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Saturday January 13th 2018

Aggrieved employee on medical leave asks to return to work and getting bullied

Hello Gilbert,

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.

Kind regards.

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.

Gilbert Goh



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)*
3 months 5 15
4 months 5 + 3 = 8 15 + 15 = 30
5 months 8 + 3 = 11 30 + 15 = 45
6 months 11 + 3 = 14 45 + 15 = 60
thereafter 14 60
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5 Responses to “Aggrieved employee on medical leave asks to return to work and getting bullied”

  1. Sinkie pawned Sinkie says:

    This is really abusive.

    SME is one of the worst company that you want to try for.
    Lowest pay, Longest working hours and Highest stress.

    No wonder no sinkies wanna work for SMEs!!!
    Coz the way they treat employees, is like toilet paper.
    Use and dump.

  2. whiz says:

    The fact that the writer was willing the take such abuses indicates that he is doing it because there are no other people willing to employ him on the same amount. In that sense, he isn’t really “underpaid”. To be fair a lot of employees in MNCs are working from home even though they are supposed to be on MC or recuperation, so I dun think this is a unique SME problem.

    Anyway how much is he paid as an operations manager? If it’s above 2.5k employment act does not apply to him.

  3. Alvin says:

    Question: Why his company needed the local cleaner urgently …

    Answer: So that his company can engage more FT.

  4. Moon says:

    Shortage of manpower! But, I not sick, forced to return work on my rest days, preview Security!(Premier Security Co-Operative Ltd)

  5. Alan Lim says:

    May i check now i still have two day sick leaves my boss call me back to work, what can i do? Please help me

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