Second Job Arrangement
How employers can assist affected workers with reduced work hours during this COVID-19 pandemic.
Most enterprises in Singapore are heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. When there is no work, employers are encourage to allow employees with reduced work hours taking on a second jobs ( part-time or temporary work) to make up for lost income.This will help employees mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on their livelihood.With the support and agreement from employers, employees can tap onto the SGUnited Job Initiative for second job arrangement. Employers are permitted to take on a second job as long as the key principles on sharing responsibilities between employers are adhered to.
Employees can take up a second job, unless there are prohibition in their current employment contract from taking another forms of work or conflict of interest with their current employment. In this case, employees should discuss and clarify with both employers should there be conflict of interest on conflict in working hours. Besides that, employers should also be considerate and supportive towards employees' circumstances during this COVID-19 period. Employers are also encouraged to waive contractual prohibitions against taking on a second job and help employees resolve conflict of interest where possible given that they initiated the reduced work hours and reduced salaries to save costs.
Employees should ensure that they are able to take on both jobs without having any conflict in interest of each employer. Besides, employees should also ensure the transparent in terms of requirements of both jobs to their employers. This would help in preventing downstream disputes over work schedules, salaries and other employment benefits.
Key Principles on sharing responsibilities between first and second employer
First Employer are responsible for employees' salaries, CPF contributions, and statutory and contractual benefits which may be pro-rated based on the reduced work hours.
For the period when employees are working for their second employer, first employer are not responsible for any contractual or statutory obligations.
For the period when employees are scheduled to work for second employer, second employer are responsible for fulfilling the key terms and conditions specified in the employment contract.
Second employer are encouraged to provide employees with sick leave entitlement and medical benefits even though the employment duration may be less than 3 months.
Under the Employment Act, employees who have worked for 3 months or more are entitled to paid outpatient sick leave and paid hospitalization leave.
For further details, please visit: https://www.mom.gov.sg/covid-19/second-job-arrangements For FAQ of Second Job Arrangement, please visit: https://www.mom.gov.sg/covid-19/frequently-asked-questions#second-job-arrangements