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Issue 216, 30 Oct 2018

Dear Members and Friends

Many of you tell me you are still experiencing unacceptable behaviour from prospective job candidates. The main complaints continue to be people agreeing to attend a job interview but not turning up; and not having the basic human courtesy of informing the hiring company in advance. Even worse, is the now all-too-common practice of people signing a contract of employment and then not turning up for work - again, with no explanation.

With regards to the first complaint, short of charging job seekers an interview fee refunded when they show up for the interview, there's not much companies can do. Arguably, they can take comfort that they are better off without such people.

However, we can all do something about people who sign an employment contract and don't show up for work. We can take appropriate action.

Up until now, companies large and small have tended not to take action against such people because of concerns surrounding their public relations or the costs of legal action or both.

Taking people to court is not the answer. It is far too expensive. The answer, in the Singapore context, is to seek help from our tripartite partners - SNEF, MOM and NTUC. For cases of breach of contract, the tripartite partners could provide businesses with mediation as a cost effective alternative to expensive litigation. This is what I have suggested to MOM and will be sending similar messages to SNEF and NTUC.

As I have said before, work is collaboration between employers and employees. Both have responsibilities and both should be held accountable.

Have a great week ahead.

With warmest regards
Victor Mills
Chief Executive



The Chamber and its Certification Services Department will be closed as follows in addition to the gazetted public holidays:

- 5 November 2018 (Monday) from 1.00pm on the eve of Deepavali
- 27 November 2018 (Tuesday) from 11.30am to 2.30pm for an annual staff lunch

Please take note of these closures and advise all your relevant colleagues to minimise inconvenience.


ATA Carnet Seminar: The Passport of Goods,
8 November 2018

Understand how the ATA Carnet works, and how your business can benefit from using it. This half-day seminar will equip participants with all they need to know to apply for and use the ATA Carnet.
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Distinguished Speaker Series: Ms Goh Swee Chen,
14 November 2018

Chairman of Shell Companies in Singapore, Ms Goh Swee Chen will discuss how through collaboration in the form of co-visioning, co-creation and co-operation, companies large and small can accelerate innovation and flourish in today’s complex world.
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Personal Branding Talk, 16 November 2018
Join Chris Reed, Global CEO and Founder of Black Marketing for a breakfast talk on 16 November as he shares 10 top tips for how to enhance your personal brand on and beyond LinkedIn.
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Leadership Series: Mr Vinod Kumar, 20 November 2018
MD and CEO of Tata Communications Mr Vinod Kumar will share his insights on how leaders can successfully lead through today’s environment of ‘always-on transformation’ where the only constant is change.
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SICC Awards Gala, 3 April 2019
Winners of the 2019 SICC Awards will be announced at this high-profile gala dinner graced by Guest of Honour Mr Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Trade and Industry.
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