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Singapore: Labour Regulation

Regulatory Environment

Labour regulation is managed by the Ministry of Manpower. Employers are required to comply with health and safety regulations, industrial relations guidance, good employment practice and guidelines. Employers are also required to give serious consideration to the employment of foreign workers and foreign domestic workers and to understand and meet the various responsibilities required of them. Foreign worker levies must be paid, which range from SGD230 to SGD650 per month depending on the sector in which the foreign worker is employed, and their skill level.

Labour relations legislation is as follows:

  • The Employment Act 1968
  • The Employment (Part-Time Employees) Regulations 1996
  • The Employment (Children and Young Persons) Regulations
  • The Employment (Female Workmen) Regulations
  • The Retirement Age Act 1993
  • The Industrial Relations Act 1960
  • The Trade Unions Act 1940
  • The Trade Disputes Act 1941
  • The Criminal Law (Temporary Provisions) Act, Part III
  • The Singapore Labour Foundation Act 1977
  • The Children Development Co-Savings Act, Part III (in relation to maternity benefits)



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