Lau Weng Hong
Deputy Director, Industrial Relations
Labour Relations & Workplaces Division
Ministry of Manpower
Mr. Lau joined the former Ministry of Labour in 1981 as a Factory Inspector and spent more than 15 years in the occupational safety and health fields. In 1996, he moved to the Labour Relations and Workplaces Division (LRWD) as a senior labour relations officer and rose from the ranks to his current position as Deputy Director in the Industrial Relations Department. Since joining the LRWD, over the last 20 years in the industrial relations field, he serves as a gazetted Senior Consultant / Conciliation Officer in resolving unionised trade disputes under the Industrial Relations Act.
Apart from this IR role, he is also appointed as Assistant Commissioner for Labour and currently oversees the mediation unit as well as the unit looking into unfair dismissals which are regulated under the Employment Act, IR Act, Child Development & Co-savings Act and the Retirement and Re-employment Act.
Mr Lau holds a Bachelor of Business in Business Administration (with Distinction) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (Australia). He also received training on mediation and arbitration from the UK's Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Services (ACAS) and Australia's Fair Work Commission. Internationally, Mr Lau also conducts training on IR and other related HR fields in the ASEAN circuit, such Indonesia under the Singapore-Indonesia Economic Partnership programme.
In addition, Mr Lau was a member of the Panel of Judges for Tripartite Alliance on Fair & Progressive Employment Practices (TAFEP) in 2014 and 2016 on the TAFEP Exemplary Employers HR Awards. He also participated in various tripartite committees and workgroups that look into legislative changes or manpower policies review such the Employment Act, Industrial Relations Act and the Re-employment law as well as the Marriage and Parenthood Package in 2013.
In 1994, Mr Lau was conferred the National Day Efficiency Medal Award and in 2004, received the Minister for Manpower award for his contributions in promoting nationally the "Flexible and Performance -based Wage System". In 2010, he was conferred the National Day Public Administration Award (Bronze) by President of Singapore and in the same year, he represented Singapore Ministry of Manpower in the Commonwealth Association of Public Administration & Management Bi-annual Competition in the "International Innovation Awards - Public Engagement" category and came in among the top 10 finalists.