I am in need of advice urgently and hope to hear your view.
I am currently working as operation manager in a small local company and pretty much under paid.
I have been on hospitalization leave because of an injury substained at work but I still work from home.
I do it out of my sense of responsibility and because I am the only employee besides a part time helper.
Shortly before the injury, there was a hostel manager working as well.
After he left the company I have taken over part of his work duties – without any pay adjustment.
During these few weeks, there were more work duties piled on me and and I have been feeling exhausted especially since I am having a hard time adjusting with the injury and suffering from nsomnia.
The boss of course knows I am on medical leave yet that has not stopped him from asking me to work.
Now he wants to change the cleaner and demanded that I find a replacement urgently.
My work does not include hiring and firing of employee and I am not paid to do the task.
Finding a local cleaner in Singapore is not easy and will be expensive which the company may not want to pay.
But we cannot hire a foreign one because the company does not have the quota to hire.
I have pointed out this to him but the boss does not seem to want to know- he just want a new cleaner found urgently.
I feel trapped.
I spend hours searching in the web for a cleaner and through employment agencies, etc. but have found none yet.
I feel my right to rest in my present physical condition (i am home bound because of the injury) has been violated and am much exploited and under pressure.
The injury took place in the course of employment.
No report was made to MOM nor to the insurance agency, I have to do it myself.
My request for clarification of medical benefits has not be answered and my pay cheque was delayed for 11 days last month.
I am 60 and need to work to have an income to live on so I cannot just quit. What can/should I do?
Please give me your opinion and advice which will be much appreciated.
A person in distress
Hi A person in distress
Thanks for your mail and sorry to hear of your predicament.
It looks like your employer is in violation of employment act and you may want to check with MOM on your rights.
However, I am afraid that once you spilled the beans on your employer, there is every chance that he will make things difficult for you at the work place further jeopardising your job.
So do think through carefully before you decide to go to MOM and launch a complaint.
Another way is for you to reason with your boss that you need a period of rest and rehabilitation so you can return to the work place more productively.
If not, you can make mistakes at work which will not augur well for the company.
Hopefully, your boss will buy in to your persuasion.
Of course, the last decision is to quit from your job as clearly your employer has violated MOM’s ruling on medical leave for staff.
Please let me kwow when I can get in touch with you at my office to understand more on your situation?
We are here for you.
The reader has contacted MOM but has indicated that the government agency could not help much.
We will be getting on touch with the reader to know more about the situation.
According to the MOM website, the number of days of paid sick leave a new employee is entitled to depends on his service period:
|No of months of service completed of a new employee||Paid Outpatient non-hospitalisation leave (days)||Paid hospitalisation leave (days)*|
|4 months||5 + 3 = 8||15 + 15 = 30|
|5 months||8 + 3 = 11||30 + 15 = 45|
|6 months||11 + 3 = 14||45 + 15 = 60|