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Unfair Employment Contracts

Postby martincymru » Tue, 11 Feb 2014 1:25 pm

Is there such a thing in Sg as an "Unfair Contract Act"?

For example:

We can fire you immediately but you must give one month notice.

I am shocked within Construction what tenderers are prepared to sign here. Guess it is true in all forms here (we wont discuss government agencies' Contracts....we are all forced to sign them whether you like/know it or not .....).

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 11 Feb 2014 2:03 pm

Once you fall outside of The Employment Act, you no longer have any protection aside from not signing the contract. No EP holder is going to fall under the purview of the Employment Act though.

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Postby Sergei82 » Tue, 11 Feb 2014 2:11 pm

Very typical for contracts with SMEs here. ;)

But more usually you have to give 2 months notice, and also pay 2 months salary as a penalty, while employer can terminate the contract with you without any notice and explanation. :)

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Postby AngMoG » Tue, 11 Feb 2014 11:12 pm

There are a few cases of unfair restrictions, but unequal notice period is not among them. Basically, once you are under EP, your rights are as stated in the contract, and that's it. If you have any issues, you need to go to court, MoM won't help you. If you fall under the Employment Act, there are a number of theoretical rights, but mostly those are either so low as to be laughable (e.g., minimum 7 days annual leave) or practically not enforced.

One thing that has been shown to be not too enforceable are non-competition clauses - but only if they are too unspecific (e.g., cannot work in same industry for two years). And even then, it can go either way in court.

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