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By Michael Mackey
April 14—Singapore changed its rules on employee retrenchment (layoff) benefits effective April 1, the Ministry of Manpower announced.
“From 1 April 2015, an employee who has been employed in a company for at least two years can request retrenchment benefits if he or she is retrenched,” the MOM statement said.
Previously, benefits were available only for those employed at least three years.
Singapore's employment law does not stipulate the amount to be paid in retrenchment benefits, leaving determination of the sum to negotiation between the employee and the employer.
The Ministry of Manpower advises employers to carry out any retrenchment exercise responsibly, in consultation with the union (if any) representing the employees. The company should pay all salary due (including unconsumed annual leave, notice pay and similar benefits) on the employee's last day of work.
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The April 1 MOM statement is available at http://www.mom.gov.sg/newsroom/Pages/HighlightsDetails.aspx?listid=329.
For more information on Singaporean HR law and regulation, see the Singapore primer.
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