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Key employment terms

From 1 April 2016, all employers will be required to issue key employment terms (KETs) to employees covered under the Employment Act. Here are the detailed requirements such as what items to include, when and how to give them.


Employers must issue KETs to all employees who are:

  • Newly employed on or after 1 April 2016.
  • Covered by the Employment Act.
  • Employed for 14 days or more.
When Not later than 14 days after the day that employee starts employment.
  • Soft or hard copy, including handwritten.
  • Common KETs, e.g. leave policy, medical benefits, can be provided in employee handbook or company intranet.

Items to include

KETs must include the items below, unless the item is not applicable. For example, if the employee is a PME and overtime pay does not apply, the KETs issued do not need to include items 11 to 12.

Number Item description
1 Full name of employer.
2 Full name of employee.
3 Job title, main duties and responsibilities.
4 Start date of employment.
5 Duration of employment (if employee is on fixed-term contract).

Working arrangements, such as:

  • Daily working hours (e.g. 8.30am - 6pm).
  • Number of working days per week (e.g. six).
  • Rest day (e.g. Saturday).
7 Salary period.

Basic salary.

For hourly, daily or piece-rated workers, employers should also indicate the basic rate of pay (e.g. $X per hour, day or piece).

9 Fixed allowances.
10 Fixed deductions.
11 Overtime payment period (if different from item 7 salary period).
12 Overtime rate of pay.

Other salary-related components, such as:

  • Bonuses
  • Incentives

Type of leave, such as:

  • Annual leave
  • Outpatient sick leave
  • Hospitalisation leave
  • Maternity leave
  • Childcare leave

Other medical benefits, such as:

  • Insurance
  • Medical benefits
  • Dental benefits
16 Probation period.
17 Notice period.

More information

If you need assistance to comply with these requirements, you can tap on the assistance package for employers.