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Anonymous

14 Sep 2020

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I received a job (better) offer from a company. But my current employer does not let me leave. Is the employer even allowed to do that?

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What are your thoughts?

Cindi Wirawan

Cindi Wirawan

14 Sep 2020

Career Coach at Cindiw

Congrats on getting the better job offer! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘

What do you mean by they do not let you leave? Could you be more specific?

As long as you have documented your resignation (eg send an email), and not just a verbal expression, you should be able to leave once you serve your notice period. Make sure you document everything in case you need it.

All the best!

Hey,

Do report to MOM if they insist on detaining you.

No they are not. As long as you tendered your official resignation, and serve the notice period, your employed has no right to not let you leave. If it is your direct supervisor who is stopping you from leaving, you may want to go to his/her supervisor or HR directly.

Do also note that the notice period starts from the day you tendered your letter, not from a date decided by your employer.

Elijah Lee

Elijah Lee

13 Sep 2020

Independent Financial Advisor at Phillip Securities (Jurong East)

Hi anon,

That's illegal and an offence.

https://www.mom.gov.sg/faq/termination/can-an-e...

I believe you can quote Part XIV, section 108 of the Employement Act under "Wrongful Detention of Employee". (Hopefully I'm not wrong about this)

Check your employment contract, you are an employee, not a slave. The usual practise is to serve not...

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