Hiring employees in Singapore

Resource Type: Country Guides | Published Date: 1 February 2021

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Our team of international HR, payroll, compensation & benefits experts have compiled everything you need to know when employing in Singapore so that you can meet your global expansion objectives.

The guide covers everything you need to know regarding The Employment Act, covering all the nuances, regulations and exclusions.

For example, the Employment Act covers most employees except for certain categories of employees: any person, declared by the Minister from time to time not to be employees for the purposes of the Act such as civil servants, domestic workers and seafarers.

This guidance will enable you to navigate Singapore’s primary legislation, providing you with the key framework needed to operate compliantly and avoid claims from the Tripartite Alliance for Dispute Management (TADM).

The full contents of the detailed guide to employing staff in Singapore are as follows: 

  • Employment of foreigners
  • Employment contracts
  • Probation
  • Remuneration
  • Working hours and time off
  • Leave
  • Social security coverage
  • Workers’ compensation insurance
  • Supplemental benefits
  • Termination of employment
  • Discrimination
  • Industrial relations
  • Data protection

This country guide is intended to be a summary of the major areas of employment law & HR practice and does not constitute legal or HR advice. The guidance was correct at the time of publishing and professional advice should always be sought as specific needs arise.

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