Josephine Teo on fair retrenchments during COVID-19 pandemic

June 2020

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Josephine Teo on fair retrenchments during COVID-19 pandemic

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Companies found to have "disguised their retrenchments" could lose their Jobs Support Scheme wage subsidies and work pass privileges. Manpower Minister Josephine Teo issued this warning on Thursday (Jun 4), in reply to Parliamentary questions. She said employers are obliged to pay the retrenchment benefits spelt out in employment contracts or collective agreement. “Even during the COVID-19 period, whatever the termination of employment is called, an employee is presumed to have been retrenched if the employer cannot show a plan to fill the vacancy any time soon,” she said.

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