Singapore University of Social Sciences

Employment Law and Industrial Relations

Employment Law and Industrial Relations (HRM231)


HRM231 provides an introduction of Singapore’s employment laws that relate to the employer-employee relationship and the tripartite system of employment relations. The course examines employment issues within the context of Singapore’s legal framework, the concepts and practices of good employee labour relations, collective bargaining, mediation and arbitration.

Level: 2
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY REGULAR SEMESTER
E-Learning: BLENDED - Learning is done MAINLY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. This is supplemented with SOME face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus.


  • Overview of employment laws and legal issues in Singapore
  • The Employment Act
  • The Industrial Relations Act
  • The Trade Unions Act
  • The Retirement Age Act
  • Workmen’s Compensation Act
  • Employment of Foreign Workers Act
  • Health and safety in the workplace
  • Equal opportunities, gender issues
  • The tripartite system of employment relations
  • Collective bargaining, collective agreement
  • To be Regional employment law and industrial relations

Learning Outcome

  • Describe the key principles of Singapore’s legal employment framework
  • Discuss the statutory employment laws in Singapore
  • Explain how legislation has been used to improve labour standards for workers
  • Illustrate how the legal employment framework is used to resolve employer-employee concerns and disputes
  • Demonstrate the role of the Ministry of Manpower in labour market policies
  • Analyse how the practice of tripartism in Singapore affects employment relations
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