SINGAPORE: The employment agency Xuri Employment was fined S $ 6,000 on Thursday (February 25th) under the Employment Agencies Act for failing to ensure that approval documents from principle be received by work permit holders before they leave for Singapore, the Department of Manpower (MOM) said in a press release.
As a result of this conviction, Xuri Employment will also have its agency license revoked, MOM said.
A Xuri employee was fined separately for offenses uncovered during investigations into the company.
âUnder the license conditions of employment agencies, employment agencies are required to take all necessary steps to ensure that a foreign employee receives a copy of his / her approval document in his in full as provided by the Ministry of Manpower no later than three days before leaving for Singapore, âthe ministry said.
âThis is to ensure that employees know and have the opportunity to clarify their key terms of employment, as well as their rights and responsibilities before they arrive in Singapore. “
Xuri had forwarded the in-principle approval documents of five work permit holders to their overseas agent on September 20, 2019, but failed to ensure that workers received a copy of the documents, the inquiries revealed.
As a result, the workers left for Singapore with different expectations of how much they would be paid, the ministry said.
THE INVESTIGATION DISCOVERED AN EMPLOYEE’S OFFENSES
Investigations into the company also revealed that one of its employees, Lim Hann Yeong, overcharged six work permit holders with agency fees. He also falsely reported their agency fees to the Work Pass Controller, MOM said.
Lim, 38, was convicted on February 13 and fined S $ 29,000 under the Employment Agencies Act. He was prohibited from working in the employment agency sector.
“Under the Employment Agencies Act, employment agencies are allowed to charge agency fees not exceeding one month’s fixed monthly salary of a worker for each year of service, capped at two months salary “MOM said.
“However, Lim had collected an excess of nearly S $ 1,000 from each worker in agency fees.”
MOM said Lim has since reimbursed the agency fees to the affected work permit holders, including the excess amount collected.
âIt is imperative that employment agencies and employment agency staff maintain fairness in the recruitment process,â the ministry said.
“MOM will not hesitate to take on errant employment agencies and their staff involved, including lawsuits.”