Monthly Archives: April 2017

Can I use my Maternity Leave to offset my notice period?

While there are no restrictions on clearing your Maternity Leave during notice period, you cannot use such leave to offset your notice period; meaning using such leave to shorten your notice period.

Reference can be found under my Page “Sources”:
Maternity Leave


I am a S Pass Holder, can I get pregnant?

If you are a S Pass or Employment Pass Holder, you do not have to seek approval from MOM. Reference from MOM email reply to my query.

However, for Work Permit Holders, they are not supposed to be pregnant (unless she is married to a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident (PR). You can find the FAQ here.

Meaningful Argument

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Do you realise at times, meetings are becoming more like a waste of time than meaningful discussions?

There is a lot of “I feel”, “I think”, “I believe” kind of argument to push initiatives or solutions through. Should we provide evidence – concrete ones – to support our points instead? Not withstanding the fact that at times, assumption is necessary, but if facts are readily available (if one does his/her homework), should we then base on that to come to better solutions?

Some quick examples:
“Why do people leave our organisation?”
“What is the best engagement activity for employees?”

Let’s take about the first example. I had one Head of Department who immediately comes to a conclusion that it was about the salary, and he can do nothing about it unless our company provide him with a bigger budget. But with a quick sample size interview, that is not even in the top 3 reasons for their resignation! In fact, I had read a research study before and generally salary is not the top reason for resignation as well.

We got to be really rationale. I admit I have room for improvement on this, and I will work on it, always.

What about you?

Does Work Injury Medical Leave Wages Include Public Holidays and Rest Days?

If your employee is hospitalized for 20 days, and 4 of those days are Rest Days and Public Holidays, how will we calculate his/her Medical Leave Wages?

Medical Leave Wages under Work Injury Compensation Act (WICA) are not payable for non-working days (e.g. Rest Days, Public Holidays), and thus such days should be excluded accordingly. This is the same for the normal Sick Leave and Hospitalisation Leave, where non-working days are excluded as well.

Reference can be found under my Page “Sources”:
Medical Leave Wages

Blending In

Most people are afraid of being different, and tried their best to blend in. At times, we do have the urge, but we do decide to not do so, for we believe, that is not us, that is them.
One such situation is when ethics comes into play.


Injured during Overseas Business Trip. Can I claim for Work Injury Compensation?

The Work Injury Compensation Act (WICA) allows most employees to claim for work-related injuries, and such includes medical leave wages, medical costs, and compensation (for permanent incapacity).

If you are injured during work, and it is due to the work that caused the injury, you can make a work injury claim, even if that happens overseas.

See also:
Work Injury Coverage

Deserving a Promotion


When someone more junior than the others got a promotion, gossip will fly. In fact, I would say anyone who was promoted, are bound to attract jealousy, anger, etc.

Common remarks?

“I have been here for 2 years and she just joined 6 months ago. What is this?”
“I am leaving, this company is not recognising my efforts.”
“She must have did something with the boss.”

Not withstanding the fact that there are people who really don’t deserve a promotion, there are those who work hard for it. Acknowledge that, shall we?