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Raising awareness among foreign workers key in work pass compliance

As announced in Parliament on Monday, the Ministry of Manpower is set to tighten laws to ensure compliance with the work pass framework.

Raising awareness among foreign workers key in work pass compliance

Office worker at the financial district in Singapore.

SINGAPORE: As announced in Parliament on Monday, the Ministry of Manpower is set to tighten laws to ensure compliance with the work pass framework.

Under the proposed Employment of Foreign Manpower Act, employers are not allowed to recover cost such as insurance or foreign worker levy from the foreign worker.

And employers should also not pass such cost on to recruitment agencies.

It is also a criminal offence for employers to receive employment kickbacks in the process of bringing in foreign workers.

And as one member of the Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) for Manpower explains, raising awareness is the key in addressing the problem.

Yeo Guat Kwang, a member of the GPC for Manpower, said: "Educate all foreign workers. We also have to let the employers understand that if they have done something like this, workers at any point of time before they leave the country (can) actually make a report.

"At the end of the day, we bring in the foreign manpower to supplement the manpower shortage. It's important that we create a level playing field by ensuring that employers do pay the right cost to employ a foreigner."

Source: CNA/ck

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