The Employment Act is Singapore’s main labour legislation and specifies the minimum terms and conditions of employment, and the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees under a contract of service. It was recently amended to include protection for more workers, and improved employment standards and benefits. Among the changes, the basic monthly salary threshold for non-workmen was increased from $2,000 to $2,500, and managers and executive earning a basic monthly salary of up to $4,500 are protected under the Act.
The penalties for offences under the Employment Act include a fine of between $3,000 and $15,000 and/or a maximum of 6 months imprisonment for the first offence. It is therefore imperative that all arts organisations align their human resource and manpower policies and contracts with the Employment Act.