The Employment Act

Keep up-to-date with the legislative and regulatory changes in the Employment Act. Learn to interpret the Act confidently and apply it correctly.

Course Code/ID: CRS-N-0028057

The Employment Act is the key legislature governing employment contracts in Singapore. It stipulates the basic terms and conditions of employment that organisations must abide by. It is essential for any HR practitioners and anyone who has to operate the Employment Act in the workplace to have an in-depth understanding of its interpretation and application. An up-to-date knowledge of the law will keep your organisation from infringements. In addition, it will help you make timely advice and quality decision for management.

This course is designed to keep you up-to-date on the legislative and regulatory changes that influence organisations. After the course, you will be confident to interpret the Act and apply it correctly. For business owners and employers, this would keep you well-advised to ensure that your business is in order and compliant with employment regulations.

After the workshop, you will be able to:

  • understand the legislation that governs human capital relations in Singapore and its provisions
  • interpret the Employment Act and its clauses competently, and apply correctly
  • appreciate the implications of various provisions
  • keep up to date with the latest amendments to the Act
  • review company HR policy and practices

Outline

  • Macro Perspectives of EA Changes
    – EA Changes and its rationale
    – Implications of EA Changes for Organisations
    – Consequences of EA Changes for HR Practitioners
  • Key Features and Definition
    – Overview of the Parts and Sections
    – Interpretation of Terms
    – Contracts of Service versus Contracts for Service (Definition of Employee)
    – Differentiate Workman, Non-Workmen & PME (Professional, Managers and Executives)
    – Who are protected by the Act?
    – Who are not covered under the Act?
    – Are PMEs protected by the Act?
  • Contract of Service
    – Illegal Terms
    – Contract of Service versus Contract for Service
    – Termination of Contract with notice and without notice
    – Notice of Termination of Contract
    – Dismissal and Misconduct of Employees
    – Cross Reference to TAFEP guidelines
    – TADPM and ECT (Employment Claim Tribunals)
  • Payment of Salary
    – Salary Period and Time of Payment
    – Salary Computation
    – Cross Reference to Income Tax Act
    – Authorised and Unauthorised Deductions
  • Rest Days, Hours of Work and Other Conditions of Service
    – Rest Day
    – Computation of Salary for Work on Rest Day
    – Hours of Work and Overtime Pay Computation
    – Annual Leave
    – Retrenchment Benefits
    – Retirement Benefits (and Cross Reference to Retirement and Re-Employment Act)
    – Annual Wage Supplement
  • Maternity Leave and Childcare Leave
    – Maternity Benefits
    – Childcare Leave
    – Cross Reference to Childcare Development Co-savings Act
  • Holidays and Sick Leave Entitlements
    – Holiday Benefits
    – Computation of Salary for Work on Public Holiday
    – Sick Leave and Hospitalisation Leave Entitlement
    – Sick Leave Entitlement During Probation & After Confirmation
  • Recent Regulatory Changes
    – Year 2016 changes: Key Employment Terms (KETs), Itemised Payslip and Keeping Employees Record
    – Year 2017 changes
    – Proposed changes for 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.

Methodology

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

Trainer

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.

Essential Information

Available Dates

  • 9 & 10 January 2020 (EB: 19/12/2019)
  • 16 & 17 April 2020 (EB: 26/3/2020)
  • 23 & 24 July 2020 (EB: 2/7/2020)
  • 30 September & 1 October 2020 (EB: 9/9/2020)

Venue

School of Economics and Social Sciences, SMU or similar