Employers Cannot Keep Money Belonging To Their Maids Starting Next Year
Employers will no longer be allowed to keep any money belonging to their maids, including paid salaries, starting from January 1 next year.
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is introducing this Work Permit condition in 2019 to protect employers and foreign domestic workers (FDW) from money-related disputes.
MOM said that having employers hold on to their maids’ money poses inconveniences and risks to both parties, as maids who have no direct access to their money will have to approach their employers whenever they need money.
On the other hand, employers would have to track the amount of money to be returned to their workers.
Those found guilty of keeping their maids’ money can face a maximum penalty of a S$10,000 fine and 12 months’ jail.
Employers are encouraged to pay their workers’ salaries electronically. They can help their maids set up a POSB Payroll account and CDE membership as part of the work pass issuance process online.