Sharing on the Ministry of Manpower’s Foreign Workforce Policy Approach

Heng Jian Wei, Director, Foreign Workforce Policy Department, Manpower Planning and Policy Division, Ministry of Manpower; Ng Hwei Min, Director, Policy, Planning, and Strategy Department, Work Pass Division, Ministry of Manpower

Venue : AmCham Office, 1 Scotts Rd, Shaw Centre #23-03 S(228208) - Stamford American Auditorium

Date : April 20, 2018

Time : 12:45 PM - 2:30 PM

Price : $15.00

2018-04-20 12:45:00 2018-04-20 14:30:00 Asia/Singapore Sharing on the Ministry of Manpower’s Foreign Workforce Policy Approach - Stamford American Auditorium, #23-03, 1 Scotts Rd, Shaw Centre AmCham Singapore

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Description


Hosted by Government & Regional Affairs, Human Capital, & SME Committees

Lunch will be provided at this event.

Agenda

12:45pm – 01:00pm
          Registration
01:00pm – 01:05pm          Opening remarks
01:05pm – 01:10pm          Introduction of speakers
01:10pm – 02:00pm          Presentation
02:00pm – 02:25pm          Q&A / Discussion
02:25pm – 02:30 pm         Closing remarks

Synopsis

MOM will share about the “why, how and what” underlying Singapore’s foreign workforce policies, and in this context, provide an overview of the recent policy changes announced at Budget 2018. The session will also provide more information to help employers prepare for the upcoming changes to the Fair Consideration Framework (FCF) job advertising requirement, which will be implemented on 1 July 2018.

Changes to the Fair Consideration Framework Job Advertising Requirement

The FCF sets out clear expectations for companies to have in place fair employment practices. All companies must comply with the Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices and have employment practices that are open, merit-based, and non-discriminatory.

Since August 2014, employers are required to advertise job vacancies on the national Jobs Bank for at least 14 days before submitting Employment Pass (EP) applications if both these conditions are met: (a) the firm has more than 25 employees; and (b) the position pays a fixed monthly salary of less than $12,000.

From 1 July 2018, MOM will broaden the FCF job advertising requirement to require advertising of job vacancies if: (a) Firm has 10 or more employees; and (b) the position pays a fixed monthly salary of less than $15,000.

These changes ensure that the FCF job advertising requirement keeps pace with income changes, and that the local workforce continues to be fairly considered for job opportunities.

About the Speakers

Heng Jian Wei
Director, Foreign Workforce Policy
Ministry of Manpower

Jian Wei is the Director for Foreign Workforce Policy at the Ministry of Manpower. His portfolio covers policies on all work passes for foreign workers, including Employment Passes (including the Fair Consideration Framework), S-passes, and Work Permits. He previously held positions at the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Ministry of National Development.

Ng Hwei Min
Director, Policy, Planning, and Strategy
Ministry of Manpower

Hwei Min is the Director for Policy, Planning and Strategy at the Work Pass Division of the Ministry of Manpower. Her portfolio involves the operational implementation of work pass policies. Prior to her current position, she was handling labour relations issues including administering the Employment Act, resolving employment disputes and reviewing employment-related legislations. She also served as Secretary to the National Wages Council (NWC) between 2004 and 2011.

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