Changes to Employment Law in Singapore



Changes to Employment Law in Singapore

Date Published: 1 May 2014

Authors and Contributors: Pradeep Kumar Singh, Bill Jamieson and Manisha Rai.


In late 2012, the Singapore Ministry of Manpower embarked on an exercise to review the Employment Act (“EA“) to ensure that it remains relevant and responsive to the changing labour market conditions and trends. The review of the EA was conducted in two separate phases. Phase 1 of the review was completed earlier in March 2013 and the Employment, Parental Leave and Other Measures Act was subsequently enacted on 12 November 2013 to amend various provisions in the EA with a majority of the amendments taking effect from 1 April 2014. Phase 2 of the review, which was focused on further protection of vulnerable workers, particularly those in non-traditional work arrangements (e.g. term contract workers, outsourced workers and freelancers) and the EFMA, was closed in October 2013.


Please refer to our CNP Guide to Employment Law in Singapore to find out more about these changes and employment law in Singapore by requesting a copy here.


Disclaimer: This update is provided to you for general information and should not be relied upon as legal advice.


CNPLaw’s Labour and Employment Lawyers

Pradeep Kumar Singh Admin Partner at CNPLaw

Partner, Management Committee

Pradeep acts for corporations, whether they are private or listed companies, on all aspects of their business including advice and drafting of documentation on investments, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions and restructurings. With Pradeep co-heading the Employment and Immigration team, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020 has commented that CNPLaw has “a solid reputation” for assisting local and foreign clients, who are employers or employees, with a range of issues.

Bill Jamieson is a Partner at CNPLaw LLP. Bill is an English lawyer who is also registered to practise Singapore law in the areas of corporate law, banking and finance and securities laws. He enjoys working in the diverse and dynamic Asian market and helping his clients to achieve their goals.

    Bill’s practice focuses on corporate financing transactions, investment funds, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and employment law matters. His experience includes 10 years in the City of London and over 20 years in Asia. Before joining CNP, Bill was a partner in a well-known international law firm. He is recommended lawyer for Corporate and M&A, Banking and Finance, Investment Funds and Labour and Employment in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021. Bill is one of the firm’s contacts for Interlaw, a network of independent full-service corporate law firms ranked by Chambers and Partners in its highest category, “Elite”, amongst all global law firm networks.

    Employment issues are of fundamental concern to both individuals and corporations alike. This is especially so given the growing emphasis on human capital development across the world. Such issues involve an intricate interplay between commercial objectives and normative considerations. Here at CNPLaw, our lawyers strive to help our clients find the balance required to nurture a positive working environment. We advise both employers and employees (whether local or foreign) on the areas below.

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