Essentials of Employment Act and Relevant Employment Laws

Now that you have the basics of the EA down pat, how do you apply it to managing your staff and ensuring that practices adhere to employment regulations?

Course Code/ID: CRS-N-0048469

You might have heard this saying: “If HR does not get its house in order, it has no time nor the creditability to talk about people strategy”. This means that HR professionals need to ensure the basic HR structure and processes are put in place, and the fundamental basics adhere to employment regulations. Newly appointed HR Managers and HR Executives need to possess an acceptable level of awareness of the Singapore’s Employment Act, its basic principles and core framework, and how these are applied in people-management such as drafting of employment contract, designing HR policies and procedures, determining terms and conditions as well as computation of salaries and benefits.

With a higher level of education, our employees are clearly aware of their employment rights and contractual terms especially with the ease of access to information. It is thus important that new HR professionals are several steps ahead on matters related to the Employment Act and related laws. HR professionals can also help protect organisations from risks of non-compliance.

After the workshop, you will be able to:

  • describe essential terms and conditions that ensure existing practices comply with regulations
  • draft effective employment contracts that meet statutory and business operations requirements
  • handle dismissals effectively with reference to fair employment practices
  • design and implement progressive employment terms and conditions based on market practices and statutory specifications
  • respond effectively to enquiries related to EA and related employment laws
  • relate HR practices to other relevant employment laws
  • apply recent and upcoming changes in the implementation of HR policies and processes


  • Essential structures of Employment Act
    – Key definitions of the Employment Act
    – Interpretation of amendments to the Act
  • Contract of Services versus Contract for Services
    – What is covered and who is protected under the Act?
  • Coverage and Protection under Employment Act
    – Know the differences
  • Dismissal and the process of ‘Due Inquiry’
    – What constitutes dismissal
    – Know the guidelines for holding an inquiry
  • Payment of salary for different circumstances
    – Fixation of salary period
    – Payment on dismissal and termination
    – Authorised deductions
    – Limits to deductions
  • Rest Day, Hours of Work, Holidays and Other Conditions of Service
    – Working hours and overtime
    – Annual leave
    – Public holiday and sick leave
    – Annual Wage Supplement
    – Childcare leave
    – Paternity leave and maternity leave
    – Medical benefits and insurance covers
    – Retrenchment
    – Retirement and re-employment
  • KET (Key Employment Terms)
    – What is KET
    – When and why is it issued?
    – Items to include in a KET
  • Year 2019 changes
    – Highlight key changes in the Employment Act in Year 2019

Who should attend?

New and emerging HR managers, business owners, HR professionals, HR generalists, employee relations persons and consultants who have to operate the Employment Act in the workplace.


Participants are guided through practical steps of the topic with a combination of lectures, case studies, and group discussions.


Mr Henri Tan is currently a HR Consultant, workshop trainer, training facilitator as well as a certified WSQ (Workforce Skills Qualification) courseware developer with more than 18 years of experience in people management and people development. His two main areas of expertise are in The Employment Act and relevant employment laws, as well as the design and implementation of an effective Performance Management system.

In addition to conducting Employment Act workshops, Henri provides advisory services to companies on reviewing employment contracts and HR documents to ensure that they meet statutory specifications. He is currently appointed by a local agency as one of the Lead Auditors who are helping companies to bridge compliance gaps in HR practices with regulatory requirements.

He holds a Master of Arts from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), a post Graduate Diploma in Human Capital Management from the Singapore Human Resource Institute (SHRI) and a Bachelor of Social Sciences from National University of Singapore (NUS). He had also obtained the Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA) in 2010, Diploma in Adult and Continuing Education (DACE) and Certified Workplace Learning Specialist (CWLS) in 2016, awarded by the Workforce Development Agency (WDA). In addition, Henri is also a SHRM-Senior Certified Professional (US) and trained by UK-CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) in the area of Human Resources.

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