The Ministry of Manpower has reviewed the obligations placed on employers of Foreign Domestic Workers. Since January 1st, 2010, the 5000 SGD security bond will be forfeited upon the following circumstances:
- When the employer does not ensure proper upkeep and maintenance of the Foreign Domestic Worker (which means prompt payment of salary, provision of adequate food and medical treatment, provision of acceptable housing, payment of the cost of repatriation)
- When the employer fails to cancel the Work Permit of the domestic helper upon termination of her contract;
- When the employer fails to report to the MOM that the Employee has breached the Work Permit conditions (such as doing part-time);
- When the Employee engages in any form of employment other than a domestic helper with the employer mentioned on her work permit (doing part-time with a work permit is illegal);
In case the employee absconds, only half of the Security bond will be forfeited so long as the Employer can demonstrate he/ she has taken reasonable steps to locate the Employee.
Also, the Security bond won’t be forfeited anymore if the Foreign Domestic Worker becomes pregnant, marries a Singaporean or a permanent resident, and fails to take 6-monthly medical examination, or engage in any activity detrimental to the security and well-being of Singapore. But these facts remain breaches of work permit conditions for which the Foreign Worker can be repatriated.