$20,000 fines for illegal hiring in Singapore

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Errant bosses who illegally hire foreign workers in Singapore will face harsher punishment, as new laws kicked in last Friday.

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will also have greater enforcement powers to punish these wayward employers. These errant bosses can also be dealt with more quickly as they need not be prosecuted in court, unlike criminal offences.

The changes to the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act (EFMA) included reclassifying some offences as regulatory breaches with penalties of up to S$20,000. They were approved by the Parliament on September 11 this year.

Bosses who receive kickbacks from foreign workers in exchange for a job, and getting around quotas by having local ‘phantom workers’ on the payroll, were included in the new list of infringements that were introduced.

“This will ultimately level the playing field for law-abiding employers and ensure that Singaporeans remain at the core of our workforce,” said the MOM on its website.

 

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