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Singapore – Court makes first charge against employer breaching recruitment rules

25 March 2013

A court in Singapore charged an employer for engaging with an unlicensed agent last week. This is the first time an employer was prosecuted successfully since amendments to the employment agencies act came into force in April 2011, the Ministry of Manpower reports.

The court charged 23-year-old Indian national Sadh Aakash Raman for using the services of an unlicensed employment agent. He had engaged the agent Balaguru S/O Amirthalingam to supply a work pass application for an overseas worker working at his company. But the agent did not possess a valid licence, which is illegitimate.

The accused pleaded guilty and was also convicted of illegally employing a foreigner without a valid work pass. Sadh, director of a small retailer Times Supermarket, was fined SGD 4,500 (USD 3,600).

The ministry said: “It is an offence to use the services of any person not licensed by the Commissioner for Employment Agencies for recruitment and hiring needs. If found guilty, offenders can be fined up to SG 5,000 (USD 4,000) for each employee engaged through the unlicensed employment agency.” Offenders can also face potential jail sentences of up to 12 months. 

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