S$13 million recovered in employee claims in Singapore

Employees who made claims for salary arrears and compensation for wrongful dismissal in the last financial year recovered S$13 million.
By: | October 20, 2021

The Tripartite Alliance Limited (TAL) disclosed this in its latest annual report which also said about 93% of the 4,556 employees who made such claims have fully recovered their salary arrears or received compensation from their employers.

Their cases were resolved at the Tripartite Alliance for Dispute Management (TADM) and the Employment Claims Tribunals.

Employees who want to make a wrongful dismissal claim must first undergo mediation with their employers at TADM, failing which, they will be referred to the Employment Claims Tribunals.

TADM recovered around S$16 million (US$11.9 million) in salaries owed to employees in Singapore in the previous financial year, with about 91% of employees who filed claims fully recovering their salaries.

The TAL was set up by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), National Trades Union Congress and Singapore National Employers Federation in 2016, and oversees TADM, the Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (Tafep) and the Workplace Safety and Health Council.

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In the annual report, TAL chairman Stephen Lee also said the organisation’s operations were affected by the pandemic and it needed to quickly change the way it worked, including conducting advisory and mediation services through e-platforms and over the phone, helping about 18,000 employees, self-employed persons and employers.