Recent news

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

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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Singapore: Growth in foreign currency deposits comes from diverse sources: MAS

The Singapore central bank has been quick to squash rumours that the 20% increase in deposits experienced this year are due to capital flight from Hong Kong …

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Singapore: 95000 employers to get $450 million in wage credit payouts by June 30

More than 95,000 employers will receive payouts by the end of June 2020 under the Wage Credit Scheme (WCS) …

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Singapore: “Salary history” questions during recruitment

The increasing globalisation of employment legislation is well illustrated by a recent question posed by a Singapore MP, Saktiandi Supaat, to the Minister for Manpower, Josephine Teo, concerning “salary history” questions during recruitment …

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Singapore: IRAS reminds employers to ensure rightful CPF contributions

It is not only the US Attorney General who has been concerned about widescale abuse of government support funding during the present health crisis, particularly by SMEs …

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Singapore: MOM raised EP qualifying salary

The minimum qualifying gross monthly salary to obtain a new Employment Pass (“EP”) has now increased from S$3,600 (US$2,548) to S$3,900 (US$2,760) …

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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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