2017 changes and updates in Employment law and regulations
The last issue of 2016 SDS newsletter introduces the article from Personnel Today, online HR news by the XpertHR team, highlighting the changes in Singapore employment law coming up in 2017.
1) Qualifying salary for EP will be raised from January 2017
From 1 January 2017, the minimum qualifying monthly salary for employment pass applications for foreign workers to work in Singapore will be raised from SGD3,300 to SGD3,600.
MOM has explains that it is a part of regular update to keep pace with rising local wages and maintain the quality of the foreign talents.
2) Longer parental leave for Singaporean’s father: January 2017
A further benefit for fathers from 1 January 2017 is the increase from 1 week’s paid paternity leave under the Child Development Co-Savings Act (CDCA) to 2 weeks.
To qualify for this leave, the employee must be married to the baby’s mother and the baby must be a citizen of Singapore.
3) Maternity leave for unwed mother: early 2017
A female employee currently receives Government-funded paid maternity leave under the CDCA scheme if her baby is a Singapore citizen and she is married to the baby’s father.
Updated legislation will remove the requirement for the parents to be married for babies born from early 2017.
4) Shared parental leave: July 2017
From 1 July 2017, the wife may share up to 4 weeks of her maternity leave entitlement with her husband.
5) Adoption leave: July 2017
6) Re-employment up to the age of 67: July 2017
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the original article.