Employment Act MasterClass

The Employment Act is the basic labour law governing employment relations in Singapore. It provides the basic terms and conditions of employment, spelling out the rights and obligations of employers and employees. To a greater extent, this act imposes labour discipline on employees and provides avenues for employers to deny them statutory benefits in the event of breach of discipline.
It is important therefore that, in both unionized and non-unionized environments, HR practitioners, supervisors, line-managers and executives, who have dealings with subordinates, have a good understanding and appreciation of the Employment Act to minimize disputes on employment issues with their staff and their union (if any).

Learning Outcome:

To give participants a good understanding of the various provisions of the Employment Act and its application in day-to-day dealing at the workplace. At the end of the MasterClass, participants will be able to answer some typical questions such as:

  1. What are the upcoming and recent changes to the Employment Act?
  2. What can I do if a new employee, who has signed the employment contract, fails to turn up for work?
  3. Can I offer an employee a higher starting pay in lieu of overtime claim?
  4. Is the Annual Wage Supplement (AWS) compulsory under the Employment Act?
  5. Can I ask my staff to work on split shift or 12-hour shift?
  6. Can I refuse to grant annual leave to an employee who is still under probation?
  7. Can an employer dismiss an employee who is frequently on sick leave?
  8. Can an employee use his annual leave to offset his notice period?
  9. How do companies often get into trouble with the labour law?


Lecture, Discussion and Question-and-Answer sessions.


A Certificate of Achievement will be issued upon completion of the MasterClass.

Training Outline

Historical background of the Employment Act
  • Scope of the Act: who is covered
  • Why are managerial and executive staff not covered?
Salary and Other Statutory Payment
  • Calculation and formula
  • Authorized Deduction
  • Unauthorized Deduction
Terms and Conditions of Employment
  • Shift work
  • Working hours & limits
  • Rest Day Work
  • Working on Public Holidays
Statutory Leave
  • Annual Leave/Childcare Leave (including Childcare Leave under the Children Development Co-Savings Act)
  • Sick Leave & Hospitalization Leave
  • Public Holidays
  • Denial of Leave for Disciplinary Reasons
Protection of Children and Young Persons
  • Can a child work?
  • What is the age limit?
  • Where can they work?
Protection of Female Employees
  • Maternity Leave Entitlement
  • Eligibility
  • Why limited to 2 children?
Termination and Dismissal
  • Termination of Contract
  • Termination without Notice
  • Dismissal for Misconduct
  • Inquiry Procedures
  • Right of Employees to Appeal
  • Consequences of Wrongful Dismissal
  • Case-studies
Other Statutory Provisions
  • Change of Employers
  • Claims limit
  • Enforcement by Ministry of Manpower
Additional Topics: Work Injury Compensation Act
  • Who are covered?
  • When are they covered?
  • How are they covered?
  • What are they covered under the Act?



Chia Boon Cher

Advisor, Virtual HR

With over 3 decades of experience, Virtual HR inhouse consultant Mr Chia Boon Cher had over 16 years of experience in the Ministry of Manpower before he joined the private sector in 1990. At the Ministry, he held various appointments including Enforcement Officer (Labour Inspectorate), Assistant Director (Conciliation) and the Registrar of Trade Unions.


Who Should Attend?

  • Line-managers
  • HR practitioners
  • Payroll practitioners
  • HR Sales Professionals
  • Any person interested to know more about the Employment Act and contractual terms.

When and Where?

18 Aug 2017
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Grand Pacific Hotel


Please contact Chia Boon Cher at (65) 9674 4989 or email to bcchia58@singnet.com.sg for any enquiry.

Cheque to be mailed to #03-06, 63 Hume Avenue Singapore 598742  and payable to Action Consulting & Training.

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