Court Decision

Understand how the court makes its decision on your case and when and how you can expect to receive it. 

How the Court Makes its Decision

The decision made by the Court will take into account:

  • the interests of the disputing parties
  • the community as a whole
  • Singapore’s economic environment
  • Section 49 of the Employment Act (in cases of wage adjustments)
  • the tripartite guidelines relating to re-employment under the Retirement and Re-employment Act (in cases of re-employment disputes)

When the full Court (the President of IAC and a member each from the Employer Panel and Employee Panel) hears a case and there is no consensus among the members, the majority decision will be taken.

This decision is final and conclusive, and may not be challenged or appealed against in any court.

How the Court Communicates its Decision

To the parties of disputes
Each party will receive the decision of the Court (also known as a Court award)  within two weeks of the hearing either: 

  • by post; or
  • in person at a court appearance.

To the general public
  • The Government Gazette 
  • The IAC website

Court Awards made in recent years can be found here

Penalty for Breaching the Terms of a Court Decision

The Court has power to order compliance with an award.   It has the same power as the High Court to punish as a contempt of court a failure to comply with an order of compliance.  

It is an offence to breach any term of a Court award. A union or employer found guilty of such a breach by a Magistrate’s Court can face a fine of up to $5,000.