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Postby gibbo » Fri, 22 Feb 2008 4:41 pm

dear all,
i arrived in singapore 3 weeks ago after being successful in getting a GM job here.

since i have been here all my MD has had me doing is cold call sales and building a network.

we have come to a head over this and i have an e mail regarding termination. this i do not care about, but after only 3 weeks do i have any rights against my apartment etc.

will he have to compensate me or my flight home. my contract has one eitherway which i believe is standard, but i have a $4,000 deposit and an early termination clause of an extra $3,000.

can some one help me here, please.
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Re: legal / employment law need advice.

Postby ksl » Fri, 22 Feb 2008 5:03 pm

gibbo wrote:dear all,
i arrived in singapore 3 weeks ago after being successful in getting a GM job here.

since i have been here all my MD has had me doing is cold call sales and building a network.

we have come to a head over this and i have an e mail regarding termination. this i do not care about, but after only 3 weeks do i have any rights against my apartment etc.

will he have to compensate me or my flight home. my contract has one eitherway which i believe is standard, but i have a $4,000 deposit and an early termination clause of an extra $3,000.

can some one help me here, please.



I don't believe the company can just terminate your contract, you obviously need to go and speak with MOM about this, and don't leave it to late, and/or find a new employer if you are unhappy. You have rights so go and find out about them, they are very good to talk too.

I guess you are feeling hoodwinked in accordance, with the job advertised, this happens, so don't be afraid to act, if they are in the wrong, they may have to pay you compensation and a fine, how much all depends on the contract and what it involves.

Your accommodation may not be covered by the employment act, so you will may have to seek any losses, through the small claims court, but MOM will explain everything about your rights, and they will help you out.

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SMS will be more up to date in this area i would think!

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thank you

Postby gibbo » Fri, 22 Feb 2008 5:20 pm

i have just finished a report on my perceptions of why I came here and his comments at the interview stage. i was coming here to be the GM and my contract is entitled GM coupled with a diagram of company layout which shows me at the GM position.
I have a back up copy of an e mail which states: all i want you to do is sales...
at 40 years old i do not expect this...
he arranged the apartment for me but i had to pay for it, I will not lose as my salary should cover these expenses, i just do not win. 3 weeks plus one month of termination.

thank you for the advise, i will go to mom on monday if he trys to shaft me.
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Postby ksl » Fri, 22 Feb 2008 7:30 pm

gibbo wrote:i have just finished a report on my perceptions of why I came here and his comments at the interview stage. i was coming here to be the GM and my contract is entitled GM coupled with a diagram of company layout which shows me at the GM position.
I have a back up copy of an e mail which states: all i want you to do is sales...
at 40 years old i do not expect this...
he arranged the apartment for me but i had to pay for it, I will not lose as my salary should cover these expenses, i just do not win. 3 weeks plus one month of termination.

me.


thank you for the advise, i will go to mom on monday if he trys to shaft
There is no point in waiting to see if he shafts, you, you have to start the ball rolling now, so that you know where you stand!

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sat, 23 Feb 2008 2:43 pm

I am sorry to say, but MOM will not help you. You will have to take it to civil court in order to do anything. As you were in a "Management" position and earning more than $1600/mo you are not covered under the "Employment Act" (Cap 50).

Welcome to the plight of all middle management in Singapore. We have only the contract that we signed. If it isn't in the contract then it's the fault of the employee for signing a contract that is not equitable on both sides. Therefore the onus is on the employee to fully read AND understand the contract BEFORE they sign it. There are lots of unscrupulous employers out there. Same goes with your rental contract, if you didn't read it woe be to you.

I don't like being the bearer of bad tiding but that is just about the way it stands. You can try negotiating with him........

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Postby gibbo » Mon, 25 Feb 2008 11:28 am

just for your info....

i got screwed... he has paid me 3 weeks salary, and 4 weeks unpaid leave...

so i have lost alot....

i expressed this which he replied, you have to assume some risk for coming here...

he also wants me to sign a waiver that states neither party can claim against each other....

thank you for the advice... back to the uk with a very unhappy experience....
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