Employment Legislation & Industrial Relations



Managing and harnessing the talent and industry of employees have become the cornerstone to achieving an organisation’s business goals. This starts with understanding the rights and obligations of the organisation as well as the employees under Singapore’s legal framework. Whether it be dealing with individual contracts or as a group through the representation of trade unions, it is pivotal that managers, front line supervisors and HR professionals have a working knowledge of employment laws and guidelines governing the employer-employee relationship.

This 2-day workshop will equip participants with a comprehensive understanding and application of key features of Singapore’s labour legislation enabling them to deal effectively with issues including coverage of the Employment Act, contributions to the Central Provident Fund, employment of foreign manpower, post retirement re-employment. Participants will also learn to apply the guidelines of fair employment practices that are advocated by the Tripartite Alliance for Fair Employment Practices.



After the delivery of this module, participants should be able to:

  • Interpret and apply the requirements of the Employment Act (EA)
  • Understand employer’s and employee’s rights and obligations under the EA
  • Apply legislation appropriate in an employer-union relationship
  • Interpret and apply the requirements of:
    • ­ the Central Provident Fund Act
    • ­ the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act
    • ­ the Retirement & Re-employment Act
  • Interpret and apply TAFEP fair employment guidelines



  • Employment Act
    • Coverage
    • Payment of salary
    • Part 4: Hours of work & overtime, rest days & annual leave
    • Other leave entitlements
    • Others (mandatory retrenchment notifications, key employment terms & itemised payslips – transfer of employment – treatment of specific groups e.g. term-contract workers, children & young persons)
  • Employment of Foreign Manpower Act
    • Types of work passes
    • Levies and Quotas
    • Prohibition of employment of foreign employees without work passes
    • Presumption of employment
    • Prohibition of foreigner without work pass entering or remaining at work place
    • Extent of validity of work pass
    • Custody of work pass
    • General offences
    • Restrictions on receipt etc. of moneys
    • Proscribed manpower-related practices
    • General prescribed infringements
    • Liability for certain costs
    • Conditions of IPA for EP
  • Fair Consideration Framework
    • Key focus areas for employers
    • Common areas of infringement
    • Tripartite Alliance for Fair Employment Practices (TAFEP) objectives & guidelines
  • Retirement & Re-employment Act
    • Steps to re-employ an eligible older worker
    • Adjustments to the re-employment contract
    • Preparation for re-employment
  • Industrial Relations Act
    • Disputes resolution framework
    • Trade unions recognition framework
    • Code of Industrial Relations (IR) Practice
    • Other areas (representation for ordinary members & limited representation for executive employees)
  • Central Provident Fund Act
    • Registration as an employer
    • Responsibilities of an employer
      • Hiring a new employee
      • Paying CPF contributions
      • Compliance matters
      • Common mistakes by employers
    • Other related funds e.g. Self-Help Group Funds, Skills Development Levy
  • Workplace Safety and Health Act
    • Principles of the OSH framework
    • Targets
    • Stakeholders
    • WSH (Risk Management) Regulations
    • Offences and penalties



To anchor the learning and winning behaviour, this module incorporates:

  • Applicable industry best practices
  • Case studies and videos
  • Sharing of experiences
  • Interactive delivery of learning materials
  • Practical exercises


WHO SHOULD ATTEND                                       

  • HR professionals seeking to advance their foundational competence in labour legislation
  • New entrants to the HR function


In order to help participants understand the absorption of Learning Outcome, a short assessment is given within the 2 days Short Course (16 hours).

If the participant passes the short assessment; a Certificate of Completion shall be awarded by SHRI Academy Pte Ltd.

The purpose of the short assessment is to help the participants to know their SWOT and does not guarantee the success/failure in the actual IHRP Certification Assessment.

However, should the participant be unable to complete the short assessment, a Certificate of Attendance shall be awarded by SHRI Academy Pte Ltd.


Please note that the above Short Course – “Employment Legislation & Industrial Relations” has been accredited by IHRP.


Profile of Trainer

Noel Khng has more than 20 years’ experience in the Human Resources field.

For 18 of the 20 years he worked for the Shell Group of Companies where he had taken on roles as a generalist as HR Manager for its Chemicals plant, as well as specialist roles in Recruitment, Staff Administration, Employee and Industrial Relations, HR Information Systems and Learning and Development.

Currently, Noel is an associate lecturer and consultant with a number of reputable institutions specialising in HR related programmes.

He has also successfully developed numerous Workforce Skills Qualification (WSQ) HR related courses for the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA).


Intake Dates

1st Intake 21 & 22 June 2018
Thursday & Friday
2nd Intake 17 & 18 September 2018
Monday & Tuesday

Time: 10am to 6pm (Registration commences at 9:30am)

Venue: SHRI Academy, 10 Eunos Road 8, Singapore Post Centre #13-07, Singapore 408600


Course Fees*

$642.00 (Inclusive of GST)

* Funding subject to approval

For more information on UTAP funding Contact Ms Lynn: +65 64223785 or lynn.koo@shri.org.sg

  • All course registrations are subject to our terms and conditions, please click here to view. Course fees are subject to the prevailing GST charge. All information is correct at the time of publication. SHRI Academy reserves the right to amend any of the above information if necessary.
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For further information, please contact:

Ms. Lynn Koo | Tel: 64380012 | DID: 64223785 | email lynn.koo@shri.org.sg

Ms Nidhi Puranik | Tel: 64380012 | DID: 64223784 | M: 94511664 | Email: amulaynidhi@shri.org.sg

CPE Registration No. 200722689Z  |  CPE Registration Period: 30-01-2016 to 29-01-2020