erlyn is 17 years old and had been unemployed. Three months ago, she accepted a job at
CallNow Private Limited, a company providing 24/7 hotline support services to users of
various types of software.
Her employment agreement stated that:
her working hours were from 8.00am to 10.00pm daily, from Monday to Saturday;
she was permitted only 30-minute breaks for her lunches and dinners.
Her monthly salary was S$1,000 and she was entitled to 5 days of annual leave. During the
interview, the Human Resource Manager of CallNow told her that the company would
provide her with free 3-month intensive training so that she would become “extremely
proficient” at handling support services calls. If she did not quit her job within 12 months of
completing the training, the training fee of S$6,000 payable by Cherlyn would be waived.
After completion of her training, she would be assigned a “mentor” who would guide her on
Cherlyn also rented a room as she wanted to stay near her new workplace. The rental
agreement was for three (3) years, with a monthly rental of S$350.
After a few weeks, she began having second thoughts about the job and wanted to resign. She
did not want to pay the training fee and asked you if the employment agreement was valid
At the same time, she wanted to nullify her rental agreement and to also obtain a refund of
rental amounts that she had paid for the past few weeks.
She has come to you for advice. Explain to Cherlyn whether:
her employment agreement is valid and enforceable (and whether she is required to
pay the training fee); and
her rental agreement is valid and enforceable (and whether she is entitled to obtain a
refund of the past rental amounts that she had paid).
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