Parties with a salary-related dispute must first go through mediation at the Tripartite Alliance for Dispute Management ("TADM"). Only disputes which remain unresolved after mediation at TADM may proceed to be resolved at the ECT.

 

Step 1Submit a mediation request at TADM (www.tadm.sg). If the dispute is not settled through mediation at TADM, the parties will obtain a Claim Referral Certificate from an approved mediator at TADM.
Step 2Gather the necessary evidence in support of the Claim.
Step 3

File a Claim with supporting documents, together with the Claim Referral Certificate at the Employment Claims Registry, located at the Community Justice and Tribunals Division at Level 1 of the State Courts building, 1 Havelock Square, 059724.

 

A Claim must be filed within 4 weeks after the date of issue of the Claim Referral Certificate. For example, if a party is issued a Claim Referral Certificate on 4 April 2017, the last day to file the Claim is on 2 May 2017. If the last day of the period is a Saturday, Sunday or a Public Holiday, the documents may be filed and served on the next working day.

 

Things to bring:

  • Personal identification documents
    • (for Singapore citizen or Permanent Resident) ­– NRIC
    • (for foreign citizen) ­– Passport and Employment Pass
    • (for non-individuals, e.g., companies, etc.) ­– Latest company profile and identification documents of the company's authorised representative, including a letter of authorisation from the company
  • Claim Referral Certificate from TADM
  • Filing fee (S$30 if the claim amount is S$10,000 and below; S$60 if the claim amount is more than S$10,000 and up to S$20,000)
  • Three (3) original sets of the Claim
  • One (1) original set and two (2) duplicate sets of supporting documents

     
Step 4

When the Claim is filed, a Notice of Case Management Conference will be issued to the Claimant to attend a Case Management Conference ("CMC") at the ECT on a specified date and time.

 

Step 5

Within 7 working days after filing the Claim, the Claimant must serve one (1) set of the Claim and one (1) set of the supporting documents and the Notice of Case Management Conference on the Respondent.

 

E.g. If the Claim is filed on 3 April 2017, the last day the Claimant must serve the Claim, supporting documents and the Notice of Case Management Conference on the Respondent is on 12 April 2017. If the last day of the period is a Saturday, Sunday or a Public Holiday, the documents may be served on the next working day.

 

The documents may be served by:

 

Hand
  • (For individuals) Delivering the documents to the other party at his last known place of residence
  • (For non-individuals, e.g., companies) Delivering the documents to any director, manager or officer of the other party at its registered office, or principal place of business
Registered post
  • (For individuals) Sending the documents by registered post to the other party's last known place of residence or business in an envelope addressed to the person
  • (For non-individuals, e.g., companies) Sending the documents by registered post to the other party's registered office or principal place of business
Others
  • By any means (including by facsimile transmission or electronic mail) as directed by the ECT

 

 

Step 6

The Claimant must file a Declaration of Service at the Employment Claims Registry within 4 weeks after the date on which the Claim is filed, and in any event, before the first CMC.

 

E.g. If the Claim is filed on 4 April 2017, the last day the Claimant must file a Declaration of Service is on 2 May 2017, and in any event, before the date of the first CMC.

Step 7

If a Respondent wishes to respond to the Claim, the Respondent must file and serve a Response with supporting documents, at the Employment Claims Registry within 7 working days after he is served with the Claim.

 

E.g. If the Claim is served on 3 April 2017, the last day the Respondent must file and serve the Response and supporting documents on the Claimant is on 12 April 2017. If the last day of the period is a Saturday, Sunday or a Public Holiday, the Response and supporting documents may be served on the next working day.

The documents may be served in accordance with the methods set out in the table at Step 5 above.

 

Things to bring:

  • Personal identification documents
    • (for Singapore citizen or Permanent Resident) ­– NRIC
    • (for foreign citizen) ­– Passport and Employment Pass
    • (for non-individuals, e.g., companies, etc.) ­– Latest company profile and  identification documents of the company's authorised representative, including a letter of authorisation from the company
  • Filing fee (S$30 if the claim amount is S$10,000 and below; S$60 if the claim amount is more than S$10,000 and up to S$20,000)
  • Three (3) original sets of the Response
  • One (1) original set and two (2) duplicate sets of supporting documents

     

    Note on Counterclaims:

     
  • If a Respondent has his own claim against a Claimant, the Respondent may wish to file a Counterclaim against the Claimant. The same rules and procedures apply to Counterclaims and Claims.

     
  • The Counterclaimant should follow the procedures from Step 3 onwards as if he were filing a Claim. The respondent to a Counterclaim should follow Step 7 onwards
Step 8

The Respondent must file a Declaration of Service at the Employment Claims Registry within 4 weeks after the date on which the Response was filed, and in any event, before the Case Management Conference.

 

E.g. If the Response is filed on 4 April 2017, the last day the Respondent must file a Declaration of Service is on 2 May 2017,  and in any event, before the date of the Case Management Conference.

Step 9

The Claimant and the Respondent must both attend the Case Management Conference at the ECT on the specified date and time.

 

Things to bring:

  • Personal identification documents
  • (for Singapore citizen or Permanent Resident) ­– NRIC
  • (for foreign citizen) ­– Passport and Employment Pass
  • (for non-individuals, e.g., companies, etc.) ­– Latest company profile and  identification documents of the company's authorised representative, including a letter of authorisation from the company
  • One (1) set of the Claim, Response and supporting evidence.  
  • One (1) set of the Declaration of Service and supporting evidence (e.g. if served by registered post, bring the Singpost slip with the tracking number, and a printed copy of the item status available on http://www.singpost.com/track-items).


At a Case Management Conference, the Registrar may, among other things:

  • Record a consent order, if parties settle their dispute
  • Grant a default order, if the Respondent fails to appear
  • Dismiss the Claim, if the Claimant fails to appear
  • Order the discovery or production of any document
  • Order the Claimant and Respondent to attend mediation, conciliation or counselling
  • Schedule a further CMC
  • Fix the case for a Hearing before a Tribunal

 

If a Registrar fixes the case for a Hearing, a Notice of Hearing will be issued to the Claimant and Respondent to attend the Hearing on a specified date and time.  

Step 10

The Claimant and the Respondent must attend the Hearing before the Tribunal.

If the Tribunal makes an Order, the Employment Claims Registry will prepare the Order and give a copy of the Order to both parties.

Filing a claim at the Employment Claims Tribunals 

Last updated on: 15/5/2017 3:16 PM

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