying thousands of dollars to land a job with a faraway employer you’ve never met or signed a contract with. That’s an unavoidable reality for many low wage migrant workers. Often, prior to arrival, the only assurance they have about the employer, job type and salary is their In-Principle Approval letter (IPA). The …

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