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A Singaporean recruiter has become the first agency to be fined following its breach of a suspension order by entering into agreements with new clients, reports Channel News Asia. Sunway Employment was penalised for failing to comply with a cessation order from the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and ordered to pay SGD 30,000 (USD 24,120).
The suspension order took effect in May 2013; however, between June and July the company defied the order and accepted new clients. Under the Employment Agencies Act, an agency under a suspension order can only continue working with existing clients.
The firm could have been fined up to SGD 80,000 (USD 64,315).
The suspension was ordered following the agencies employment of a foreigner without a valid permit between June and July 2012. At the time, Sunway Employment was fined SGD 2,500 (USD 2,010) and made to pay a levy of SGD 347 (USD 280), in addition to the implementation of the suspension order.