Updated: 04/02/2014 00:48

Employers risk being arrested for failing to pay salary of workers



Employers risk being arrested for failing to pay salary of workers

Employers who fail to pay the salaries of their workers face the risk of being arrested under changes to the Employment Act which kicked in today. 

The changes will also give employment inspectors from the Manpower Ministry the power to enter any workplace to conduct checks. 

If found guilty, first time offenders brought to court faces a maximum sentence of a $15,000 fine and six months imprisonment. 

Those not brought before the courts can be fined up to $5,000 up from $1,000 previously. 

Under the changes, directors or partners of companies will also be made more accountable for offences under the Act committed by the company. 

Such individuals will be presumed to be negligent unless it can be proved otherwise.

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