The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) intends to amend the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act in 2012  to strengthen the regulatory hand vis-a-vis errant employers, reported the Straits Times, December 29, 2011. The aim is to “hold employers more accountable for the basic rights and welfare of migrant workers under their charge,” the newspaper reported.

This brief mention was part of a short story on what to expect in the coming year on the foreign manpower front. Other expected changes include the introduction of the Settling-in Programme for domestic workers and intensification of the clampdown on trafficking when the inter-agency task force formed by the Ministry of Home Affairs and the MOM is expected to roll out its National Plan of Action.