Singapore Employment Laws

In this section you will find an overview of the employment laws in Singapore as well as web resources for easy reference and training courses for practical application.


1. General Employment Laws

The Employment Act

Sets out the rights and conditions of employment for all employees excluding except managerial, executive and confidential employees, domestic workers, seamen and Government employees.

Employment (Part-Time Employees) Regulations 1996

Sets out the rights and conditions of employment for part-timers i.e. employees who work less than 30 hours a week.

Retirement and Re-employment Act (RRA)

Replaces the original Retirement Act . The original act sets out the terms of mandatory retirement at age 62. The new act requires employers to rehire employees older than 62 but younger than 65 who are able and willing to continue working. It also sets out the conditions of this re-employment.

Central Provident Fund Act

This sets out the regulations governing contribution to and use of the Central Provident Fund (CPF).

Skills Development Levy Act

This sets out regulations governing contributions to and use of the Skills Development Fund (SDF).


2. Employment of Foreigners

Employment of Foreign Manpower Act / Immigration Act

These regulations govern the issuance of work passes for the employment of foreigners.

Employment of Foreign Workers (Levy Order) / Employment of Foreign Workers (Fees) Regulation

These regulations governs the criteria and rates of the Foreign Worker Levy (FWL).


3. Industrial Relations and Trade Unions

Industrial Relations Act / Trade Unions Act / Trade Disputes Act / Singapore Labour Foundation Act

These regulations govern trade union activity in Singapore, including but not limited to the scope of trade union activity, the conditions for the carrying out of collective bargaining and strikes as well as the settlement of labour disputes.


4. Workplace and Occupational Safety

Workplace Safety and Health Act

This provides the legal framework for occupational safety and health. Unlike its predecessor the Factories Act, the Workplace Safety and Health Act applies to all workplaces in Singapore including corporate offices.

Work Injury Compensation Act (WICA)

This provides the legal framework for the assessment and procedures of compensation for workplace injuries and occupational diseases. WICA replaced the Workmen’s Compensation Act on 1 April 2008 and covers all incidents in the course of duty that occurred after it came into effect. Unlike its predecessor, WICA covers all workers including professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs).

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