Posted by: garispang | July 16, 2009

Employment agent, 3 employers prosecuted for kickback offences

CrimeSINGAPORE: Three employers and an employment agent have been prosecuted for kickback offences.

The three employers were accused on Thursday of recovering employment-related costs from their foreign workers, while the employment agent was charged with paying inducements to employers to hire foreign workers through her agency.

The four cases involved 22 workers.

Ong Gim Chua, manager of Meeting Point Pub & Lounge faces ten charges for abetting the employer to recover levy and security deposit costs from ten foreign workers.

Ke Koon Seng, director of Seng System Engineering, was charged with making salary deductions from his foreign worker as a consideration for employment.

Wong Seng Kiong of Guo Tai Mei Trading faces seven counts of recovering levy from foreign workers.

Sun Bao Hua of Starseas Consulting Services faces four counts of abetting representatives of four bus companies to receive benefits by paying them to hire foreign workers through her agency.

The Manpower Ministry (MOM) said kickbacks undermine the integrity of the employment agency industry and distort the market for foreign labour.

Under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act, employers who breach Work Permit conditions can be fined up to S$5,000 and imprisoned for up to six months. They will also be barred from employing foreign workers in the future.

Employment agencies that breach the Employment Agency licence conditions will have their licences revoked and security deposit of S$20,000 forfeited.



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