In July 2016, Singapore-based 99.co faced a serious issue with a recent hire who drew the ire of the public on Facebook.
Sonny Truyen was upset over the lack of Pokemon Go in Singapore at the time and took his umbrage out online. His initial remarks got attention, but his defiant responses and lack of shame caused the episode to spin out of control. The Australian SEO consultant was swiftly sent packing and the CEO Darius Cheung issued a heart-felt apology on behalf of the company. You can read about the entire episode on the Straits Times.
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According to The Straits Times, more companies in Singapore are conducting background checks on temporary staff. In the past two years, checks on staff have risen by 10 per cent to 20 per cent. These workers include IT staff, accountants and finance executives, and blue collar workers such as security guards, food caterers and bus drivers.
Background screening experts interviewed say permanent and temporary staff lie about the same things. Common lies among job candidates include inflating their salaries and job titles, and faking their educational qualifications.
Member of Parliament Zainal Sapari, who specialises in labour issues, said that while employers have the right to check the background of candidates, these checks should be done with their consent.
He added, “Employers must be fair to workers and ask for background information that is relevant to the job”