Employers and employees that break employment laws in Singapore face a variety of penalties. Fines and jail are among the penalties that can be imposed. In addition to legal and financial penalties, the Singaporean government makes repeat offenders’ names public and instructs other government institutions and commercial banks to refuse them services and loans.
Despite this, firms in Singapore continue to break labour laws and regulations that protect workers’ rights. When an employee breaks the law, the penalty can only be applied if it is spelled out in a written contract or working agreement. If an employer violates employment regulations, such as by failing to pay wages on time, the employer will be required to pay a penalty equal to a percentage of the worker’s wages.
Employers must not go against company regulations which contain the rights and obligations of both the employer and employee, working conditions, rules of conduct, and period of validity of the company regulations.