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Changes to work Injury Law to improve Insurance Cover

New measures are in the works to improve insurance coverage for employees and give those injured on the job greater assurance of compensation - and much sooner after an accident.
Date: 01 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

New Work Permit Condition to protect both Employers and Foreign Domestic Workers from Money-Related Disputes

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will introduce a new Work Permit condition to protect both employers and Foreign Domestic Workers (FDWs) from money-related disputes. Employers would no longer be allowed to safe-keep any money belonging to their FDWs, including paid salaries or any other money.
Date: 07 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Ministry of Manpower

Employer fined $34,000 for failing to ensure Safety of Two Foreign Domestic Workers

On 8 August 2018, a 46-year-old employer, Willow Phua Brest (“the accused”) was fined $34,000 for failing to provide a safe working environment for her two Foreign Domestic Workers (“FDWs”). In addition, she was fined $12,000 for illegally employing them as a scaffolder and a maintenance worker respectively without valid wor ...
Date: 08 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Manpower

Actions against Companies in Enforcement Operation targeting Machinery Safety and Amputation Hazards

The Ministry of Manpower mounted a two-month enforcement operation in April and May 2018 targeting machinery safety to address hand and finger injuries at the workplace. 380 inspections were conducted at 350 companies in the manufacturing, construction and marine sectors.
Date: 21 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Ministry of Manpower

ILO and Singapore moving forward to promote Decent Work in Southeast Asia

The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Singapore Ministry of Manpower have renewed their Partnership Agreement to promote decent work in Southeast Asia.
Date: 07 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Ministry of Manpower

Government accepts National Wages Council Recommendations for 2018/2019

The Government supports the NWC’s focus to enhance productivity by transforming businesses and upgrading skills. The Government welcomes strong involvement from employers and unions in operationalising the 23 Industry Transformation Maps. This will help spur productivity and innovation, allow our businesses to tap on opportunities in the futu ...
Date: 31 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Manpower

Construction Company fined over $352,000 for Housing Foreign Workers in Overcrowded Living Conditions

A construction company, Keong Hong Construction Pte. Ltd. (“Keong Hong”), was convicted and fined $352,500 in the State Courts on 24 May 2018, for housing its foreign workers in overcrowded living conditions at a Construction Temporary Quarters (“CTQ”) located at Sembawang Crescent. Keong Hong was also found guilty of abetti ...
Date: 29 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Manpower

MOM Advisory to employers of Indonesian Foreign Domestic Workers on Indonesian Embassy's new Performance Bond Requirement

The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Singapore has notified Employment Agencies (EAs) here that it would impose a new $6,000 Performance Bond requirement on employers who hire Indonesian Foreign Domestic Workers (FDWs).
Date: 08 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Manpower

Contractor's Fine increased on Appeal for failing to ensure Safe Installation of a Gate resulting in Fatal Accident

Sterling Engineering Pte Ltd (“the company”) ‘s fine was increased, on appeal to the High Court, to $330,000 under the Workplace Safety and Health Act (“WSHA”) for a fatal accident that occurred on 2 September 2014. The High Court, on 9 April 2018, increased the fine amount from $280,000 after hearing appeals from both ...
Date: 17 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Manpower

Fast and Efficient Dispute Resolution for Employment Claims at the State Courts

The State Courts saw a total of 1,190 employment claims filed at the Employment Claims Tribunals (ECT) as at 31 March 2018 since it was launched on 1 April 2017.
Date: 24 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: State Courts

Director of a Shell Company jailed Seven Months for illegal Labour Importation

On 22 March 2018, 42-year-old Teo Hwee Lip (“Teo”), the Director of Triyon Corporation Pte Ltd, was sentenced in the State Courts to seven months’ imprisonment for fraudulently obtaining work passes for five foreign workers for a shell company. The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has also permanently barred him from employing foreign w ...
Date: 22 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Manpower

National Wages Council 2018 / 2019 invites Views on Annual Guidelines

The National Wages Council (NWC), a tripartite body made up of employer, employee and government representatives, will convene in April and May 2018 to develop its annual guidelines on wage and employment-related issues.
Date: 21 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Manpower

Singapore increases Penalties for Employers who abuse Maids

The Supreme Court of Singapore has increased the penalties for people convicted of abusing domestic helpers as part of the island-state’s efforts to stop violence against house maids, migrant activists say.
Date: 15 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Workplace Safety and Health Trainer sentenced to 10 Months' Jail under the WSH Act

Mr. Ramanathan Thamilselvan, a trainer with Work Safe Consultants Pte Ltd, was sentenced to 10 months’ jail for fraudulent offences under the Workplace Safety and Health Act (WSHA) on 18 January 2018 by the State Court.
Date: 24 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Manpower

MW Group fined $200,000 for Fatal Workplace Incident by Electrocution

MW Group Pte Ltd was fined $200,000 for a workplace incident at Pantech Business Hub, where a worker was fatally injured from electrocution. The company was convicted, after a five-day trial, for its workplace safety and health lapses. It had failed to conduct a specific Risk Assessment (RA) and establish safe work procedures (SWP) for the calibrat ...
Date: 19 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Manpower

Public Consultation on Review of Employment Act

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is inviting members of the public to give feedback on areas being considered in the review of the Employment Act (EA).
Date: 18 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Manpower

Wage Credit Scheme Payouts for 2018

Employers are reminded to make CPF contributions for employees by 15 Jan 2018 to receive Wage Credit Scheme payouts.
Date: 15 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore

New Settling-in Programme for Foreign Workers to start in Second Half 2018

The Minister for Manpower, Lim Swee Say, has announced plans to implement a mandatory Settling-in Programme (SIP) for new foreigners on a work permit. The programme, to be rolled out in phases, will start with all first-time non-Malaysian foreign workers in the construction sector, and is expected to be launched in the second half of 2018.
Date: 26 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Manpower

Government accepts Recommendations to enhance Progressive Wage Model for Security Industry and Remove Overtime Exemption

The Government has considered and accepted the recommendations contained in the report of the Security Tripartite Cluster (STC) released today. The report recommended enhancements to the Progressive Wage Model (PWM) for the security industry, and the removal of Overtime Exemption (OTE) from 2021. The Government concurs with the STC’s views th ...
Date: 23 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Manpower

Foreign Worker fined $30,000 for conducting Unlicensed Employment Agency Activities

On 21 November 2017, a 36-year-old Bangladeshi foreign worker Roy Tapon Kumar (“Roy”) was convicted and fined $30,000 in default six months’ imprisonment for conducting employment agency (“EA”) activities without a valid EA licence. He pleaded guilty to one charge under Section 6(2) of the Employment Agencies Act (EAA) ...
Date: 22 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Manpower

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Justice Ministry: US Claims ‘baseless’

The Ministry of Justice on Tuesday reacted to recent “baseless” claims by the US Embassy in Phnom Penh regarding the case of former opposition leader Kem Sokha, urging the embassy to stop spreading misinformation regarding the implementation of the law in Cambodia.

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Court adjourns Tony Pua's Appeal against Interim Injunction over RUU355 Video Clip

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 20 (Bernama) - The Federal Court today adjourned the appeal hearing by Damansara Member of Parliament Tony Pua Kiam Wee against an interim injunction order over his alleged video clip relating to the tabling of Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Bill 2016 or RUU355.

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DOJ urged to Act on Murder Raps vs PNP Men in Lawyer's Death

MANILA, Feb 19 (PNA) - A former Cebu City councilor asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) Monday to charge policemen implicated in the killing of his brother, lawyer Noel Archival, five years ago.

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Laos, Japan celebrate 20 Years of Legal, Judicial Cooperation

The Lao and Japanese governments have highlighted 20 years of achievement in cooperation to strengthen the legal and judicial sectors in Laos, especially with regard to human resource development.

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Sarawak Lawyers wants Government to set up RCI over Judge Allegations

MIRI, Feb 19 (Bernama) - The Advocates Association of Sarawak (AAS) has proposed to the government to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) over the allegation of judicial interference in the affidavit made by a sitting Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer recently.

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MACC meets Judge Hamid Sultan over 63-Page Affidavit

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 18 (Bernama) - The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today met with Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Baker over his recent 63-page affidavit, filed last week, on allegations of judicial interference.

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CBM headed in Right Direction, Bank Development expected: Experts

The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) has begun taking the initial steps to stand as an independent body, local financial experts and economists say.

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Retired SC Justice Azcuna 'Selfless Government Worker': Palace

MANILA, Feb 15 (PNA) - Malacañang wished retired Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Adolfo Azcuna the best as he celebrates his 80th birthday on Saturday.

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Rule of Law followed in Ressa Arrest

MANILA, Feb 15 (PNA) - Malacañang on Friday said the rule of law was followed in the arrest of Rappler chief executive officer Maria Ressa for cyberlibel amid criticisms of suppressing press freedom.

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Rebuilding ASEAN’s Financial Safety Net

Singapore and Indonesia signed a US$10 billion (K15.23 trillion) bilateral swap agreement last October, allowing the two countries to assist each other during times of financial stress through US dollar loans. The move signalled a willingness by ASEAN countries to play a bigger and more direct role in strengthening the region’s financial stability, but there is still much more to do.

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Judiciary lodges Police Report over Allegations in Affidavit

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 15 (Bernama) - The Judiciary has lodged a police report over allegations made against unnamed judges and the institution in the affidavit made by a sitting Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer.

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Blind Woman's Persistence to become Lawyer bears Fruit

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 (Bernama) - ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way’, this proverb illustrates the determination and diligence of a visually impaired young woman who has achieved her dream of becoming a lawyer.

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Lawyer urges Government and CJ to address Justice Hamid's Revelations

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 (Bernama) - Lawyer Sangeet Kaur Deo has called on the government and Chief Justice to immediately look into the claims by Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer, contained in his affidavit which revealed misconduct of top judges and judicial interference.

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Decision on Minimum Wage Increases due in March

BANGKOK, Feb 13 (NNT) - The final decision on Minimum Wage increases will be made in March, with new rates to vary in accordance with economic conditions in each province.

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No Violation of Ressa's Civil Rights: DOJ

MANILA, Feb 14 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Thursday assured full protection of the civil rights of online news website Rappler's publisher Maria Ressa, who was arrested on Wednesday in connection with a cyber libel complaint filed against her and the media firm by a private individual.

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DOTr inks Deal on Common Station Construction

MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday signed a contract with a private consortium for the construction of Area A of the Unified Grand Central Station (UGCS) or the common station which is located between SM North Edsa and Trinoma in Quezon City.

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Men too face Sexual Harassment at Workplace

SUNGAI PETANI, Feb 14 (Bernama) - Men too have been recorded as being victims of sexual harassment at the workplace, said Women, Family and Community Development Deputy Minister, Hannah Yeoh.

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LHDN launches eProcurement System, Suppliers' Portal

CYBERJAYA, Feb 13 (Bernama) - The Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) has launched the eProcurement (eP) system and the Suppliers’ portal as a continuous effort to improve service delivery to suppliers or tenderers dealing with the agency.

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