21 Jan '11, 9am

Groups welcome agency fee refund for foreign workers

SINGAPORE: A key amendment recently passed in the Employment Agencies (Amendment) Bill is being seen as a step forward by employment agencies and groups that look after the welfare of foreign workers. Under the new rules, foreign workers or maids who have their contract terminated within six months will be refunded 50 per cent of their agency fees. While workers who are prematurely terminated may take some comfort from the new measure, some industry players said there are some concerns regarding the move to get the employment agencies to refund the workers. "This regulation in fact is good for the workers. However, we need to study into the mechanisms how the refund works. If the maids resign work through the employers of their own accord, or own personal reason, the refund to the maids might not be appropriate," said Gary Chin, Managing Director, Nation Employment. Some a...

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