SINGAPORE – An employment agency was fined and fined Thursday (February 25) after its expiration caused five work permit holders to come here with the expectation of different pay.
Xuri Employment has been fined $ 6,000 for violations of the Employment Agencies Act (EAA) and will have his employment agency license revoked by the Department of Manpower (MOM).
Xuri Employment had forwarded the principle approval documents (IPA) of five work permit holders to their overseas agent on September 20, 2019, but did not ensure that workers received a copy.
The IPA documents aim 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.
But because the workers did not receive the documents, they came to Singapore with different salary expectations.
The five were also among six work permit holders who were overcharged by Lim Hann Yeong, a staff member of Xuri Employment. Lim, 38, also falsely reported the agency fees collected to MOM.
Employment agencies are allowed to charge agency fees up to one month of a worker’s fixed monthly salary for each year of service, capped at two months of salary.
But Lim had collected nearly $ 1,000 more from each worker in agency fees.
He was convicted on February 13 of last year and fined $ 29,000. MOM also banned him from working in the employment agency business.
Lim has since reimbursed the fees, including the excess amount collected, to the affected work permit holders.
MOM said in a statement Thursday night that it would not hesitate to take action against stray employment agencies and their staff involved if they fail to maintain fairness in the hiring process.
Members of the public who have information about the violation of laws under the EAA should report the matter to MOM on this website.