HRM001 – A Comprehensive Study Of The Employment Act

Value-Added Services – Free of Charge

Company Review
A one-time Confidential review of your workplace practices relating to the Employment Act – per company

For up to two weeks after the last day of the Workshop, provide advice either by telephone or e-mail.

Every employer is required to abide by the Employment Act as failure to do so will result in dire consequences which will adversely affect your Company’s business and reputation.  Moreover, non-implementation or misinterpretation of the relevant clauses due to ignorance can demoralise employees, culminating in low morale and productivity as well as loss of talent. Thus, it is vital that Management understands the full implications of the Employment Act to ensure that their companies steer clear of such problems.  This programme has been specially designed and developed to provide participants, with an in-depth grasp of the essentials of the Employment Act, its practices and its implications.

Learning Objective
On completing this programme, participants will have an overall working knowledge of the Employment Act which will enable them to develop HR strategies to support the achievement of your company’s business goals and plans.

For Whom
The following will benefit greatly from this course:
  – Your Company’s HR practitioners
  – Your Company’s Managers, Professionals and Executives
    (eg. Heads of Department, Division or Section) who influence or decide on or develop HR
  – strategies to support the achievement of your Company’s annual goals and plans
  – Senior Managers of SMEs – especially.

Training Date/Time: Closing Date:
Friday 4 March 2016; 9AM – 5PM 26 Feb 2016
Friday 29 April 2016; 9AM – 5PM 22 April 2016
Friday 3 June 2016; 9AM – 5PM 27 May 2016

Venue: PrimeStaff Management Services Pte Ltd

Course Fee: $450 (plus GST)/$320 (subsequent participants from the same company)

You may claim up to 400% tax rebate or 60% cash back of the course fee under the PIC Scheme. For more information, please visit
Course Contents
1) Background to the Employment Act
    – The origin of the Employment Act
    – The objectives of the Employment Act
    – Amendments to the Act since its origin and implications of the changes
    – What Classes of employees are covered by the Act? Variations? What are the Professional, Management and Executive (PME) staff?
2)  Preliminary
    – Interpretation
    – Invalidity of contract of service
3)  Contracts of Service
    – Illegal terms of contract of service
    – Termination of contract
    – Notice of termination of contract
    – Termination of contract without notice
    – When contract deemed to be broken by employer and employee
    – Misconduct of employee
    – Liability on breach of contract
    – Contract of service not to restrict rights of employees to join, participate in or organize trade unions.
    – Change of employer
    – Transfer of employment
    – Termination vs. Resignation vs. Dismissal
4)  Payment of salary
    – Fixation of salary period
    – Computation of salary for incomplete month’s work
    – Time of payment
    – Payment on dismissal
    – Payment on termination by employee
    – Payment to be made during working hours
    – No unauthorized deductions to be made
    – Authorised deductions
    – Deductions for absence
    – Deductions for damages or loss
    – Recovery of advances and loans
    – Deductions not to exceed 50% of salary
    – Offence
5)  Rest Days, hours of work and other conditions of service
    – Application of this Part to certain workmen and other employees
    – Rest day
    – Work on rest day
    – Hours of work
    – Shift workers, etc.
    – Annual leave
    – Payment of retrenchment benefit
    – Retirement benefit
    – Payment of annual wage supplement or other variable payment
    – Interpretation of “ordinary rate of pay”
    – Offence
6)  Maternity protection and benefits and childcare leave for parent
    – Length of benefit period
    – Payments to include holidays
    – When payment is to be made
    – Notice of confinement
    – Dismissal during absence prohibited
    – Employment after confinement
    – Forfeiture of payment
    – Right to benefit unaffected by notice of dismissal given without sufficient cause
    – Right to benefit unaffected by notice of dismissal given on ground of redundancy or by reason of reorganization of employer’s profession, business, trade or
    – Contracting out
    – Offence
    – Childcare leave for parent
7)  Holiday and sick leave entitlements
    – Holidays
    – Sick leave
8)  General
    Recent and forthcoming changes/issues:
    – Legislation relating to offer of re-employment to Retirees
    – Employment Assistance Payment
    – Professional, Management and Executive (PME) employees and the Employment Act
    – Tripartite employment dispute mediation
    – Adjudication at MOM
    – Fair Employment Practices
Method of Learning
A combination of lectures; actual landmark case studies; discussions; problem solving exercises and question-answer sessions; to show how the Act is applied.
Mr George Gaspar, PBM (Profile listed below)

7 contact hours

Programme Facilitator/ Course Leader
Certified Management Consultant (Fellow)

George is Fellow (Institute of Management Consultants) through IMC’s membership of the international Council of Management Consulting Institutes; such Certified Management Consultants have reciprocal recognition in USA, UK and other participating countries worldwide.

He holds academic and professional qualifications in Economics, Education and Management. He received his education, training and practice in Singapore, Malaysia, China, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Throughout, his education was made possible either by bursary awards or scholarships including a British Commonwealth Scholarship to study in UK.

Previously George was at the Ministry of Education as Education Officer, Research Officer and Lecturer. He worked with the Technical Education Department of the Ministry which pioneered technical, vocational and industrial training for Singapore. Under a UNESCO programme, he was sent to Japan and Thailand to introduce programmed learning.

He worked with the private sector at ESSO and then Hewlett-Packard. For these Companies he emphasized the culture of attract, engage and retain reliable employees in preference to hire and fire.

He joined the HR Consultancy of Personnel & Organization Development (Pte) Ltd. (POD) in 1977. He worked his way from HR Consultant to being Adviser, Consultant, Mentor and Coach to countless Chief Executives and Senior Managers and Entrepreneurs of local and international companies in the area of Human Resource Management.

Consultancy and training work took him all over the world. So he brings to his consulting, seminars and training invaluable local and international experience contemporary with the times. With George’s extensive experience in Employee-Employer Relations, he helped clients resolve employee relations cases in Company, Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and Industrial Arbitration Court levels involving the Unions of the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC). His experience in employee relations covers not only training but also consulting and conciliation and arbitration.

In consultancy work, George got involved, several times over, in the following projects.

    – Compensation and Benefits, Survey and Development of structure – for local and expatriate staff

    – Climate Surveys / Organizational Health Surveys/ Employee Behavior Research

    – Organization Development / Change Management

    – Development of Corporate Mission, Corporate Vision, Corporate Objectives and Core Values

    – Company reorganization and re-engineering

    – Job Competency Framework

    – Industrial Relations including CA negotiations, Conciliation and Arbitration

    – Performance Management including installing the Performance System

    – Development and use of Psychometric Tests

    – Restructuring of local enterprises

    – Business Excellence Niche Standard (People)

    – Total Employee-Management System

    – Talent Management

    – Employee Training & Development

George holds membership in the American Management Association; British Institute of Management; American Society for Training and Development; Institute of Training and Development (UK); Society for Human Resource Management (USA); HRM Consultants Forum (USA), Singapore Human Resource Institute.

In 1982, George was awarded the PBM – Public Service Medal for community service, by the President of Singapore. He also held positions in Government feedback groups and social and community groups.

Among his long list of Clients are Multi-national Corporations, Small & Medium-sized Enterprises and Government Ministries and Statutory Boards and Agencies.
The business domains include – Banking and Finance; Insurance; Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Trading; Logistics; Retail, Sales & Marketing; Engineering; Information Technology; Mining; Services; Associations; Marine and Oilfield; Aerospace; Airlines; Education; Research; etc.

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