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Friday, September 30, 2011

Six employers charged with defaulting on salaries!

by Alvina Soh

SINGAPORE - Six employers from various industries were charged in the Subordinate Courts yesterday with not paying their workers' salaries.

A cleaning company, Service Partners, faced the most number of charges. They allegedly defaulted on salary payments and had also been making unauthorised deductions from their workers' salaries since early last year.

The company and its director, Jufri Saini, each faced 136 charges under the Employment Act.

The court heard that about 70 workers were affected and the total amount involved was more than S$67,000.

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has assisted 51 workers in recovering their salary arrears, and 37 had received full compensation.

Five other employers were also charged with similar offences. These included directors and sole proprietors from the travel, telemarketing, and food and beverage sectors. The total amount of money unpaid varied between S$3,000 and S$28,000.

Two employers, including Jufri, told the court they were bankrupt. All six will be back in court next month.

It is an offence under the Employment Act for an employer not to pay salaries for work done within seven days after the salary period, or within three days from the termination of the contract of service. First-time offenders can be fined up to S$5,000 and jailed for six months. ALVINA SOH

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