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Employment Law 2024: Navigating the Regulations Governing Manpower Practices in Singapore


The Singapore employment landscape continues to evolve amidst global economic slowdown and a more uncertain business environment. The topic on workplace redundancies is in the spotlight again recently, and questions on responsible and legally correct retrenchment practices are regularly surfacing.

The number of retrenchments more than doubled in 2023, and business reorganisations and restructuring may lead to further retrenchments in 2024. Whether you are an employer or employee, employment disputes can be highly stressful and time-consuming. With a sound understanding of employment law, many of these disputes could have been avoided or properly managed.

In this timely workshop, our highly experienced speakers will help you navigate the regulations governing manpower practices in Singapore. They will also discuss the current issues and legal nuances relating to Singapore employment law, and share how you can avoid common pitfalls and stay in compliance with the law.

Programme Outline

  • The Increasing Role of Unions in Workforce Redundancies
    • What is a unionised workforce
    • Obligations of Employers
    • Types of Documentation Signed with Unions
    • When is an employee a union member?
    • Matters for an employer to consider when determining redundancy payments
  • The Increasing Role of Tripartite Alliance for Dispute Management (TADM) in Employment Terminations
    • Legal Framework: Employment Disputes
    • What types of claims will TADM accept
    • Overview of the Mediation Process
    • Enforcement of Award
  • Termination Payments
    • When Are They Free of Income Tax in Singapore?
    • Necessary Drafting Associated with Restraints of Trade and Compensation for Loss of Office
    • CPF Contributions on Termination Payments
  • Tax Issues – Earn Outs and Cross-Border Termination Payments
  • Common Errors in Calculation of Termination Payments Seen in Practice
    • Annual Leave
    • CPF Contributions
    • Income Tax Returns
    • Summary Terminations (Employment Act-based)
  • Employer Insurance Obligations
    • Basic obligations of an employer
    • Terms of coverage
    • Co-payment Arrangement
  • Employee Monitoring in Singapore
    • Overview of Data Privacy Laws
    • Applicability of Data Privacy Laws to Employee Monitoring
    • Legal Basis for Employee Monitoring Under The PDPA
    • Other Considerations
  • Upcoming Changes in Employment Law in Singapore
    • Tripartite Guidelines on Flexible Working Arrangements
    • Tripartite Guidelines on Restrictive Clauses in Employment Clauses


Practice Area: Employment Law

Training Level: General

6 Public CPD Points (SILE-Legal Professionals) (TBC)

SILE ATTENDANCE POLICY: Participants who wish to obtain CPD Points are reminded that they must comply strictly with the Attendance Policy set out in the CPD Guidelines. For this activity, this includes signing in on arrival and signing out at the conclusion of the activity in the manner required by the organiser, and not being absent from the entire activity for more than 15 minutes. Participants who do not comply with the Attendance Policy will not be able to obtain CPD Points for attending the activity. Please refer to for more information.

What you will learn

  • Learn to navigate the regulations governing manpower practices in Singapore
  • Understand the current issues and legal nuances relating to Singapore employment law
  • Learn how you can avoid common pitfalls and stay in compliance with the law

Target Audience

  • HR Professionals and Directors
  • Directors and Managers with HR and manpower responsibilities and would like to stay updated on recent hot-button employment law issues
  • Corporate Lawyers and In-House Legal Counsel

Expert Speaker

Jennifer Chih

Jennifer is a highly respected and experienced employment and immigration lawyer who has spent a significant part of her career helping companies navigate the complex world of employment and immigration law.

With her deep understanding of the law and policy, Jennifer has handled a wide range of employment law matters, including compensation for wrongful termination disputes, complex work pass applications and appeals, non-compete agreements, workplace discrimination, drafting employee share option plans, Fair Consideration Framework watchlist matters, Central Provident Fund and Ministry of Manpower audits, amongst other things.

Being an experienced negotiator, Jennifer has successfully helped in the resolution of numerous employment disputes through mediation and other alternative dispute resolution methods, including the Employment Claims Tribunal. Understanding that not all employment law matters can be resolved in the courtroom, she is dedicated to helping her clients find a resolution that meets their unique needs.

Jennifer has lectured and tutored in the National University of Singapore. She has also tutored in the Post-Graduate Practical Law Course conducted by the Board of Legal Education in Singapore , and is a regular seminar speaker on Employment Law issues.

Pieter de Ridder

Clients turn to Pieter de Ridder’s 30-plus years of experience advising multinational companies and institutions with interests in one or more Asian jurisdictions on their inbound and outbound work.

Pieter is a Singapore-accredited tax adviser and serves clients with his excellent working knowledge of regional tax matters in Asia. He also advises clients on tax efficient structures with respect to direct investment, restructurings, financing arrangements and joint ventures into or from Asia.

Pieter regularly advises on the tax aspects of investing in Indonesia, including off-take agreements and how these can be optimised from a global tax perspective.

Patrick Tay

Patrick Tay is a Member of Parliament of Pioneer SMC and Assistant Secretary-General, National Trades Union Congress. He heads the Legal and Strategy Departments in NTUC and is the Executive Secretary of the United Workers of Electronics and Electrical Industries (UWEEI).

Patrick is a leading industrial/employment relations professional and advises/represent unions/union leaders/union member in complex and contentious disputes in the space of employment/labour law as well as in the Industrial Arbitration Court. He has been involved in the lobbying and promulgation of the many employment/labour/manpower policies and legislation in Singapore.

  • Apr 29
    • $654.00 incl. GST
    Mon, 9:00 AM - Mon, 5:00 PM Sheraton Towers Singapore (Ballroom 2, Level 2)
    • $654.00 incl. GST
    • PD hours: 7

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