Three employers in Singapore were recently charged in the State Courts for failing to pay salaries to their employees, according to the Ministry of Manpower.
Two other employers failed to turn up in the State Courts for similar offences and the cases have been adjourned. Goodmate Global Pte Ltd faces the most number of charges, with 17 charges brought against the company for salary offences.
In addition, a prosecution case involving a director (Ching Hwa Ming) of two companies (J S Environment Enterprise Pte Ltd and Nam Hong Engineering Pte Ltd) was presented before the State Courts for 30 charges of non-payment of salaries.
Employers who fail to pay salaries to their employees can be fined up to $15,000 and/or imprisoned up to six months. The penalty can be doubled for repeat offenders.
“Employers must pay salaries on time,” says Raymond Tan Choon Guan, Director of Employment Standards Enforcement.
“As in these cases, MOM will take stern action against errant employers for salary non-payment, including prosecuting those who have willfully refused to comply with Labour Court orders or those who owed large amount of salaries to workers.
“We urge employees who have not been paid their salaries or feel that their salaries have been wrongfully withheld to approach MOM or their unions early for assistance. Doing so early will improve their chances of salary recovery.”