Library of HR Guides

Adjustments to Employment Act – 1 April 2014

There are some adjustments to the coverage of the Employment Act, which takes effect on 1 April 2014: persons employed in managerial and executive positions earning a basic monthly salary not exceeding $4,500 will be covered under the Employment Act, except for the...
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Re-thinking the Approach to Job and Process Redesign

The Productivity Drive The government has invested heavily in the drive towards greater productivity.  Local companies have benefitted from a whole slew of government assistance schemes like the Productivity and Innovation Credit (PIC), the Capability Development...
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NWC Wage Recommendations 2014/2015

The Ministry of Manpower has reported that it has accepted the recommendations of the National Wages Council (“NWC”) for 2014/2015.  The NWC Guidelines cover the period 1 Jul 2014 to 30 Jun 2015.  These recommendations are applicable to all employees,...
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“Revolving Door” Policy

Three years ago, one of your most promising middle managers approached you to tender his resignation after 2 and a half years on the job.  He had been head-hunted to join another Company in a similar line of work, but with regional responsibilities and a very...
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Policy on Social Media – Why you should have one

[originally posted on 15 Sep 2010] [updated on 9 Oct 2012] Blogs, Twitter, Facebook, IMs, eJournals.  All these forms of social media have become more and more pervasive as the price of being connected falls and people become more technology savvy.  The introducion of...
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Guide to Managing Employee Grievances

Proper management and response to employee grievances is key to ensuring harmonious employee relationships and a happy workplace.  Unfortunately, it is often overlooked by employers – in many cases leading to negative outcomes that could have been avoided. A...
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Keeping Employees Engaged and Happy

Unhappy employees can cause a lot of grief, have an adverse effect on quality and productivity, and fail to meet customer expectations.  Recent events involving the refusal of 102 bus drivers to report to work also highlight how employee grievances, if not handled...
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Redesigning Jobs for Mature Workers

Retirement ages in most developing countries are being increased as governments cope with falling birthrates and ageing populations.  In Singapore, the retirement age has been raised from 60 years to 62, and further increases are expected in the future.  New...
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Employment Pass Salary Criteria wef 1 Jan 2017

The qualifying salary for Employment Pass (EP) applications will be raised from SGD 3,300 to SGD 3,600 from 1 January 2017.  Other criteria will also be taken into consideration as part of the overall application process. EXisting EP holders whose passes expire:...
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NWC Wage Recommendations 2015/2016

The Ministry of Manpower has reported that it has accepted the recommendations of the National Wages Council (“NWC”) for 2015/2016.  The NWC Guidelines cover the period 1 Jul 2015 to 30 Jun 2016.  These recommendations are applicable to all employees,...
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Pre Employment Screening – Should You?

You’ve advertised for an open position and have recieved numerous applications.  After spending a week sifting through resumes and interviewing candidates, you feel you’ve found the right candidate.  He seems to have the right qualifications, the right...
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Improving Employee Retention

Employee retention continues to be one of the greatest challenges facing HR practitioners, business leaders, and line managers.  When one considers that it can cost up to 6x more to hire a new staff than to retain an existing staff, it becomes clear that more...
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Guidelines on Retrenchment in Singapore

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM), the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), and the Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) have come together to develop a set of guidelines for employers to manage excess manpower and retrenchments appropriately. The guidelines...
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Business Continuity for HR

On 26 Nov 2012, 102 service leaders from a local transport operator refused to turn up for work in protest against what they felt was discriminatory remuneration practices.  Singapore’s first industrial action in more than 20 years caused disruptions to up to...
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Managing Change Successfully

Like it or not, the old adage that “change is the only constant” is true.  The only variable is the impact of the change, and the way change was introduced.  Modern technology allows information and ideas to flow much faster than before and consequently,...
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Guide to Successful Job Redesign

Most organizations view job redesign with a degree of fear and dread.  However, job redesign should be viewed as a regular and necessary process for every organization in response to changes in the business environment, improvements in technology, statutory...
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NWC Wage Recommendations 2016/2017

The National Wages Council (NWC) Guidelines were published on 31 May 2016.  The guidelines cover the period 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017.  The recommendations are applicable to all employees – management, executives, provessionals, rank-and-file employees,...
Read More

Adjustments to Employment Act – 1 April 2014

There are some adjustments to the coverage of the Employment Act, which takes effect on 1 April 2014: persons employed in managerial and executive positions earning a basic monthly salary not exceeding $4,500 will be covered under the Employment Act, except for the...
Read More

Keeping Employees Engaged and Happy

Unhappy employees can cause a lot of grief, have an adverse effect on quality and productivity, and fail to meet customer expectations.  Recent events involving the refusal of 102 bus drivers to report to work also highlight how employee grievances, if not handled...
Read More

“Revolving Door” Policy

Three years ago, one of your most promising middle managers approached you to tender his resignation after 2 and a half years on the job.  He had been head-hunted to join another Company in a similar line of work, but with regional responsibilities and a very...
Read More

Guide to Managing Employee Grievances

Proper management and response to employee grievances is key to ensuring harmonious employee relationships and a happy workplace.  Unfortunately, it is often overlooked by employers – in many cases leading to negative outcomes that could have been avoided. A...
Read More

Improving Employee Retention

Employee retention continues to be one of the greatest challenges facing HR practitioners, business leaders, and line managers.  When one considers that it can cost up to 6x more to hire a new staff than to retain an existing staff, it becomes clear that more...
Read More

NWC Wage Recommendations 2016/2017

The National Wages Council (NWC) Guidelines were published on 31 May 2016.  The guidelines cover the period 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017.  The recommendations are applicable to all employees – management, executives, provessionals, rank-and-file employees,...
Read More

Employment Pass Salary Criteria wef 1 Jan 2017

The qualifying salary for Employment Pass (EP) applications will be raised from SGD 3,300 to SGD 3,600 from 1 January 2017.  Other criteria will also be taken into consideration as part of the overall application process. EXisting EP holders whose passes expire:...
Read More

Re-thinking the Approach to Job and Process Redesign

The Productivity Drive The government has invested heavily in the drive towards greater productivity.  Local companies have benefitted from a whole slew of government assistance schemes like the Productivity and Innovation Credit (PIC), the Capability Development...
Read More

Guide to Successful Job Redesign

Most organizations view job redesign with a degree of fear and dread.  However, job redesign should be viewed as a regular and necessary process for every organization in response to changes in the business environment, improvements in technology, statutory...
Read More

NWC Wage Recommendations 2014/2015

The Ministry of Manpower has reported that it has accepted the recommendations of the National Wages Council (“NWC”) for 2014/2015.  The NWC Guidelines cover the period 1 Jul 2014 to 30 Jun 2015.  These recommendations are applicable to all employees,...
Read More

Managing Change Successfully

Like it or not, the old adage that “change is the only constant” is true.  The only variable is the impact of the change, and the way change was introduced.  Modern technology allows information and ideas to flow much faster than before and consequently,...
Read More

Guidelines on Retrenchment in Singapore

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM), the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), and the Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) have come together to develop a set of guidelines for employers to manage excess manpower and retrenchments appropriately. The guidelines...
Read More

Policy on Social Media – Why you should have one

[originally posted on 15 Sep 2010] [updated on 9 Oct 2012] Blogs, Twitter, Facebook, IMs, eJournals.  All these forms of social media have become more and more pervasive as the price of being connected falls and people become more technology savvy.  The introducion of...
Read More

NWC Wage Recommendations 2015/2016

The Ministry of Manpower has reported that it has accepted the recommendations of the National Wages Council (“NWC”) for 2015/2016.  The NWC Guidelines cover the period 1 Jul 2015 to 30 Jun 2016.  These recommendations are applicable to all employees,...
Read More

Redesigning Jobs for Mature Workers

Retirement ages in most developing countries are being increased as governments cope with falling birthrates and ageing populations.  In Singapore, the retirement age has been raised from 60 years to 62, and further increases are expected in the future.  New...
Read More

Business Continuity for HR

On 26 Nov 2012, 102 service leaders from a local transport operator refused to turn up for work in protest against what they felt was discriminatory remuneration practices.  Singapore’s first industrial action in more than 20 years caused disruptions to up to...
Read More

Pre Employment Screening – Should You?

You’ve advertised for an open position and have recieved numerous applications.  After spending a week sifting through resumes and interviewing candidates, you feel you’ve found the right candidate.  He seems to have the right qualifications, the right...
Read More