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Mandatory Retrenchment Notifications - by MOM
From 1 January 2017, employers will need to notify MOM of retrenchments within 5 working days after they notify the affected employees.

Related form
Retrenchment notification form -
Employers are strongly encouraged to notify MOM on your retrenchment exercise to allow Workforce Singapore (WSG) to offer employment facilitation assistance, even before the mandatory requirement kicks in on 1 January 2017.

Related advisory
Tripartite Advisory on Mandatory Retrenchment Notifications -

Notifying MOM of retrenchment exercises will enable Workforce Singapore (WSG), the tripartite partners – the Ministry of Manpower, the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and the Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) – and other relevant agencies to help affected employees find alternative employment and/or identify relevant training to enhance employability.

How to notify

  1. Download the retrenchment notification form.
  2. Fill up the required details in the retrenchment notification form. This will take you about 10-15 minutes if you have the following information ready:
    • Company UEN
    • Company contact person details
    • Size of workforce before retrenchment (Singaporean, PR, foreigner)
    • Details of workers to be retrenched or who have been retrenched:
      • NRIC or FIN
      • Residential status
      • Date of retrenchment
      • Job title
  1. Email the completed form to

Who should submit retrenchment notifications?
Employers who employ at least 10 employees are required to notify MOM if 5 or more employees are retrenched within any 6 month period beginning 1 January 2017.

What constitutes a retrenchment?
For the purpose of this advisory, retrenchments are defined as dismissal on the ground of redundancy or by reason of any reorganisation of the employer’s profession, business, trade or work. This applies to permanent employees, as well as contract workers with full contract terms of at least 6 months.

When should I submit the notification?
The notification must be submitted within 5 working days after the employee is notified of his or her retrenchment.

For the first four employees to be retrenched, the notification must be submitted within 5 working days after the 5th employee is notified. Thereafter, the notification must be submitted within 5 working days after each employee is notified.

What is the penalty for non-compliance?
Failure to notify within the required timeline is an offence and you may be liable on conviction to penalties, including a fine not exceeding $5,000.

Where to seek further assistance?
For assistance on employment facilitation services, companies can contact the following:

Workforce Singapore (WSG)
Phone: 6883 5885

Employment and Employability Institute (e2i)
Phone: 6474 0606

For further clarification on the mandatory retrenchment notifications, companies may approach MOM.
Phone: 6438 5122
First they restrict the hiring of foreigners, now they make firing more difficult, I wonder in the near future will they enforce a fix number of employees per trade.
Just another protection plan that will go bad.

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