Workers to be better protected

PHOTO: Workers to be better protected

Some 450,000 workers are set to enjoy greater protection under a labour law that spells out minimum employment standards that firms must follow. The changes to the Employment Act passed by Parliament on Nov 12 extend its coverage to 150,000 more rank-and-file workers by raising the income cap from $2,000 to $2,500 a month.

Another 300,000 professionals, managers and executives (PMEs) earning up to $4,500 a month will be protected against unfair dismissal and for sick leave benefits, which they were not before.

The latest changes will "ensure reasonable labour standards for workers while balancing employers' need to stay competitive", said Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin in Parliament. They were triggered by the growing ranks of PMEs and changes in employment practices, he added.

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