SINGAPORE - The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is tightening foreign labour policies to ensure stronger deterrent measures against employers who avoid the work pass framework.
The public can give feedback on three proposed amendments to the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act (EFMA) until the end of the month.
Comments can be sent via the REACH website on the public consultation page.
The first amendment will introduce a minimum amount of fines for employers who illegally employ foreign workers. The maximum amount for fines have also been increased for all offences under the EFMA.
Secondly, the range of enforcement powers will be expanded. MOM will have the power to enter and search a premise, as well as require employers to produce all employees for investigations.
Lastly, the scope for offences will be widened to facilitate law enforcement of complex syndicate operations. This includes breaches of work pass directives and giving CPF contribution to phantom workers.
Errant employers who bypass the work pass framework gain an unfair advantage over law-abiding competitors. This action also hurts employment opportunities for Singaporeans.
Syndicates also profit from illegally supplying foreign workers. These syndicates constantly devise new ways to counter the current policies.
These new amendments aims to strength enforcement capabilities and ensure the effectiveness of Singapore's foreign labour policies.