22 08, 2018

Work five months, fight salary case ten months

2019-08-30T16:31:02+08:00August 22nd, 2018|Articles, Stories|

By Cheryl Lim, based on an interview in May 2018 With his jaw tightly clenched throughout our entire one-hour conversation, 41-year-old construction worker Rahman Habibur, repeatedly asks me, “Can you get back my money? You can help?” “We will try our best,” I reply. With his hand on the official court order he brought to

27 07, 2018

MOM jealously guards their non-transparency, yet slams us for not knowing why they do what they do

2019-08-30T16:31:03+08:00July 27th, 2018|News, Our Stand|

On 20 July 2018, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) posted a note on Facebook (Link) saying they wished to refute two claims that we made in the article Jaynal lost hs case at ECT; was the tribunal’s decision sound? which can be found at this link. This is our response to MOM’s statement ("refutations") First of

30 05, 2018

Sarkar Robel finds his salary in a time warp

2019-08-30T16:31:04+08:00May 30th, 2018|Articles, Stories|

The main part of this story is based on an interview in November 2017, when the outcome was hard to predict. The postscript was written in April 2018 after the case had concluded.   The narrative hinges on dates. As you read it, pay close attention to the dates. On Thursday, 16 November 2017, Sarker Md

25 04, 2018

Employment Claims Tribunal handled 1,190 cases in first year of operations

2019-08-30T16:31:05+08:00April 25th, 2018|Articles, Facts, research, analysis, News, News Flash|

Marking the first anniversary of the new system for salary disputes, the State Courts issued a media statement on 24 April 2018 providing some statistics about the cases they handled during the first twelve months. From 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018, the Employment Claims Tribunals (ECT), a unit within the State Courts, saw

10 11, 2017

Basic salary stated in IPA is “prima facie” the applicable basic salary, rules the High Court

2019-08-30T16:31:09+08:00November 10th, 2017|Articles, Facts, research, analysis, News, News Flash, Our Stand|

In a landmark judgment released 1 November 2017, the High Court has ruled that the basic salary stated in the In-Principle Approval for a Work Permit (IPA) "would constitute prima facie evidence" of the correct basic salary rate, unless the employer can prove otherwise. The bar for proving otherwise was also set very high. This

10 04, 2016

TWC2 makes submission regarding proposed Employment Claims Tribunal

2019-08-30T16:32:03+08:00April 10th, 2016|Articles, Facts, research, analysis, News, Our Stand|

In February 2016, the Ministry of Manpower invited public feedback on the proposed Employment Claims Tribunal (ECT). The call for feedback can be seen at this link on the Reach website. Key points in the proposal include: ECT to be a tribunal under the State Courts, similar to Small Claims Court; ECT to handle all