Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Singapore as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

Singapore: Pass applications to no longer be sent by SingPost

With effect from April 3rd 2020, employment pass applications must be submitted electronically …

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Singapore: New swab test for travellers entering Singapore

All visitors are now being given a swab test and issued with a 14-day “stay at home notice” on arrival …

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Singapore: Advisories on COVID-19

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has issued advisories regarding employee travel, workplace and social distancing measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic …

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Singapore: Work Injury Compensation Act 2020

The new amendments to the Work Injury Compensation Act 2020 (WICA) are set to be fully rolled out this year …

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Singapore: New S$4 billion special support package for workers & businesses

From the end of July 2020, the government will provide an 8% wage subsidy for every local worker retained in their job …

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Singapore: Deadline for filing employee earnings

Participation in the Auto-Inclusion Scheme (AIS) is compulsory from this year for all companies with 7 or more employees …

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Singapore: Employers risk “stiffer penalties” for unfair hiring

Past uncertainties about discrimination protection have been considerably removed by an amendment to the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act 2009 …

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Singapore: New Work Injury Compensation Act 2019

The Work Injury Compensation Bill 2019, which was passed in Parliament in September, will enter fully into force on the 1st of September 2020 …

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Singapore: Higher minimum salary for S pass applicants

With effect from January 1st 2020, the minimum gross monthly salary threshold for S Pass applicants will be increased by 4 …

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Singapore: New educational qualification proof required for some applicants

Applicants from China applying for Employment Passes to Singapore must now provide proof of qualifications from one of the following these sources: The China Higher Education Student Information and Career Center (CHSI), China Academic Degrees & Graduate Education Information (CDGDC) or Global verification agencies such as Dataflow or Risk Management Intelligence …

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Singapore: DFS offers retrenched employees better severance deal following talks with union

Duty-free and luxury goods retailer DFS has offered retrenched (redundant) employees an improved severance package following negotiations with the Singapore Manual and Mercantile Workers’ Union …

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Singapore: Real wages in private sector up 4.2% in 2018

According to latest figures from the Ministry of Manpower, after accounting for inflation total wages (including employer CPF contributions) in the private sector grew 4 …

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Singapore: Amendments to the Singapore Employment Act

The Employment Act has been amended to grant further rights and benefits to professionals, managers and executives, irrespective of pay level – which was the case until recently …

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Singapore: Local Qualifying Salary rate to rise

With effect from the 1st of July 2019, companies in Singapore that wish to hire foreign workers must pay their local employees a minimum of $1,300 (US$960) a month …

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Singapore: Fresh graduates from NTU, NUS, SMU and SUSS earn $3,733/month on average

A survey of those graduating in 2018 from the top four universities in Singapore has found an overall improvement in the employability of engineers …

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