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Friday January 18th 2019

Lady PMET with 3 kids terminated after returning from maternity leave

Dear Sir

I am writing with a heavy heart of the attached termination letter received from my company.

I was given this letter 2 weeks just after resuming from my 16 weeks of maternity leave.

I have been with the company since Jan 2005.

I have also met with a taxi accident 2 years ago and had hospitalization leave from NUH and still have follow-up as a outpatient.

I am a mother of three children aged, 11, 10 and 4 months old. My husband is working in the shipping line with a take home income of less than Sgd $2000.

I feel that I have been unfairly dismissed and totally confused.

I seek your advice.




Hi Elizabeth

Thanks for your mail and sorry to hear of your predicament.

If you have a case of unfair dismissal, you can approach MOM for abitration but its on a case-by-case basis.

You have to go to their website and email for an appointment.

It seems that your frequent accident out-patient leave is a trigger for the dismissal though it does not mean that it is within the framework of permissible termination.

MOM’s guidelines dictate that staff have to go through a period of probation and assessment before the worker can be terminated with evidence backing that the person is unable to fulfill her contractual obligations stipulated.

If you need our counselling support, please let us know.

Stay strong.




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One Response to “Lady PMET with 3 kids terminated after returning from maternity leave”

  1. xyz says:

    Unfortunately in this case the company has upper hand. Even if MOM determines that it’s unfair dismissal, there is only 2 options offered thru MOM — company & you both agree to have your job re-instated, or both company & you agree to a sum of $$$$ as compensation. In S’pore this compensation $$$$ will at most be similar to retrenchment benefit, not the million-dollar punitive punishments seen in US, UK or Oz.

    If you go back to the company, most likely they will put you on performance improvement plan i.e. probation, and may load you with extra duties & tight deadlines. With your frequent MCs and time-off for medical appointments, it will be less than 3 months for the company to issue poor performance letter & formal counselling notes before finally sacking you.

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