A 60-year-old Singaporean woman, Noor Hayah Gulam, was charged in court on Tuesday (Apr 11) for running an employment agency (EA) without a valid licence, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said.
The State Courts heard that Noor Hayah had allegedly posted job advertisements on a portal for job-seekers and placed foreign domestic workers with their employers, between November 2014 and March 2016. She collected bio-data and resumes, conducted interviews and sourced for potential employers.
She had also allegedly collected agency fees from the employers for the services rendered despite not having a valid EA license, according to MOM's press release.
If found guilty, she could be fined up to S$80,000, or jailed up to two years, or both, under the Employment Agencies Act.
MOM reiterated that employers who intend to engage the services of an employment agency should first verify that it is licensed.
“It is an offence to perform employment agency activities without a valid employment agency licence,” said MOM. “It is also an offence for any person or company to engage the services of an unlicensed employment agency.” Offenders can be fined up to $5,000 per charge.