askST: Can my employer ask me to resume full operations in the office but with a pay cut?

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The tripartite partners said working from home should remain the default arrangement to minimise the risk of Covid-19 transmission in workplaces.

askST: Can my employer ask me to resume full operations in the office but with a pay cut?

Joanna SeowManpower Correspondent

A: There is no law preventing employers from implementing pay cuts. Guidelines issued by the National Wages Council last October state that employers can cut staff wages temporarily to save jobs.

However, they should seek support from their employees before doing so and cut only what is necessary to minimise retrenchments.

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