Singapore Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said in a press release that a firm, manufacturing metal precision components, has been convicted on Thursday after it failed to pay salaries to five of its employees.
The company identified as Raycom Engineering & Aerospace has been fined S$17,500 for failing to pay about S$30,000 in salaries. Moreover, the company also failed to pay corresponding Central Provident Fund (CPF) contributions to the local employees from March to May last year, reported The Channel News Asia. The MOM also announced that the company is barred from employing foreign workers.
It is also reported that Raycom, which faces 14 charges of failing to pay salaries has been convicted of five. Other nine charges have been taken into consideration for sentencing. The ministry said that it has been investigating since July 2016, after it was alerted about one such incident, and helped the affected workers to recover their salary arrears and CPF contributions. "MOM will take strong actions against those employers who have no respect for our employment laws," said Director of Employment Standards Enforcement Raymond Tan, as reported.
Habitual offenders in such cases can be fined up to S$30,000 and the authority can be sent to prison for up to one year.
Public was also made aware of the WorkRight hotline by the ministry. Anyone who knows of employers who have been denied any work right under the Employment Act can report anonymously to 1800-221 9922 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.