Re: Company continued deducting Foreign Workers' Levy
Dear KL Siew,
My company is an F&B company and we have been deducting levy from our more than 200 foreign workers all the time. According to the HR, we have been paying to the government upfront every beginning of the year and recover from foreign workers' salary on a monthly basis.
Ever since the government came out with a circular directing employers not to deduct any more levy from foreign workers, my company was adamant and continues to do so. My foreign colleagues are very upset with this and asked me to help. I had a word with the HR and together we informed the MD but was instead got 'sounded' by the MD for being busybody. I had no choice but to inform the foreign workers that the levy collection should stop by this year as the upfront payment would have been fully collected by December 2009. Sadly, the levy deduction still reflected in the January 2010 salary slip. How can the law curb such irresponsible act?
I also got to know that the MD planned to ask all foreign workers to sign an addendum to the existing contract by changing the word 'levy' to something else...meaning the money will still be deducted from those poor foreign workers.
Please help my foreign workers as they had been working very hard to earn a decent living here.
Thank you and Happy Roaring Tiger Year!