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Prohibition against Termination

An employer shall not terminate the services of an employee on any of the following grounds:

1. Trade union membership or participation in trade union activities outside working hours or, with the consent of the employer, within working hours.

2. Seeking office as, or acting as the capacity of, an employee representative.

3. Making a complaint or participating in proceedings against an employer involving an alleged violation of laws and regulation.

4. Race, colour, sex, marital status, pregnancy, religion, political opinion, nationality or social origin.

5. Reasonable absence from work due to family emergencies or responsibilities.

6. Absence from work during maternity leave as certified by a medical practitioner.

7. Absence from work due to injury or illness provided that the employee submits a medical certificate to his employer by the third day of absence.

8. Absence from work in the performance of jury service as required by law.

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Home >> News and Events >> News >> Frequently Asked Questions Of Establishments On 2020 JOLTS
  • Who is conducting this survey and why do they need this data?

The Labour Department and Statistical Office (key agencies in the central government) are responsible for coordinating and conducting this survey. The survey is a National Labour Demand Survey which is being used to gather key data on employers’ needs and preferences in terms of the kinds of labour - i.e. job candidates with different qualifications to fulfil different jobs at their organisations – and the types of knowledge, skills and abilities they are demanding from the labour force.

This information provided here will help labour market planners and information users, policy makers in government and other stakeholders (e.g. educational and training providers) in formulating and implementing decisions and actions to ensure that the supply of persons entering the labour market are best suited to the needs of employers.  The goal is to develop the best supply of labour or potential pool of job candidates and prospective employees for employers to allow them to run their businesses effectively and efficiently with the best talent in the market.

  • How will this survey benefit your organisation?

The Labour Demand Survey has a number of benefits for organisations, educational and training institutions, government, and the country overall.  It will assist employers, especially those who participate in the survey, to better understand and assess the kinds of skills, knowledge and abilities that they need for their organisations, the better ways of finding new talent in the labour market, and also allow them to access the needed support to fill difficult job vacancies and the necessary training and development initiatives for their staff.  The goal is to provide key recommendations that will help improve your business operations by matching the best talent to your organisation and building competencies of staff as needed.  The better the human resources, the stronger the business can be.

  • How will this data be used?

The data will be used by the Labour Department and Statistical Office to formulate a comprehensive report that will provide key findings on establishments across the country on their views and preferences on the labour market and the types of skills/competencies that they require to assist their business operations.  The report will also provide recommendations for different stakeholders in key areas of government such as the Labour Department, Ministry of Education, and other relevant players in the labour market system on how to best meet the demands and needs of our employers by putting in place effective policies and interventions to assist them in finding the best and most suitable talent for their organisation.  This report will not disclose any names of establishments or individual respondents who participated in the interview. Confidentiality and anonymity will be strictly upheld in the process.  Once the report is completed and its release is approved, all stakeholders should be able to access this report.  You will be informed when the report becomes available next year.

  • How long will this survey take?

The survey will take approximately 30 to 45 minutes depending on the quality of information you have access to for addressing the various questions.  It also depends on how much employment activity – in terms of new hires, separations and job vacancies at your organisation - has occurred during the reference period of July to September 2020.  However, enumerators will stick to the questions closely and move smoothly through the process to complete this interview.

  • Who else is participating in this survey (other establishments)?

We have more than 300 establishments participating in this survey. Due to confidentiality and anonymity agreements, the Department would not share individual establishments’ names with you.  The participating establishments will not be identified in our reporting.  However, these establishments come from a range of industries in the private sector including those operating in the retail/wholesale sector, financial services, accommodation, food services and tourism, construction and utilities, and the wider services industries. Statutory entities are also included but not central government entities.

  • Who can you contact to verify this survey or ask further questions of?

You can directly contact the Labour Commissioner within the Department of Labour who is chief coordinator and manager of the Labour Demand Survey Project.  The necessary contact information is included for you.