This MWKA Online Talk was delivered on 8 May 2020 by Ms Diana Cheak and Mr John Chan and moderated by Ms Janessa Kok. Please visit to register for upcoming talks.

OVERVIEW: Is your business carrying out pay cuts, voluntary separation schemes (VSS) or retrenchment in order to survive the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the Movement Control Order (MCO)? These actions may well be justified, but employers must prepare for the possibility of unfair and constructive dismissal claims by their employees and retrenched employees. In this talk, our speakers addressed whether pay cuts, VSS and retrenchment can amount to unfair and constructive dismissal under Section 20 of the Industrial Relations Act 1967.


● Overview of unfair dismissal claims under Section 20 Industrial Relations ● Act 1967
● Can VSS and retrenchment amount to unfair dismissal?
● What is constructive dismissal?
● Can pay cuts amount to constructive dismissal?

SPEAKERS: Diana Cheak (Senior Associate), John Chan (Senior Associate)

MODERATOR: Janessa Kok (Associate)

A copy of the talk slides in PDF format is available for download here.

Unfair & Constructive Dismissal Claims due to Pay Cuts, VSS and Retrenchment

21 May, 2020


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