Ian Lim comments in ST and CNA on the new wider Employment Act coverage from 1 April 2019

The fundamental and far-reaching changes in the Employment Act are welcome; it’s indeed high time we relook at our employment legislation to ensure it stays relevant to the rapidly evolving face of work in Singapore. It is important though to be very clear on what constitutes wrongful or unfair dismissal, which will now cover all employees – the last thing we want is to inadvertently go to the other extreme and become one of those places where it’s virtually impossible to fire even a highly negligent or severely underperforming employee without paying hefty compensation. It’s important to strike a balance – if Singapore ceases to be an at-will employment jurisdiction and becomes unconducive for business and investment as a result, jobs will necessarily suffer as well.

http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/manpower/employment-act-to-cover-pmes-earning-above-4500-as-well

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/pmes-labour-experts-welcome-wider-employment-act-coverage-10015082

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