Still worried about getting retrenched? Here are the latest MOM guidelines

You might have come across a recent article by Next Singapo on Singapore’s slowing economy which has also affected our Malaysian friends. It is not just affecting Singaporeans you know.

A big influx of migrant workers can also mean a large retrenchment exercise. Even Malaysia’s trusted newspapers have highlight this worrying concern on their citizens being forced to seek for job openings in Malaysia.

Singapore MOM

Here are the latest MOM guidelines.

With effect from 1st Jan 2017, employers must notify MOM of retrenchments within five working days. This affects all companies with at least 10 employees where five or more employees are retrenched within any six-month period. Employers who do not notify MOM in time can face warnings and penalties including a fine of up to S$5,000.

Is the economy worsening in the Lion City? The figures are worrying. So far, a total of 200 companies have reported retrenchments to MOM so far in 2016, allowing the MOM taskforce to offer assistance to 3000 people.


MOM, NTUC and SNEF have also issued an advisory listing out guidelines for responsible retrenchment practices. Please complain to MOM if you feel that you have been harshly treated in a retrenchment exercise. These are:

  1. Fair selection of employees to be retrenched
  2. Early consultation with unions
  • Letting affected employees know early of their fate
  1. Fair retrenchment benefits are in place
  2. Assistance rendered in finding the next job for the affected individual

Heard of any major retrenchment exercises in Singapore? Feel free to comment below.