13 Apr 2020
Ref No.: 130420(4)
Dear Valued ASPRI Members,
OVERCOMING COVID-19 TOGETHER:
DECLARATION OF SALARY PAYMENTS BY 15 APRIL 2020
1/2. DECLARATION OF SALARY PAYMENTS BY 15 APRIL 2020
MOM have published the latest advisory on making electronic payments to workers residing in dormitories. This is a new work pass condition. This advisory is for employers with foreign workers residing in dormitories, and provides guidance on the payment of salaries.
With the enhanced social distancing measures in place during the Circuit Breaker, the movement of foreign workers residing in dormitories are tightly regulated to reduce the spread of COVID-19 among foreign workers.
In addition, foreign workers in dormitories gazetted as isolation areas are not allowed to leave the dormitories and go to work. They will remain in quarantine for 28 days as a start, subject to further review.
Employers must continue to pay foreign workers in dormitories their salaries during this period. Under the Employment Act, employers must pay salaries within 7 days after the end of the salary period. Failure to do so would constitute an offence under the Employment Act for which employer can be prosecuted. Their work pass privileges will also be suspended immediately.
Declaration of salary payments
Employers with foreign workers residing in dormitories are required to make a declaration by 15 April 2020, 2359 hours that they will pay salaries electronically by the next salary payment due date.
2/2. HOW DO YOU OPEN A BANK ACCOUNT FOR YOUR EMPLOYEES
For employers who are having difficulty on how to go about creating a bank account for your employees, you may visit this link by MOM and follow the steps accordingly.