Late Salary Payment – What Can You Do?


This doesn’t usually happen in big organisations like MNCs, GLCs and government bodies.

But for those working in SMEs, which “make up 99 percent of our companies, employ 70 percent of our workforce and contribute 50 percent of our GDP” (source), there’s a greater possibility that salary payments aren’t always on time.

Otherwise, you wouldn’t see this FAQ in MOM’s website.

MOM stipulates that your employer “must pay your salary within 7 days after the end of the salary period” (source). For example, if your salary period is 1 July to 31 July 2015, your July salary must be paid by 7 August 2015.

So what can you do if your company doesn’t pay you on time?

You can take action by making a claim against your employer at this MOM claim page.

If your employer is habitually late in making payroll payments, you can also submit a confidential complaint.

Note that you have to be covered by the Employment Act in order for MOM to assist you. Basically, all local and foreign employees, whether working full-time or part-time or on contract, are covered by the Employment Act, unless you are a:

  • manager or executive with monthly basic salary of more than $4,500.
  • seafarer.
  • domestic worker.
  • statutory board employee or civil servant.

If you are not covered by the Employment Act, MOM advises you to consult a lawyer:
Employment Act


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