Recent news

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

Singapore: Reciprocal green lane (RGL)

From 26th October 2020, applications will be possible for the reciprocal “green lane” (RGL) enabling essential business travel between Singapore and Indonesia …

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Singapore: Course fee subsidies till next June

The Enhanced Training Support Package (ETSP), which provides enhanced course fee subsidies of up to 90% for firms in sectors that are most directly and severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, has been extended for another six months – until 30th June 2021 …

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Singapore: Eligible firms to receive jobs growth incentive automatically from march 2021

Under the Jobs Growth Incentive (JGI) programme, for each new local recruit under 40 years old hired during the period from September 2020 to February 2021 (inclusive), eligible companies will receive government wage support of up to S$15,000 (US$11,019) …

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Singapore: Employers taken to task for abusing jobs support scheme

Although the Job Support Scheme (JSS) for existing local employees has been extended up to the end of this year – and beyond to March 2021 in hard hit sectors – there have been numerous irregularities found in a large number of employer applications …

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Singapore: Tightening of work pass requirements

With effect from 1st October 2020, the minimum Fair Consideration Framework (FCF) job advertising duration for both EP and S Pass applications on MyCareersFuture …

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Singapore: Minimum salaries for Employment Pass and S Pass holders to be raised

The Employment Pass (EP) minimum salary threshold has now been increased from S$3,900 (US$2,854) to S$4,500 (US$3,293) for new applications …

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Singapore: Employers to bear costs of pass holders’ COVID-19 test and stay at dedicated Stay-Home Notice (SHN) facilities

Employers must now bear the costs of the work pass holders’ COVID-19 test (up to $200, including GST) and stay at a dedicated quarantine facility ($2,000, including GST), when a request to allow foreign employee, and/or their dependants, to enter Singapore has been approved …

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Singapore: Government extends Jobs Support Scheme by up to 7 months

Wage subsidies under the Jobs Support Scheme (JSS) have been further extended for up to 7 months to cover wages paid until March 2021 …

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Singapore: New online portal to replace online Employment Pass system

All employers and employment agencies must now submit new Employment Pass and S Pass applications via the new portal called myMOM …

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Singapore: S$320m set aside to extend foreign worker levy rebates for construction, marine shipyard, process sectors

The government is offering full foreign worker levy rebates to companies in the construction, shipyard and industrial processing sectors, which have been the most badly hit by the health crisis …

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Singapore: Law Society warns of fraudsters targeting law firms

The Law Society has warned member firms to be aware of fraudsters pretending to act in their name and siphoning off funds from their Clients …

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Singapore: Minimum legal age for tobacco raised to 20 years old from 1 January 2020

One of the major problems for employers operating workplace smoking policies has been the persistence of smoking amongst younger workers …

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Singapore: JSS extended by one month

The Jobs Support Scheme (JSS) has been extended by 1 month to cover August 2020 wages …

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Singapore: Chickenpox, pneumococcal jabs to be free for eligible Singaporean children

Working parents should be aware that vaccinations against chickenpox and pneumococcal disease will be free for eligible Singaporean children under the age of 18 from 1st November 2020 …

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Singapore: New licence conditions for employment agencies to ensure fair hiring and attract Singaporeans for job vacancies

With effect from 1st October 2020, employment agencies will have to meet new licence conditions to ensure nondiscriminatory hiring practices …

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