Balancing the Foreign Manpower Act with Your Labour Requirements

Learning Overview

Given the recent changes in the Foreign Manpower Act (FMA), it has become crucial for employers in Singapore to manage and balance the requirements relating to local and foreign employees. Equally important, employers must equip themselves with an understanding of the new offences and penalties that have been included under the FMA. 

From simple procedures such as work permit applications to substantive issues such as grievance handling, employers have to be vigilant in the deployment and management of foreign employees. If handled improperly, it will cause serious disruption to the company’s operations and risk sanctions from the Ministry of Manpower. 

Hence, this workshop seeks to equip companies, especially their HR practitioners, with practical knowledge and skills to manage foreign employee-related issues in an appropriate and expedient manner.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the rationale of Singapore’s foreign manpower policy 
  • Learn about the procedures and substantive requirements under the FMA 
  • Interpret the obligations of stakeholders such as employers, agencies and foreign employees 
  • Recognize the links of the FMA with other legal frameworks such as the Immigration Act and the Employment Act

Learning Outline

  • Overview of the FMA 
  • Types of Work Passes 
  • Duties of Employer and Occupier 
  • Conditions governing Work Passes 
  • Furnishing and Forfeiture of Security 
  • Offences and Prescribed Infringements 
  • Terms and Conditions of Employment under Work Passes 
  • Disciplinary, Grievance and Dismissal 

Who Will Benefit

HR practitioners, supervisors, line-managers and executives who need to have a better understanding of the Foreign Manpower Act and its practical applications.

Profile of Trainer

Chow Kwok Wah is a seasoned HR professional/trainer with over 40 years of experience, 22 years of which was spent in the transport and logistics industries.

Kwok Wah had worked in Senior HR Management positions in other sectors like manufacturing, high technology and financial services, in companies such as Smith Corona Singapore, Honeywell SE Asia and Asia Pacific, including Honeywell’s wholly-owned entity in China, Honeywell (Tianjin) Ltd., and its joint venture with China Petrochemical, Sinopec Honeywell Ltd., and Asia Capital Reinsurance.

He specializes in talent acquisition, talent management, succession planning, rewards and benefit management, learning and development and employee and industrial relations in large organizations, especially in the transport and logistics industry.


1 day


A highly interactive course based on lecture, activities, videos and discussion.

Other Information

Note: SkillsFuture + UTAP Fundings available

Course Calendar

Schedule Dates Duration SHRI Member Non-Member  
02 Aug 2018 1 Day  S$300.00 S$380.00   Registration
05 Dec 2018 1 Day   S$380.00  S$380.00  Registration

Course fees are subject to the prevailing GST charge. All information is correct at the time of publication. SHRICORP reserves the right to amend any of the above information if necessary.


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