500 companies marked by MOM after unfairly favouring foreigners

Bad coys, bad coys, whatcha gonna do, whatcha gonna do when MOM comes for you?

By Sulaiman Daud | March 5, 2018

There’s Fortune 500 and then there’s Ministry of Manpower (MOM) 500 —  a list that is quite unfortunate to be on.

500 companies have been placed on a MOM watchlist for unfairly favouring hiring foreigners.

Speaking in Parliament on March 5 during the Committee of Supply debate, Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say confirmed that these companies will be added to the Fair Consideration Framework Watchlist.

Their Employment Pass (EP) applications will be subject to closer scrutiny.

150 companies have improved and left the watchlist. But this is after engaging with Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (TAFEP) and improving their HR processes.

He added:

“They have the pre-conceived idea that local PMETs (professionals, managers, executives and technicians) are either unable or unwilling to do the job, so they write them off without even considering them fairly.”

You’re being watched

So what will happen to these companies? According to international law firm Bird & Bird:

“Being placed on the Watchlist will negatively affect an employer’s Employment Pass (“EP”) applications, including a longer processing time of 3 months or more and the possibility of rejection of EP applications if the employer does not manage to get off the Watchlist within 6 months.”

The watchlist is part of the government’s effort to send a clear message that companies need to give Singaporeans a fair shot at job opportunities.

It applies to all companies in Singapore, who are also subject to the Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices.

Advertise locally first

Among the requirements to apply for an EP is that a company must first put up an advertisement on the Jobs Bank portal, administered by Workforce Singapore.

The advertisement must run for at least 14 calendar days before the company can apply for an EP.

If you’ve noticed any discriminatory job advertisements, or have experienced discriminatory employment practices related to nationality, you can file an online report at MOM’s portal here.

Top image from Gov.sg.

About Sulaiman Daud

Sulaiman believes that we can be heroes, if just for one day. His favourite Doctor is Peter Capaldi's Twelve. In his spare time he writes about film, pop-culture and international politics, which you are very welcome to read here.

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