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Employers in Singapore must accept all official medical certificates, per the Employment Act: MOM

Employers in Singapore must accept all official medical certificates, per the Employment Act: MOM

Apart from the Act, there is no further set of guidelines for employers to follow regarding the acceptance of medical certificates, the Ministry said.

In response to Member of Parliament (MP) Jamus Lim’s Parliamentary query about the acceptance of medical certificates by employers, Singapore's Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has shared that any official medical certificate is to be accepted by employers.

Stating this on 9 May 2023 (Tuesday), it highlighted the Employment Act which states that any medical certificate from registered practitioners under the Medical or Dental Registration Act, including polyclinics, must be accepted by employers for granting paid sick leave.

This clarified MP Jamus Lim’s query on the justification of only accepting leave certificates from polyclinics, and noted that there is no further set of guidelines for employers regarding the acceptance of medical certificates as the Employment Act is stated clearly on the MOM website and in law.


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