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[FREE WEBINAR] Geopolitical Trends in the Indo-Pacific

26 May 2020
Ref No.: 260520 (1) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   [FREE WEBINAR] Geopolitical Trends in the Indo-Pacific   [FREE WEBINAR] GEOPOLITICAL TRENDS IN THE INDO-PACIFIC   The UAE Singapore Business School (UAESBC) is pleased to announce that their Breakfast Talk featuring His Excellency Bilahari Kausikan will now go online in their first ever webinar version of the series. Start the day right with a stimulating dose of His Excellency’s wisdom and wit on the topic of “Geopolitical Trends in the Indo-Pacific”. Webinar Details Date: 10 June 2020, Wednesday Time: 9:00 am to 10:30 am Virtual Registration Desk open from 9:00 am to 9:30 am Registration is compulsory and limited to first-come-first-served basis. To register, please click here. Registration must be done before Monday, 8 June, 12 pm. Note: Do indicate “a member of ASPRI” beside your company name upon registration. For further information and queries, please email contactus@uaesbc.com or call 6732 0928.    

Overcoming COVID-19 Together: Enhanced Worklife Grant & SGUnited Traineeship Programme

22 May 2020
Ref No.: 220520 (3) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   Overcoming COVID-19 Together: Enhanced Worklife Grant & SGUnited Traineeship Programme(SMU)   1/2:  ENHANCED WORKLIFE GRANT   Flexible work is the new work normal and COVID-19 became the driver for orgnisations to adopt the remote working model. The Government encourage companies to offer/continue with work-from-home and staggered hours arrangements beyond periods when it is mandatory to do so. You can take this opportunity to tap on the Government’s Enhanced Work-Life Grant to transit your organisation into flexible work. The Flexible Work Arrangements (FWAs) Incentive allows up to 35 employees, $2,000 per employee claims per employer, capped at $70,000 per company. Flexible work arrangements (FWAs) also contribute to a supportive and conducive work environment. The benefit derive from the arrangement for both employers and employees are a) Employers can better attract and retain employees, including back-to-work individuals, and become nimbler in manpower deployment.  b) Employees can become more productive and achieve good work and personal outcomes. Please find attached for more information or visit : https://e2i.com.sg/businesses/work-life-grant/. For any queries about the grant, please contact Ms. Lillian Teo at  lilian_teo@e2i.com.sg   2/2:  SGUNITED TRAINEESHIP PROGRAMME-SMU   Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and Workforce Singapore (WSG) have jointly initiated a government-backed traineeship scheme in which a host company may engage a university graduate for up to 12 months, with up to 80% funding of the monthly training allowance provided to each trainee you engage. This is part of the Government of Singapore’s efforts to help businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 measures, while assisting recent graduates who may be experiencing difficulties in finding permanent employment build interim relevant work experience. SMU recommends the following steps should you be interested to hire a graduate trainee under this programme and be eligible for the government funding: 1.    Learn more about the SGUnited Traineeship or SGUT Programme from https://www.wsg.gov.sg/SGUnitedTraineeships-HostCompanies.html    2.    Apply using the online Application Form found at  https://form.gov.sg/#!/5e85abfb172ded0011ca2668   3.    Approved companies are required to first post their traineeship vacancies on https://www.mycareersfuture.sg/ (job  portal), and interested graduates may respond by applying directly to you through the website 4.    You may also subsequently send your traineeship job description and application process preferred to employer@smu.edu.sg, and SMU graduates who are interested may also be guided to apply directly to you. Please contact Mr. Wayne Chia at waynechia@smu.edu.sg should you wish to know more about possibly engaging an SMU graduate as a trainee.    

Overcoming COVID-19 Together: Series of Complimentary Webinars (22 May, 2020)

22 May 2020
Ref No.: 220520 (4) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   Overcoming COVID-19 Together: Series of Complimentary Webinars   1/4: [WEBINAR] WHAT COULD BE YOUR POST COVID-19 GROWTH STRATEGIES TO STAY AHEAD?   The current pandemic will have a profound and long-term impact on the world economy, disrupting almost every industry in every country. Different organisations will recover and grow differently depending on their geographic, market and industry context. Identifying the most suitable growth strategies will be crucial to staying competitive. Some of the best growth strategies, often overlooked, involve 'coopetition' with potential competitors, for a win-win-win result. Join Dr. Leslie Buckley on 26 May 2020, 1:00pm-2:00pm to talk about Using Partnership to Kickstart Your Growth Strategies. Webinar Details Date: 26 May 2020, Tuesday Time: 1.00 pm to 2.00pm Click here to register for the webinar. Additionally, you may click here for more details. Note: Do indicate ‘A Member of ASPRI’ beside your company name upon registration. For more information, please to contact Ng Wee Hong at +65 6826 1317 or weehongng@smu.edu.sg  2/4: [WEBINAR] COVID-19 FINANCIAL MARKET ANALYSIS AND CASH MANAGEMENT CHINESE WEBINAR   随着世界卫生组织宣布“2019冠状病毒疾病”疫情大流行,对于经济和商业活动的破坏浪潮以惊人的速度席卷全球,本地工商业界面临严峻形势。我国政府正努力不歇地遏制冠病疫情继续扩大,各个企业面临了紧迫的挑战,必须要对眼下金融市场的概况和未来发展有所了解,并确保在阻断措施下,资金正常周转。 为帮助中小型企业了解疫情下经济局势的发展概况,和阻断期间如何进行账户管理,本会和中国银行新加坡分行合作,通过网络座谈会方式与您分享最新的经济和金融市场概况与未来展望,以及企业如何善用各种财务管理服务,度过前所未见的艰难时刻。 活动亮点 • 新冠肺炎疫情对全球金融市场的影响 • 主要经济体展望 • 金融市场分析 (汇率、利率、商品) 及市场波动下的交易和业务机会 • 中国银行新加坡分行线上产品和优惠介绍:特殊时期下,如何帮助中小企业轻松做好财务管理 Webinar Details Date: 27 May 2020, Wednesday Time: 10.00 am to 11.00am Click here to register for the webinar. Additionally, you may click here for more details. Note: Do indicate ‘A Member of ASPRI’ beside your company name upon registration. For more information, please to contact Zekson at +65 6337 8381 or zekson@sccci.org.sg    3/4: [WEBINAR] GROW DIGITAL, GO INTERNATIONAL Grow Digital is a new initiative jointly developed by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and Enterprise Singapore to support SMEs who are willing and ready to seize business opportunities on overseas markets.  It connects SMEs to Business-to-Business (B2B) e-commerce platforms pre-approved by IMDA that have strong networks with complementary business service providers (e.g. logistics and financing), good track record and experience in operating in multiple markets. This webinar will guide businesses on how they can tap on Grow Digital to transform their operations by participating in B2B difital platforms that are suitable for their needs. Webinar Details Date: 28 May 2020, Thursday Time: 2.30 pm to 3.45pm Click here to register for the webinar. Additionally, you may click here for more details. Note: Do indicate ‘A Member of ASPRI’ beside your company name upon registration. For more information, please to contact Mr. Chris Foo at chris@sccci.org.sg.     4/4: [WEBINAR] PLANNING FOR FUTURE GROWTH - EXPLORING BUSINESS STRATEGIES & NEW MARKETS The COVID-19 pandemic is not only a health crisis, it is also a corporate crisis posing heightened uncertainties on the future of many businesses around the world. And as it develops, many companies are reviewing their business strategies and looking for new market opportunities to battle its negative effects on their business. Companies are now assessing their current business and distribution strategies, while seeking answers to these questions: Is our business strategy working? Should we look at new markets in preparation for the upswing? But they have to act quickly. Which must involve major business realignments so they can sustain operations and maintain profitability amid the current crisis. To help businesses navigate the crippling effects of the crisis, we are organizing a series of live webinars entitled: “Planning for Future Growth: Exploring Business Strategies & New Markets”. This webinar series (brought to you by InCorp Group and Orissa International) will be live on stream from June 2nd to 11th, covering key Asian Markets: India, Philippines, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Singapore. Webinar Details Date: 2-11 June 2020 Time: 4.00 pm to 5.00pm Click here for more information and register for the webinar.  Note: Do indicate ‘A Member of ASPRI’ beside your company name upon registration. For more information, please to contact info@incorp.asia.     

Overcoming COVID-19 Together: Gradual Resumption of Businesses • Changes to Work Pass Services • Free Webinar by NWCDC

20 May 2020
Ref No.: 200520 (1) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   Overcoming COVID-19 Together: Gradual Resumption of Businesses • Changes to Work Pass Services • Free Webinar by NWCDC   1/3: GRADUAL RESUMPTION OF BUSINESS ACTIVITIES IN PHASES   The Government has announced Circuit Breaker measures will be gradually eased from 2 June 2020, and businesses will be allowed to resume activities in a phased manner. The list of businesses (accurate as of 19 May 2020) that may operate from 2 June 2020 can be found in this infographic. For the latest updates, please refer to the list here. Those who wish to report breaches or poor practices can do so via SnapSAFE – an app that allows the reporting of workplace safety and health issues to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).   2/3: CHANGES TO WORK PASS SERVICES   The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has released adjustments made to work pass services in light of the extension of Circuit Breaker until 1 June 2020. Services affected include: •    Card registration and collection •    Card delivery services •    Medical examinations for pass holders •    Settling-in Programme (SIP) for foreign workers and FDWs •    In-principle approvals (IPAs) that expire during the Circuit Breaker period •    Cancellation of passes and extension stay Please click here to view the full list of changes.   3/3: SCALING UP YOUR HUMAN CAPITAL IN 2020   In collaboration with Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF) and SMECentre@NorthWest, North West Community Development Council (NWCDC) will be hosting a webinar titled, “Scaling Up Your Human Capital In 2020”. Webinar Details Date: 11 June 2020, Thursday Time: 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm   Click here for more information and registration.   Note: Do indicate ‘A Member of ASPRI’ beside your company name upon registration. For enquiries, please contact Yu Rong at 6826 3009 or email yurong.goh@smecentre-smf.sg    

Overcoming COVID-19 Together: Self-Development Webinars from SHRI, NUS, IMDA and SingEx

19 May 2020
Ref No.: 190520 (1) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   Overcoming COVID-19 Together: Self-Development Webinars from SHRI, NUS, IMDA and SingEx   1/4: MAINTAINING MENTAL RESILIENCE DURING COVID-19   In light of Mental Health Awareness Month, Singapore Human Resources Institute (SHRI) has partnered with Singapore Association for Mental Health (SAMH) to organise a webinar series that is aimed to guide you to a healthy and balanced psychological well-being during and after a crisis.   Webinar Details Date: 22 May 2020, Friday Time: 1:00 pm   Click here for more information and registration. Please contact events@shri.org.sg for enquiries.   Note: Do indicate ‘A Member of ASPRI’ beside your company name upon registration.   2/4: HOW TO LEAD AHEAD IN TIMES OF CRISIS   Organised by National University of Singapore (NUS), the webinar titled, “How to Lead Ahead in Times of Crisis” aims to discuss the disruptions experienced by businesses amid the COVID-19 crisis. The webinar will cover: •    What is it that employers should be looking for talent in times of crisis? •    What is data and why is it so difficult to get results? •    How do businesses survive in times of crisis? •    How should we be investing? Webinar Details Date: 22 May 2020, Friday Time: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm   Click here for more information and registration. Please contact mayho@nus.edu.sg for enquiries.   Note: Do indicate ‘A Member of ASPRI’ beside your company name upon registration.   3/4: UPSKILLING IN THE OFF SEASON SESSION 6: LEARN FROM ROLE MODELS   As a joint effort between Facebook, Singapore Tourism Board (STB) Marketing College and Enterprise Singapore (ESG), Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) is hosting a webinar to help business owners and their employees upskill with digital marketing knowledge during this off-season period. Webinar Details Date: 26 May 2020, Tuesday Time: 10:00 am to 11:00 am   Click here for more information and registration.   Note: Do indicate ‘A Member of ASPRI’ beside your company name upon registration.   4/4: SURVIVING THE GREAT DISRUPTION: HOW MANUFACTURERS ARE FACING THE STORM As part of ITAP Academy: Connect, SingEx has collaborated with The Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF) to coordinate a webinar that aims to equip you with the knowledge on how to help your business through this challenging period. The webinar will cover: •    What are the helpful measures to help businesses tide through this challenging period? •    What should be the next steps to get through them? •    How should business resources be allocated or conserved? •    Is digital transformation helpful? Webinar Details Date: 20 May, Wednesday Time: 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm Click here for more information and registration. Please contact conference.itap@singex.com for enquiries. Note: Do indicate ‘A Member of ASPRI’ beside your company name upon registration.

Overcoming COVID-19 Together: Free Webinars by Business China & SGTECH

15 May 2020
Ref No.: 150520 (1) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   Overcoming COVID-19 Together: Free Webinars by Business China & SGTECH   1/3: NEW CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES IN POST COVID-19 WORLD   Business China is organising another webinar as part of their ongoing FC Global Business Series. This webinar, titled, "New Challenges and Opportunities in Post COVID-19 World" will be hosted by Dr Mochtar Riady, Founder and Chairman of Lippo Group.   Dr Riady's sharing will cover the following questions: •    How should businesses reflect upon this crisis and transform themselves? •    What impact will the pandemic have on the regional economy in the long run? •    What are the most vulnerable and most promising industries in the post pandemic? Webinar Details Date: 28 May 2020, Thursday Time: 10:30 am to 11:30 am   Click here for more information and registration.   Note: Do indicate ‘A Member of ASPRI’ beside your company name upon registration.   2/3: GO CLOUD FOR DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION   The webinar titled, "Go Cloud for Digital Transformation" is organised by SGTECH and will provide insights to businesses on taking their first steps onto the cloud. Get started on your digital journey and understand the basics of the cloud as the webinar aims to cover the following: •    Introduction to Cloud •    Benefits/Risks of Cloud •    Types of Cloud services •    Use cases of Cloud for SMEs Webinar Details Date: 27 May 2020, Wednesday Time: 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm   Click here for more information and registration.   Note: Do indicate ‘A Member of ASPRI’ beside your company name upon registration.   3/3: LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS TO ADOPT E-SIGNATURE   In light of the current work from home arrangements that many businesses are adopting due to the COVID-19 situation, SGTECH will also be organising a webinar pertaining to e-signatures, and how it has become a necessity in this trying time. The webinar will cover: •    What's the meaning of electronic signatures? •    Are they legally valid? Are they enforceable in court? •    Practical check-list to consider before using e-signatures Webinar Details Date: 20 May 2020, Wednesday Time: 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm   Click here for more information and registration.   Note: Do indicate ‘A Member of ASPRI’ beside your company name upon registration.  

Overcoming COVID-19 Together Free Leadership Webinar by SNEF

13 May 2020
Ref No.: 130520 (1) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   Overcoming COVID-19 Together: Free Leadership Webinar by SNEF   OVERCOMING COVID-19 TOGETHER: FREE LEADERSHIP WEBINAR BY SNEF   Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) is organising a webinar titled, "Unprecedented Times - Affecting People, Performance & Productivity" that aims to provide insights to Business Leaders, HR Leaders and Managers for unprecedented times - affecting people's performance and productivity at the workplace. Join 4 experts as they discuss extraordinary leadership, digital marketing, learning and development transformation and HR Skills in the new normalcy at the workplace.   The webinar is hosted by Stephen Yee, Assistant Executive Director, SNEF Corporate Learning Centre, and Workforce Transformation with imminent speakers like Andrew Chow, Adrian Choo, Peter Ng and Thomas Yeo.   Topics •    Extraordinary Leaders for Extraordinary Times •    Digital marketing for Turbulent Times •    The New 'Normal' in Learning & Development •    The Business Case for Compassionate Retrenchment Practice   Webinar Details Date: 21 May 2020, Thursday Time: 10:00 am to 11:30 am   Click here for more information and registration. Do indicate "a member of ASPRI" after your organisation name upon registration.   For queries, kindly contact Stephen at stephen_yee@snef.org.sg

Overcoming COVID-19 Together: Workplace Safe Management Measures • SafeEntry Implementation • Free Webinars

11 May 2020
Ref No.: 110520 (1) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   Overcoming COVID-19 Together: Workplace Safe Management Measures • SafeEntry Implementation • Free Webinars   1/4: REQUIREMENTS FOR SAFE MANAGEMENT MEASURES AT THE WORKPLACE   As we prepare for the safe and gradual resumption of economic activities, our workplaces should begin to put in place Safe Management Measures ahead of time. The Ministry of Manpower (MOM), the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and the Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) have issued details on Safe Management Measures required of businesses to resume operations.   Businesses must: •    Reduce physical interaction and ensure safe distancing at workplaces •    Require employees to wear personal protective equipment and observe good personal hygiene •    Ensure cleanliness of workplace premises •    Implement a system of Safe Management Measures at workplaces •    Ensure necessary Safe Management Measures are communicated and explained to employees prior to the resumption of work Note: The Government will take action against errant businesses, including the cessation of operations and enforcements.   For details on Safe Management Measures required of general workplace settings, please click here.  For details on Safe Management Measures required of specific workplace settings, please click here.   2/4: IMPLEMENTATION OF SAFEENTRY   Alongside measures to reduce the risk of transmission in daily interactions and activities, we need to continue to strengthen our contact tracing regime through the use of technology.   Businesses and services that are in operation must come on board SafeEntry to log the check-in of employees and visitors. As a start, deployment will be made mandatory for places where individuals are likely to be in close proximity for prolonged periods or in enclosed spaces, or where there is higher traffic.   The list of facilities and places where SafeEntry must be deployed from 12 May 2020 can be found here, and will be updated as more activities and services resume.   3/4: [WEBINAR] ADOPTING FLEXI-WORK IN YOUR ORGANISATION WITH THE ENHANCED WORK-LIFE GRANT   In partnership with Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) and Tripartite Alliance for Fair & Progressive Employment Practices (TAFEP), Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCCI) has organised a free webinar all about flexible work arrangements (FWAs) and how it could empower work-life harmony.   Webinar Details   Date: 15 May 2020, Friday Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm   Click here for more details. Click here to register for the webinar.   Note: Please select "Yes" under "Are you or your company a SCCCI Member?" and type "ASPRI Member" in the field under it.   For enquiries, please contact Mr Zekson Tan at zekson@sccci.org.sg or 6337 8381 4/4: [WEBINAR] HARNESSING DEEP TECH FOR POST COVID-19 BUSINESSES   Business China will be launching a new series of webinars titled, "FC Global Business Series" from May onward and all the way to November 2020. This upcoming webinar titled ‘Harnessing innovative deep technology for post-COVID-19 businesses’ will explore the potential of Deep Tech during and after the pandemic and how technology can empower our lives.   Webinar Details   Date: 21 May 2020, Thursday Time: 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm   Click here for more details. Click here to register for the webinar.   Kindly RSVP before 19 May 2020, Tuesday.   Note: During registration, kindly indicate "A member of ASPRI" beside your company name.  

Overcoming COVID-19 Together: FREE E-learning Courses for PCM Industry during extended circuit breaker

06 May 2020
Ref No.: 060520 (1) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   Overcoming COVID-19 Together: FREE E-learning Courses for PCM Industry during extended circuit breaker   OVERCOMING COVID-19 TOGETHER: FREE E-LEARNING COURSES FOR PCM INDUSTRY DURING EXTENDED CIRCUIT BREAKER     With the extension of circuit breaker, learning must not stop.    In the month of May, ASPRI-IPI will launch a series of FREE bite-sized E-learning modules to allow PCM workers to self-learn and upskill in the comfort of their own homes.   We strongly encourage members to use this downtime to upskill and to prepare your workforce to emerge stronger.   Click here to view the IPI CONNECT & BOLSTER SAFETY User Manual video for more information on IPI-Connect mobile training app and how-to sign-up for Bolster Safety user account.   For other enquiries, please contact 6795 5700 or enquiries@ipi.org.sg                            

Overcoming COVID-19 Together: Easing of Tighter Circuit Breaker Measures

04 May 2020
Ref No.: 040520 (1) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   Overcoming COVID-19 Together: Easing of Tighter Circuit Breaker Measures   EASING OF TIGHTER CIRCUIT BREAKER MEASURES In line with the latest announcement from the Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF) on 2 May 2020, selected F&B and retail operations will be allowed to resume from 12 May 2020. Enterprise Singapore (ESG), Housing & Development Board (HDB), Singapore Food Agency (SFA), Singapore Tourism Board, (STB) and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) have provided updated operational guidance on the permissible activities and safe distancing measures for F&B and retail establishments. Please refer to the appended advisories for the latest information. The information in these advisories supersede that in previous advisories or statements.

Overcoming COVID-19 Together: Coordinated Donations to Support Migrant Workers More Effectively

30 Apr 2020
Ref No.: 300420 (1) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   Overcoming COVID-19 Together: Coordinated Donations to Support Migrant Workers More Effectively   COORDINATED DONATIONS TO SUPPORT MIGRANT WORKERS MORE EFFECTIVELY The Inter-agency Taskforce has received many offers from Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), business and individuals, to support migrant workers with donations of food and non-food items. Their generosity is much appreciated. The coordination of donation efforts with NGOs and community partners are spearheaded by a team led by Minister of State for Manpower Mr Zaqy Mohamad. Weekly engagements with NGOs and community partners are held to continually assess and coordinate efforts to address the needs of our migrant workers. The Taskforce has been working with NGOs such as the Alliance of Guest Workers Outreach, COVID-19 Migrant Support Coalition, Crisis Relief Alliance and Migrant Workers' Centre, amongst others, to ensure that these donations reach our migrant workers. •    They reach out to over 20,000 migrant workers daily to deliver a range of care packs, masks as well as food for workers whose meals are not provided for. •    In addition, close to 70,000 migrant workers have received care packs and other forms of aid provided by volunteers from more than 10 different community groups and NGOs. If you are keen to support migrant workers affected by COVID-19, you may visit SG United portal at www.sgunited.gov.sg/donate. This is driven by the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) via its City of Good and Giving.sg platforms. This will allow the Taskforce to continue channelling community support and donations more effectively to those may benefit most from it. The Taskforce will work together with NGOs and community partners to better meet the needs of our migrant workers. Please view the appended Press Release for more details.

Overcoming COVID-19 Together: FREE E-Learning Courses for All PCM Workers During Extended Circuit Breaker

30 Apr 2020
Ref No.: 300420 (2) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   Overcoming COVID-19 Together: FREE E-Learning Courses for All PCM Workers During Extended Circuit Breaker   FREE E-LEARNING COURSES FOR ALL PCM WORKERS DURING EXTENDED CIRCUIT BREAKER   With the extension of circuit breaker, learning must not stop.  In the month of May, ASPRI-IPI will launch a series of FREE bite-sized E-learning modules to allow PCM workers to self-learn and upskill in the comfort of their own homes. We strongly encourage members to use this downtime to upskill and to prepare your workforce to emerge stronger. Series #1: Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) E-Modules - Refresher Courses Specially curated for workers and supervisors, these refresher courses* are adapted from existing WSH curriculum  and allow users to learn at their own pace. This is now available on IPI-Connect mobile training app. Series #2: Bolster Safety E-Platform with Craftsmanship Micro E-Modules In partnership with Bolster Safety, ASPRI-IPI has procured 10,000 user licenses and will gradually roll out 9 micro e-learning modules (3 modules every week) to help workers gain the required safety awareness and craftsmanship, through effective use of questioning techniques. Series #3: Work Improvement Bite-Sized E-Modules To raise awareness on productivity and effectiveness of work performance, ASPRI-IPI will release work improvement and teamwork bite-sized topics every week on IPI-Connect mobile training app. Click here to view the IPI CONNECT video for more information on IPI-Connct mobile training app and how to sign-up. For other enquiries, please contact 6795 5700 or enquiries@ipi.org.sg * The e-modules are developed for self-learning, no official MOM safety pass / SSG certificate will be issued

[Update] Overcoming COVID-19 Together: ASPRI Advisory on Extended Circuit Breaker

27 Apr 2020
Ref No.: 270420 (2) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   Please note that this email shall supersede the earlier one sent out this morning.   [Update] Overcoming COVID-19 Together: ASPRI Advisory on Extended Circuit Breaker   Dear Fellow ASPRI Members, On 21 April 2020, the Multi-Ministry Taskforce announced that it would extend the circuit breaker period until 1 Jun 2020.  During the Solidarity Budget, employers are given a Foreign Worker Levy (FWL) rebate of $750 for each S Pass or Work Permit Holder (WPH) employed as of 29 February 2020. In addition, levies due to be paid in April 2020 have been waived.  The Government will extend these measures by providing:  1.    FWL waiver rebate of $750 for each S Pass or WPH employed as of 1 May 2020  2.    Waiver of FWL due in the month of May 2020  ASPRI recommends that all members continue to take care of affected foreign workers, throughout the Circuit Breaker period by;  a)    Paying for the maintenance and upkeep of foreign workers living in dorms, with no deductions made to their accommodation, food and utilities, AND  b)    Providing a stipend of no less than 75% of the basic monthly salary or $750.  c)    Option to  a.    Ask WPH to consume one week of annual leave entitlements, OR  b.    time-bank of 25% of salary to cover overtime work after Circuit Breaker.  Foreign workers who continue to work full-time during Circuit Breaker must be paid their prevailing salaries.  While we understand that pay structure for companies may differ, these advisories serve to provide members with a common reference point.  Members are encouraged to have regular communication with their workers and provide a forum for clarification.  I am confident that, if we work as one cohesive community, together we will overcome COVID-19.    Charles Quek President For and on-behalf of ASPRI 12th Executive Council

Overcoming COVID-19 Together: ASPRI Advisory on Extended Circuit Breaker

27 Apr 2020
Ref No.: 270420 (1) UEN: S97SS0046G   Overcoming COVID-19 Together: ASPRI Advisory on Extended Circuit Breaker   Dear Fellow ASPRI Members, On 21 April 2020, the Multi-Ministry Taskforce announced that it would extend the circuit breaker period until 1 Jun 2020.  During the Solidarity Budget, employers are given a Foreign Worker Levy (FWL) rebate of $750 for each S Pass or Work Permit Holder (WPH) employed as of 29 February 2020. In addition, levies due to be paid in April 2020 have been waived.  The Government will extend these measures by providing:  1.    FWL waiver rebate of $750 for each S Pass or WPH employed as of 1 May 2020  2.    Waiver of FWL due in the month of May 2020  ASPRI recommends that all members continue to take care of affected foreign workers, throughout the Circuit Breaker period by;  a)    Paying for the maintenance and upkeep of foreign workers living in dorms, with no deductions made to their accommodation, food and utilities, AND  b)    Providing a stipend of approximately 75% of their basic salary, up to a cap of $450 for low-wage WPHs, who are not working and live in dormitories.  c)    Option to  a.    Ask WPH to consume one week of annual leave entitlements, OR  b.    time-bank of 25% of salary to cover overtime work after Circuit Breaker.  For workers earning higher basic salary (more than $600), member companies are encouraged to pay a proportionally higher stipend no less than 75% of the basic monthly salary or $750.  Foreign workers who continue to work full-time during Circuit Breaker must be paid their prevailing salaries.  While we understand that pay structure for companies may differ, these advisories serve to provide members with a common reference point.  Members are encouraged to have regular communication with their workers and provide a forum for clarification.  I am confident that, if we work as one cohesive community, together we will overcome COVID-19.     Charles Quek President For and on-behalf of ASPRI 12th Executive Council

Overcoming COVID-19 Together: Further Measures to Help Companies During Extended Circuit Breaker

24 Apr 2020
Ref No.: 240420 (1) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   Overcoming COVID-19 Together: Further Measures to Help Companies During Extended Circuit Breaker   FURTHER MEASURES TO HELP COMPANIES DURING EXTENDED CIRCUIT BREAKER In light of the extension of the Circuit Breaker, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has implemented further measures to help companies during this period. Employers will be given a Foreign Worker Levy (FWL) rebate of $750 for each S Pass and Work Permit holder employed as of 29 February 2020. Do note that the FWL rebate will be processed and credited as follow: 1.    Companies with PayNow Corporate accounts must acknowledge by 8 May 2020 to receive the FWL rebate on 29 May 2020; those that acknowledge by 22 May 2020 will receive the FWL rebate on 19 June 2020. 2.    Companies without PayNow Corporate accounts must acknowledge by 22 May 2020 to receive the payment by cheque from 3 July 2020. You may view the appended Press Release for more details.

IMPORTANT: Suspension of WSH Innovation Awards Application

23 Apr 2020
Ref No.: 230420 (1) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   IMPORTANT: Suspension of WSH Innovation Awards Application   SUSPENSION OF WSH INNOVATION AWARDS APPLICATION In line with the recent press release from The Ministry of Health (MOH) on the 'Extension of Circuit Breaker Period', Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Council will be extending the suspension of applications for WSH Awards 2020 until further notice. Applications will resume once the 'circuit breaker' has lifted and more details regarding submission timeline will be given then. In the event the 'circuit breaker' lifts on 1 June, WSH will allow applicants to submit their applications by 15 June. Addtionally, the official announcement of the winners will most likely be pushed back from 25 August to 25 September. We seek your kind understanding regarding the matter. Thank you.

Overcoming COVID-19 Together: Strong National Push to Stem Spread of COVID-19

22 Apr 2020
Ref No.: 220420 (1) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   Overcoming COVID-19 Together: Strong National Push to Stem Spread of COVID-19   1/5: EXTENSION OF CIRCUIT BREAKER PERIOD As announced by PM Lee yesterday, the circuit breaker period will be extended by another 4 weeks until 1 June 2020 (inclusive). The Government will continue to monitor the situation closely, and may be able to gradually ease some of the measures if there is a significant decline in our local transmission numbers. Businesses which had earlier received approvals by the Ministry of Trade and Industry to operate during the original Circuit Breaker period from 7 April 2020 to 4 May 2020 can continue doing so until 1 June 2020.  The Government will continue supporting businesses and workers throughout the extended circuit breaker period.   2/5: TACKLING TRANSMISSIONS IN MIGRANT WORKER CLUSTERS From 2359 hours, 21 April 2020, the authorities will no longer allow daily movement of workers in and out of all dormitories (i.e. Purpose Built Dormitories, Factory Converted Dormitories, Construction Temporary Quarters and Temporary Occupation Licence quarters.  Workers living in the dormitories who had earlier been allowed to commute to work will no longer be allowed to do so. Employers must continue to work with the dormitory operators to ensure the wellbeing of the workers in the dormitories, including taking care of their food and other daily needs. For more information, please visit: https://www.moh.gov.sg/news-highlights/details/strong-national-push-to-stem-spread-of-covid-19 3/5: TIGHTENED LIST OF ESSENTIAL SERVICES AND MEASURES FOR WORKPLACES THAT REMAIN OPEN The Multi-Ministry Taskforce has also announced that fewer businesses will be permitted to operate during the Circuit Breaker. This will further reduce the number of workers who have to physically go to work, so as to minimise the movement and interaction of people, and curb the spread of COVID-19. The Government will introduce the following additional measures targeted at workplaces: •    Suspend the operations of less critical consumer services with effect 21 April 2020, 2359hrs;  •    Place additional restrictions on selected consumer-facing businesses to further reduce customer interactions with effect 21 April 2020, 2359hrs; •    Reduce the number of businesses allowed to operate at their work premises. Affected businesses will be notified by the Ministry of Trade and Industry and have 24 hours upon notification to wind down their business operations completely. 4/5: ADDITIONAL SAFEGUARDS AGAINST COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION For workplace premises which remain open, employers must put in place effective measures to avoid transmission of COVID-19 at and across workplace premises:  •    Not allowing teams working in different locations to interact physically with one another; •    Implementing safe distancing measures at every workplace premise; •    Ensuring workers wear masks at the workplaces; •    All workplaces will also be required to have a system that logs their workers’ entry into, and exit from, their workplaces.  Employers can consider using a digital check-in application called SafeEntry for this purpose 5/5: QUERIES ON THE LATEST MEASURES For all enquiries on the latest measures, please contact Enterprise Singapore (ESG) at 6898 1800 or email safedistancing@enterprisesg.gov.sg. Their phone lines will be open from 8.00am to 9.00pm on 22 April 2020, and 8.30am to 5.30pm daily thereafter. Latest information will be up on www.enterprisesg.gov.sg/covid-19 as well.

Overcoming COVID-19 Together: Tech Tools & Solutions to Adopt with Government Grants & Support

22 Apr 2020
Ref No.: 220420 (2) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   Overcoming COVID-19 Together: Tech Tools & Solutions to Adopt with Government Grants & Support   TECH TOOLS & SOLUTIONS TO ADOPT WITH GOVERNMENT GRANTS & SUPPORT As part of IMDA’s “Stay Healthy, Go Digital” campaign, IMDA, SGTech and SBF are organising a webinar for SMEs, on the topic of remote working. It will cover practical tips and government assistance available to help SMEs during this challenging circuit breaker period, so that business can continue as much as possible.  The free webinar will be held this Friday, 24 April, at 12.30pm to 2pm. You can sign up here.  Please remember to indicate “A Member of ASPRI” beside your company’s name. More details are below.

IMPORTANT: Jurong Island (JI) Pass Renewal

20 Apr 2020
Ref No.: 200420 (1) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   IMPORTANT: Jurong Island (JI) Pass Renewal   IMPORTANT: JURONG ISLAND (JI) PASS RENEWAL As you may know, validity of the Jurong Island (JI) Pass is tied to MOM’s Work Permit validity. In view of recent developments in the COVID-19 situation, MOM has advised that Work Permits expiring from 6 Apr 2020 to 5 May 2020 will be automatically extended until 5 Jun 2020. You may refer to https://www.mom.gov.sg/covid-19/adjustments-to-work-pass-services for more information. Arising from this, we recognise that some workers who fall within the above category (i.e. those with a Work Permit expiring from 6 Apr – 5 May 2020) will need to similarly renew their JI Pass. As such, please inform any of your workers who may be affected to write to JIcheckpoint@jtc.gov.sg to request a JI Pass renewal up to 5 Jun 2020. Alternatively, you may do so for them.  Please note that this JI Pass renewal process only applies to workers who have been identified as providing essential services on JI. You are advised to submit this JI Pass renewal request as soon as possible, as it may take up to 5 working days to process.     

[UPDATE] Compulsory Online Submission of Essential Employees’ Details

19 Apr 2020
Ref No.: 190420 (2) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   [UPDATE] Compulsory Online Submission of Essential Employees’ Details   [UPDATE] COMPULSORY ONLINE SUBMISSION OF ESSENTIAL EMPLOYEES’ DETAILS This email shall supersede the earlier one that we sent out this morning after further clarification with relevant authorities:   If you face any difficulties with your application or require more clarification on whether you can operate, please contact ESG at 6898 1800 or safedistancing@enterprisesg.gov.sg  
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