Overview of Employment Law in Singapore


Employment law in Singapore has been evolving over the last half a decade and continues to do so.  The buzz phrase is fair, responsible and effective employer.  However, this opens the door to a more difficult work environment to manage, unless one knows how to navigate the issues.  Employment laws are contained in several pieces of legislation, guidelines as well as general common law. Alongside this, it is important to have a thorough understanding of the evolving polices that affect employment enforcement in Singapore.  A failure to understand and implement carefully could result in criminal prosecution as well as civil and administrative liabilities.  This interactive session reviews and explores the following critical issues:

Course Outline 

  • Employee - Employer Relationship Defined
  • Relevant Legislation and Rules Governing Employment Laws
  • Employment Act
  • Scope & Coverage of Employment Act
  • Statutory Terms, Conditions & Non-Statutory Benefits
  • Maternity Benefits & Protection, Childcare Leave (High level)
  • Hiring Practices – What are the Key Issues Today in Singapore?
  • Tafep Rules, including proper advertising, avoiding allegations of discrimination
  • Hiring Singaporeans, PRs and Foreigners – How to manage this?
  • Key Employment Terms, and Need for Contract – Drafting Tips
  • Need for consideration for employment contracts
  • Payment of Salary & Deductions and Other Benefits – What must employers remember and what employers usually get challenged for?
  • Determining what constitutes salary and packaging it right
  • Overtime payments
  • Managing allowances and other payments
  • Recognising what is deductible  
  • Making CPF payments, what is payable on, how to calculate
  • Ending Employment Relationship – Resignation, Termination, Mutual Separation, Redundancy – How Should an Employer Avoid a Dispute When Terminating?
    • Premise for ending employment relationship
    • How to give notice and avoid a dispute
    • Discrimination
    • Managing redundancy  
    • Termination package
    • Restraint of trade – Non-compete, Non-Solicitation
  • Managing Disputes – What’s the Best Option?
  • TADM
  • ECT
  • Courts
  • Recognising what is deductible  
  • Making CPF payments, what is payable and how to calculate

Who Should Attend

HR professionals, practitioners, business owners, executives and other personnel involved in HR related work.

Trainer Profile

Kala Anandarajah, PBM
Head (Competition & Antitrust and Trade), Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP

Described as “super switched-on” by Who’s Who Legal 2018, and one with “very wide vision” by Chambers Asia Pacific 2017. Asian Legal Business – SEA Law Awards Nominee 2017. Commended External Counsel of the Year 2016 by the Inhouse Community. Awarded Best Lawyer in Competition & Antitrust in Singapore by Best Lawyers 2015. Cited as Top 100 Women in Antitrust in the World by the Global Competition Review 2013. Winner of Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2014 AND 2015.

Kala heads the Competition & Antitrust and Trade Practice and leads the Corporate Governance Practice. On Employment Law, described as “responsive, helpful and commercial” by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Kala advises a number of multinational corporations on a regular basis in relation to their employment concerns, including employment agreements, executive  compensation benefits payable, including options of differing forms such as ESOPs and LTIPs, termination and termination benefits, non-compete, restraints, implementing and reviewing employment handbooks and manuals, employment transfer issues, whistleblowing policies and implementation and more.  Her team also coordinates employment law advice across the region for clients frequently.  Kala has been cited as a leading Employment & Labour lawyer by international peer review legal ranking journals. 

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11/14/2019 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
160 Robinson Road #06-01 SBF Center SINGAPORE 068914 SINGAPORE


Monday, 17 December 2018

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