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The Singapore Government has recently increased the minimum qualifying salaries for work pass applications for foreign employees. The impact of the move varies across sectors and employee groups. Hiring practices will come under more scrutiny. Costs considerations may drive companies towards alternative hiring models. In this session, we examine the feasibility and pitfalls of alternative hiring models and discuss the practical steps employers may take to avoid being perceived as an “unfair employer”. Our speakers assist employers, big and small, on a day-to-day basis on nearly every HR issue, across ASEAN. They would be pleased to share real-life anecdotes and insights from their practice experience. 


Seow Hui GOH

Ms Goh is a partner in Bird&Bird’s international Employment group based in Singapore. She is head of the highly-regarded Singapore employment practice, which is made up of a group of talented employment lawyers.

Ms Goh’s work is about making sure that things run smoothly in all stages in the employee life cycle for Bird&Bird’s clients. She believe that sound employment law advice goes beyond legal risk management or crossing regulatory hurdles – employee experience is something Bird&Bird thinks hard about when they give HR advice. Bird&Bird regularly advise multinational clients on the full spectrum of employment law issues in Singapore and the ASEAN region. Clients know Bird&Bird to be responsive, insightful and commercially-minded. You will find us ranked in most major legal directories.

Ms Goh is an active litigator and an experienced advocate as well as an accredited mediator with the Singapore Mediation Centre. In addition, Ms Goh is also a member of the Association of Workplace Investigators.


  • Law Society of Singapore in 2007

Natasha CHENG

Ms Cheng is an associate in Bird&Bird’s International Employment group based in Singapore, with an interest in technology and its implications in the workplace.

Ms Cheng provides strategic, commercial advice on a full range of contentious and non-contentious employment law and immigration matters in Singapore and the ASEAN region, and she believe in providing practical and succinct advice to clients. Drawing on her experience in dispute resolution, Ms Cheng adopt a disciplined, proactive approach to clients’ risk management and exposure to litigation.

Before joining the team at Bird & Bird, Ms Cheng practised construction and commercial litigation and arbitration at a boutique dispute resolution firm.


  • Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore in 2017
  • Law Society of Singapore in 2017



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