Selection order for dismissals and layoffs in detail

There is no statutory selection order for dismissals under Singaporean law.

The Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (‘TAFEP’), a grouping comprising the Singapore Ministry of Manpower, the National Trades Union Congress and the Singapore National Employers’ Federation has issued an advisory note on ‘Managing Excess Manpower and Responsible Retrenchment’ which describes what must be considered when making employees redundant, including the amount of compensation, communications and other support for employees. The guidelines do not have the force of law, but employers are well-advised to consider them carefully. They do not give specific guidance on the issue of selection order but state that selection should be done on a fair and objective basis.

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Author: Rajah & Tann

Date: July 2019