Singapore's Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has invited public feedback on the proposed Employment Claims Tribunal (ECT).
Currently, the Labour Court provides adjudication services to resolve salary-related claims between employers and employees covered under the Employment Act (EA).
However, those not covered by the EA (including professionals, managers and executives - PMEs; and earning more than $4,500/month) would have to file their claims with the civil courts, which can a lengthy and costly process.
Thus, MOM announced plans in 2014 to set up an ECT, aimed at a more accessible system to resolve salary-related claims more quickly for all employees.
In consultation with the Ministry of Law, the Attorney-General’s Chambers, the State Courts and the tripartite partners (NTUC and SNEF), MOM has proposed that the ECT be established as a Tribunal under the State Courts, similar to the Small Claims Tribunal.
The ECT will take over the work of the current Labour Court in adjudicating salary-related claims.