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VIEW FROM AN NTU PROFESSOR

Protecting PMEs against whimsical dismissals

Amendments to the Employment Act make PMEs with a monthly salary of up to S$4,500 as good as statutory employees.

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With the changes to the Employment Act, employers of PME employees would need to put more effort into their recruitment and termination processes to stay on the right side of the law. This protection did not exist in the early days of Singapore's independence.

WHEN Singapore's main employment legislation, the Employment Act, was passed in 1968, it sought to standardise the working conditions of clerks, industrial clerks, shop assistants and workmen to instill discipline, attract foreign investment and create jobs.

The workforce demographics in

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