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IMPORTANT: Compulsory Online Submission of Essential Employees’ Details

19 Apr 2020
Ref No.: 190420 (1) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   IMPORTANT: Compulsory Online Submission of Essential Employees’ Details   IMPORTANT: COMPULSORY ONLINE SUBMISSION OF ESSENTIAL EMPLOYEES’ DETAILS As the number of new infection cases continue to rise, stricter measures to control the flow of essential employees/workers in the workplace must be put in place.  As such, businesses performing essential services and those that have received an approval for exemption are required to submit details of their essential employees/workers to authorise them to work at office or site from 19 April 2020, Saturday onwards. The form for the submission of employee/workers’ details is available at https://covid.gobusiness.gov.sg and is to be done daily, before 12.00pm. If staff is not in the list, they will not be allowed to go to work. The Government takes a serious view of any infringement and will not hesitate to take actions against non-compliant businesses. Under the Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act passed in Parliament on 07 April 2020, first-time offenders will face a fine of up to S$10,000, imprisonment of up to six months, or both. Subsequent offences may face a fine of up to S$20,000, imprisonment of up to twelve months, or both. For more information, please visit: https://covid.gobusiness.gov.sg/faq/essentialworkers

OVERCOMING COVID-19 TOGETHER: ADDRESS BY BANGLADESHI AND INDIAN HIGH COMMISSIONER TO FOREIGN WORKERS

13 Apr 2020
Ref No.: 130420(5) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   OVERCOMING COVID-19 TOGETHER: ADDRESS BY BANGLADESHI AND INDIAN HIGH COMMISSIONER TO FOREIGN WORKERS   1/2. ADDRESS BY BANGLADESHI HIGH COMMISSIONER       2/2. ADDRESS BY INDIAN HIGH COMMISSIONER

OVERCOMING COVID-19 TOGETHER: MOM ADVISORY FOR EMPLOYERS OF WORKERS

13 Apr 2020
Ref No.: 130420(6) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   OVERCOMING COVID-19 TOGETHER: MOM ADVISORY FOR EMPLOYERS OF WORKERS   MOM ADVISORY FOR EMPLOYERS OF WORKERS STAYING IN FACTORY CONVERTED DORMITORIES, CONSTRUCTION TEMPORARY QUARTERS OR TEMPORARY OCCUPATION LICENCE QUARTERS MOM has issued an advisory for employers of workers staying in factory converted dormitories, construction temporary quarters or temporary occupation licence quarters. You may view the full Advisory at: https://www.mom.gov.sg/covid-19/advisory-for-employers-of-workers-in-fcd-ctq-tol Remind your workers to observe safe distancing measures. Please ensure that you observe the following safe distancing measures: 1.    No inter-mixing of workers while staying at the dormitory / quarters. 2.    Minimise time spent in public areas.  3.    Mandatory to register time in/out when leaving the dormitory / quarters. 4.    Maintain safe distance During this period, please ensure that your work pass holders have catered meals so that they need not leave the dormitory / quarters. They must remain in their residence as much as possible. Do engage your workers and help them understand that these are important and necessary adjustments for their health and safety. Workers who do not cooperate will be fined. They will also risk having their work passes revoked and being permanently barred from working in Singapore. Monitor health of your workers Ensure that your work pass holders monitor their health and take their temperatures twice daily. If any of them develop a fever or any flu-like symptoms (e.g. cough, runny nose, shortness of breath), they should report to the dorm operator immediately and seek medical treatment. Prompt payment of salary and well-being of your work pass holders As a responsible employer, you must continue to pay your workers their salaries promptly and look after their well-being during this period. Action to be taken against irresponsible practices and behaviour MOM will take action against employers and/or work pass holders for any instances of irresponsible practices and behaviour. These actions could include revocation of work pass privileges. We seek your cooperation to be part of the fight against COVID-19 and to safeguard Singapore’s public health.  You may also visit MOH’s website at www.moh.gov.sg regularly to keep yourself updated on the latest developments. Thank you.   

OVERCOMING COVID-19 TOGETHER: AVAILABLE GRANTS, FUNDS AND PACKAGES TO GET BY COVID-19

13 Apr 2020
Ref No.: 130420(3) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   OVERCOMING COVID-19 TOGETHER: AVAILABLE GRANTS, FUNDS AND PACKAGES TO GET BY COVID-19   AVAILABLE GOVERNMENT GRANTS, FUNDS AND PACKAGES TO GET BY COVID-19 The government has put together a resource package for those who need additional help during these times of difficulty.  You may go to the following link to check your eligibility and to access the available Grants, Funds and Packages to help you get by Covid-19: https://www.supportgowhere.gov.sg/ Thank you.  

OVERCOMING COVID-19 TOGETHER: DECLARATION OF SALARY PAYMENTS BY 15 APRIL 2020

13 Apr 2020
Ref No.: 130420(4) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   OVERCOMING COVID-19 TOGETHER: DECLARATION OF SALARY PAYMENTS BY 15 APRIL 2020   1/2. DECLARATION OF SALARY PAYMENTS BY 15 APRIL 2020 MOM have published the latest advisory on making electronic payments to workers residing in dormitories. This is a new work pass condition. This advisory is for employers with foreign workers residing in dormitories, and provides guidance on the payment of salaries. https://www.mom.gov.sg/covid-19/advisory-on-salary-payment-to-foreign-workers With the enhanced social distancing measures in place during the Circuit Breaker, the movement of foreign workers residing in dormitories are tightly regulated to reduce the spread of COVID-19 among foreign workers. In addition, foreign workers in dormitories gazetted as isolation areas are not allowed to leave the dormitories and go to work. They will remain in quarantine for 28 days as a start, subject to further review. Employers must continue to pay foreign workers in dormitories their salaries during this period. Under the Employment Act, employers must pay salaries within 7 days after the end of the salary period. Failure to do so would constitute an offence under the Employment Act for which employer can be prosecuted. Their work pass privileges will also be suspended immediately. PLEASE NOTE Declaration of salary payments Employers with foreign workers residing in dormitories are required to make a declaration by 15 April 2020,  2359 hours  that they will pay salaries electronically by the next salary payment due date. 2/2. HOW DO YOU OPEN A BANK ACCOUNT FOR YOUR EMPLOYEES For employers who are having difficulty on how to go about creating a bank account for your employees, you may visit this link by MOM and follow the steps accordingly. https://www.mom.gov.sg/faq/work-permit-for-foreign-worker/how-can-i-open-a-bank-account-for-my-foreign-worker Thank you.

OVERCOMING COVID-19 TOGETHER: SAFE DISTANCING MEASURES FOR LORRIES

13 Apr 2020
Ref No.: 130420(2) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   OVERCOMING COVID-19 TOGETHER: SAFE DISTANCING MEASURES FOR LORRIES   1/2. MOM ADVIOSRY ON SAFE DISTANCING MEASURES FOR LORRIES On 3rd April 2020, the Multi-Ministry announced an elevated set of safe distancing measures was implemented as a circuit breaker to reduce the local transmission of COVID-19. The aim is to significantly reduce the physical movement and interactions in all places.   We will like to share that MOM and LTA require employers and lorry owners to adopt safe distancing measures when ferrying workers. From Monday, 13th April 2020, JTC will be enforcing safe distancing requirements on transports (Lorries) going in and out of Jurong Island. Vehicles with a full load of workers will be turn away at the checkpoint.  Please take immediate steps to prepare your transport and brief your workers on this measure. Refer to MOM Advisory for more information: https://www.mom.gov.sg/covid-19/advisory-for-safe-distancing-measures-for-lorries Employers and lorry owners must adopt safe distancing measures at the back of lorries The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) require employers and lorry owners to also adopt safe distancing measures when ferrying workers involved in providing essential services on lorries. The measures include to: a.    Review the maximum seating capacity for each lorry to ensure that workers are able to maintain a safe distance of 1m from each other while seated at the back of the lorry. b.    Mark out with labels or other demarcation for workers to identify an appropriate location to sit. c.    Communicate to your workers and lorry drivers to ensure effective implementation of these safe distancing measures. These measures are necessary to reduce the risks of COVID-19 transmission amongst workers during this challenging period. If necessary, employers should make provisions for additional trips or lorries. Employers and lorry owners are expected to comply with the above immediately until the end of the circuit breaker or when notified by the authorities.   2/2. JTC MEASURES ON SAFE DISTANCING In line with the social distancing guidelines, JTC has put in place social distancing, good hygiene, and cleaning measures at the checkpoint to mitigate against transmission of the virus. These include placing markings of 1m spacing on the floors of our PDL arrival halls and pass offices. Please advise your employees to observe these markings for social distancing.   Officers are deployed at the PDL arrival halls to dispatch the commuters in batches alighting from vehicles to prevent congregation of people. Please advise your employees not to alight immediately upon reaching the PDL arrival halls but to wait for the instructions of the officers instead. This is to prevent overcrowding at the arrival halls.   To safeguard public health and safety, we have set up temperature stations throughout the checkpoint to screen commuters and deny entry to those who are unwell. We have also further enhanced good hygiene practices by setting up “contactless” facial recognition clearance for some turnstiles at the bus arrival hall, and placed hand sanitisers after all turnstiles for commuters’  use once they clear and walk through.  Last but not least, we have stepped up the frequency of cleaning of the common areas and equipment such as turnstiles, machines etc.    Due to the extra measures in place, it may take longer to clear the checkpoint than usual. We seek your understanding in this matter.    Stay Safe. Thank You.  

OVERCOMING COVID-19 TOGETHER: STATUS OF GENERAL EXEMPTION APPLICATION

13 Apr 2020
Ref No.: 130420(1) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   OVERCOMING COVID-19 TOGETHER: STATUS OF GENERAL EXEMPTION APPLICATION   STATUS OF GENERAL EXEMPTION APPLICATION For companies who has applied or would like to apply for your workplace to continue operations during the suspension period or declaration for companies which provide essential services please view the following link: https://covid.gobusiness.gov.sg/ 1. This application and status of application is for entities who are seeking to continue their operations during the suspension period.  2. Entities that are able to continue to operate their business (in limited or full capacity) with their employees working from home should continue to do so and need not apply.  3. Given the above, MOM encourages you to submit an application for only critical functions and their supporting functions (if any) within your company that you require your employees to work on-site. All information provided will be treated as confidential.  4. MOM regrets to inform that appeals on previously rejected applications will not be entertained. You may wish to approach the respective sector agencies which are copied in the outcome of your previous application for more information.  5. Useful links and other information.  i.    MTI Public Guidance on the Suspension of Activities at Workplace Premises to  Reduce COVID-19 Transmission, 3 Apr 2020, at:  https://www.mti.gov.sg/Newsroom/Updates-on-COVID-19  ii.    MOH Additional Measures to Minimise Further Spread of COVID-19 Cases, 3 Apr 2020, at https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19/past-updates iii.    MOH's website, for information on latest measures, at https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19  iv.    MOM Advisories and FAQs on COVID-19, at  http://www.mom.gov.sg/covid-19 Thank you.  

OVERCOMING COVID-19 TOGETHER: 2 IMPORTANT NOTICE

09 Apr 2020
Ref No.: 090420 (2) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   OVERCOMING COVID-19 TOGETHER: 2 IMPORTANT NOTICE   1/2. LEGAL ADVISORS AT A CONCESSIONARY RATE BY ASPRI The rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation around the globe has created significant uncertainties and business disruptions. ASPRI continues to be at the forefront in supporting and working with you as we brace ourselves against the challenging circumstances and uncertain times.  The Association is pleased to provide members with the appended legal memorandum, prepared by the law firm of Shook Lin & Bok LLP. Titled “Implications of COVID-19 on businesses”, this memorandum seeks to address some of the key questions raised by local businesses arising from the COVID-19 situation:  •    What temporary relief can I obtain from the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020?  •    What is “force majeure” – how can I deal with it? •    What are some practical pointers to note when dealing with employees in a COVID-19 situation? In addition to the pro-bono legal memorandum, Shook Lin & Bok LLP has agreed to offer concessionary rates to ASPRI members should you require further legal advice. For more information, please contact:  •    Lee Ping at  6439 0644 or e-mail: ping.lee@shooklin.com •    Teo Mae Shaan at 6439 4850 or e-mail: maeshaan.teo@shooklin.com Alternatively, you may also like to consider another Legal Advisor, David Lim & Partners LLP whom has agreed to offer concessionary rates to our member companies as well.  David Lim & Partners LLP (Founded in 1990) provides a full spectrum of legal services which includes, Corporate & Commercial, Litigation Dispute Resolution & Arbitration, Intellectual Property & Technology, Wealth Management and Wills Probate & Administration. As a medium-size boutique law firm, David Lim & Partners LLP also have a strong network of strategic alliances throughout Singapore, Asia Pacific and other parts of the world. In this unprecedented situation, we do understand the different challenges that businesses and firms are facing and David Lim & Partners LLP will be pleased to offer their legal assistance so that businesses and firms can re-focus on their more immediate priorities. Members can contact Ken at  6320 1173 or e-mail: ken.lai@dlplaw.com.sg Please remember to provide proof of ASPRI Membership to receive assistance at a concessionary rate. Note: Members are free to consult any law firm of their choice if they require further advice.  Thank you. 2/2.  LEGAL RAMICATIONS AND ITS IMPACT BY SGTECH  On Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the Circuit Breaker period, SGTech is organising a series of webinars to share knowledge relevant to SMEs and startups. Next Tuesday, 14 April 2020, SGTech will be providing insights into the legal ramifications of the temporary measures and how it affects you.  Details:  COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act | 14 Apr | 12:30-13:30 The Government of Singapore enacted the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act on 7 April 2020 to help protect businesses and consumer from their inability to perform certain contractual obligations due to COVID-19.  Learn about the legal ramifications of this new legislation and how it affects you.  Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/1615861514580/WN_ATEOoJNCQ56KRv9R9f2ijA Thank You!

OVERCOMING COVID-19 TOGETHER: POSTPONEMENT OF WSH INNOVATION AWARD

09 Apr 2020
Ref No.: 090420 (3) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   OVERCOMING COVID-19 TOGETHER: POSTPONEMENT OF WSH INNOVATION AWARD   POSTPONEMENT OF WSH INNOVATION AWARD In line with the recent advisories from MOH on circuit breaker measures to prevent spread of COVID-19 and suspension of non-essential services, the submission of application for the WSH Innovation Award has been extended to 15 May 2020. Companies who wish to take part in the award may still do so. Please be reminded that all submissions must be in by 8 May 2020 to ASPRI.  You may contact Mona at mona@aspri.com.sg for more information.  Thank you.

Overcoming COVID-19 Together: Safe Distancing During Transportation of Workers

09 Apr 2020
Ref No.: 090420 (1) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   Overcoming COVID-19 Together: Safe Distancing During Transportation of Workers   OVERCOMING COVID-19 TOGETHER: SAFE DISTANCING DURING TRANSPORTATION OF WORKERS ASPRI would like to gently remind members that despite being broadly considered as Essential Services, companies are still required to practice the enhanced safe distancing at all times, even during transportation of workers. Earlier, it was observed that several companies still continue to transport their workers in packed lorries. We anticipate authorities imposing significantly stricter measures to ensure safe distancing, especially with the rise in number of cases in dormitories. Hence, please make necessary arrangement to ensure safe commuting of your workers such as: •    Making multiple trips OR •    Increasing the number of lorries On that note, please ensure all business operations are in line with the advisories provided by the government.

MOM FAQ ON LEVY REBATE AND LEVY WAIVER FOR BUSINESS EMPLOYERS

08 Apr 2020
Ref No.: 080420 (3) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   OVERCOMING COVID-19 TOGETHER: MOM FAQ ON LEVY REBATE AND LEVY WAIVER FOR BUSINESS EMPLOYERS   MOM FAQ ON LEVY REBATE AND LEVY WAIVER FOR BUSINESS EMPLOYERS The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) have updated the FAQs on their website on the levy rebate and levy waiver for business employers (please scroll to the bottom of the website):  https://www.mom.gov.sg/covid-19/frequently-asked-questions.    Appended herein is the portion on how to set up the PayNow Corporate to facilitate the disbursement of the levy rebates on 21 Apr 2020. Thank you.

OVERCOMING COVID-19 TOGETHER: ASPRI-IPI WILL CEASE ALL IN-PERSON TRAININGS WITH EFFECT FROM 7 APRIL 2020

08 Apr 2020
Ref No.: 080420 (2) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   OVERCOMING COVID-19 TOGETHER: ASPRI-IPI WILL CEASE ALL IN-PERSON TRAININGS WITH EFFECT FROM 7 APRIL 2020   ASPRI-IPI WILL CEASE ALL IN-PERSON TRAININGS WITH EFFECT FROM 7 APRIL 2020 Kindly refer to the circulars attached from MOM, dated 6 April 2020 and SSG, dated 3 April 2020, pertaining to the suspension of all in-person training.    To minimise physical interactions and supports the national “circuit breaker” effort, ASPRI-IPI will cease all in-person trainings with effect from 7 April 2020, except Plant Specific in-house contractors’ courses to continue supporting the Process sector. Once the suspension is lifted, we look forward to your continuous support to ASPRI-IPI.    In summary, the following in-person trainings will be suspended  1) all MOM WSH training 2) all SSG accreditated training 3) all ITE SETC test 4) all EM contractors training (except urgent ad-hoc training request) 5) Shell SJI TA courses (delivery will be via IPI CONNECT mobile e-learning) The following in-person training will resume until migration to e-learning (IPI CONNECT),  1) Shell SJI Run and Maintain We will update once the migration is complete.    During this Circuit Breaker period, staff of ASPRI-IPI will work from home and remain contactable (during office hours) through: 6795 5700 (main line) or 8134 0280 (secondary line for Shell courses and scheduling matters) or  drop us an email at enquiries@ipi.org.sg     Thank you.  

OVERCOMING COVID-19 TOGETHER: BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS CURATED FOR THE PCM SECTOR

08 Apr 2020
Ref No.: 080420 (1) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   OVERCOMING COVID-19 TOGETHER: BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS CURATED FOR THE PCM SECTOR   BUDGET 2020:  BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS CURATED FOR THE PCM SECTOR Since Budget 2020, COVID-19 has accelerated into a global pandemic. To help our people, the government has put together various COVID-related measures under the Unity, Resilience and Solidarity Budget.  Enterprise Singapore has curated a series of support measures for the Process Construction & Maintenance sector that have been announced thus far under the three budgets. Please find attached document for your information.

[UPDATE] Compulsory Online Submission To Continue Operations

07 Apr 2020
Ref No.: 070420 (4) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   [UPDATE] Compulsory Online Submission To Continue Operations   [UPDATE] COMPULSORY ONLINE SUBMISSION TO CONTINUE OPERATIONS With reference to the circular sent on 6 April 2020 (Monday), we would like to update our members on the following after further clarification with Enterprise Singapore (ESG): •    Broadly for ASPRI, services relating to the refining, supply, distribution and storage of essential fuel products, and their contractors are part of Essential Services •    However, individual members must still fill up form https://covid.gobusiness.gov.sg/ using your CorpPass by end of 13 April 2020 (Monday) •    Allow up to 48 hours or so for a reply and you may continue with on-site operations* until you receive the reply. Do check your junk mail folder and add Covid_GoBusiness@mti.gov.sg to your safe recipients list. *This is subject to individual plant owner’s directives. If you face issues with your dormitory operators on workers’ movement, you may want to refer to clause 4 of the appended Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Overcoming COVID-19 Together: 3 Important Updates

07 Apr 2020
Ref No.: 070420 (2) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   Overcoming COVID-19 Together: 3 Important Updates   1/3: SOLIDARITY BUDGET 2020 Since Budget 2020, COVID-19 has accelerated into a global pandemic. To help our people, over and above the $55 billion COVID-related measures under the Unity and Resilience Budgets, on 6 April 2020 the government announced an additional $5.1 billion Solidarity Budget to see Singaporeans and businesses through this period.  Please see below for the key highlights from the announcement. To read the full Solidarity Budget booklet, please refer to the appended or click here:  https://www.singaporebudget.gov.sg/budget_2020/solidarity-budget/solidarity-budget-measures/solidarity-budget-booklet-eng A. ENHANCE PROTECTION FOR JOBS AND LIVELIHOODS 1.    Enhanced Jobs Support Scheme (JSS) •    Government will help employers by paying 75% on the first $4,600 of monthly salaries1, up from 25% on the first $4,600 previously •    First JSS payout will be brought forward to April 2020, from May 2020 2.    Helping Self-Employed Persons (SEPs) •    Eligible SEPs will receive three quarterly cash payouts of $3,000 each in May, July, and October 2020  1 75% wage support for aviation, and tourism sectors; 50% for the food services sector, and 25% for all other sectors. B.  STRENGTHEN SUPPORT FOR FIRMS 1.    Cash Flow & Credit Support for Employers •    Waiver of monthly Foreign Worker Levy (FWL) due in April 2020 to help firms with cash flow  •    FWL rebate of $750 in April 2020 from levies paid this year, for each Work Permit or S Pass holder  •    Laws to ensure property owners pass on Property Tax rebate to tenants  •    1 month rental waiver for office, commercial, and agriculture tenants of Government agencies  •    Government’s risk share raised from 80% to 90% for EFS-Trade Loan, EFS-SME Working Capital Loan, and Temporary Bridging Loan Programme2 2Applies to loans initiated from 8 April 2020 till 31 March 2021 C. PROVIDE MORE HELP TO SINGAPOREANS 1.    Cash Payments for Singaporeans  •    Additional cash payout of $300 for all Singaporeans aged 21 and above in 2020 •    Cash payout will be paid in April 2020     2.    Other Payments •    Other payments from Resilience Budget will remain, and will be paid out in June 2020  •    Cash payout for each Singaporean parent with at least 1 Singaporean child aged 20 and below in 2020 of $300  •    All Singaporeans aged 50 and above in 2020 will receive their $100 PAssion Card Top-up in cash  •    Total of up to $1,000 in cash for eligible Singaporeans in June 2020 2/3: COVID-19 (TEMPORARY MEASURES) BILL Last week, the Ministry of Law introduced the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Bill. For better understanding, Ministry of Law has also prepared infographics and a set of FAQs on the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Bill. Please refer to the below and appended for your reference.     3/3: KEY LINKS TO TAKE NOTE SURROUNDING THE LASTEST COVID-19 DEVELOPMENTS Members can refer to these key links for the latest development of the COVID-19 developments: ESG’s business advisory           www.enterprisesg.gov.sg/covid-19 Tightened safe distancing measures for F&B establishments, retail establishments, shopping malls and standalone stores  (for strict compliance from 7 April to 4 May)     www.enterprisesg.gov.sg/covid-19/safe-distance The most updated list of essential services exempted from the suspension of workplace activities      https://covid.gobusiness.gov.sg/essentialservices Applications for exemptions and declaration for companies which provide essential services     http://www.covid.gobusiness.gov.sg The latest COVID-19 resources from MCI  (posters in all four languages)     https://www.gov.sg/article/covid-19-resources You can also direct all queries to safedistancing@enterprisesg.gov.sg or call ESG at 6898 1800/ 6736 6622    

Overcoming COVID-19 Together: ASPRI Advisory on Solidarity Budget 2020

07 Apr 2020
Ref No.: 070420 (1) UEN: S97SS0046G   Overcoming COVID-19 Together: ASPRI Advisory on Solidarity Budget 2020   Dear Fellow ASPRI Members, Last afternoon, DPM Heng announced that the government will be extending the following to employers: a)    a waiver of the foreign worker levy due in April 2020, and  b)    a levy rebate of S$750 for each work permit or S Pass holder, based on previous levies paid in 2020.  With the levy waiver and rebate provided by the Government, Employers must treat their foreign employees fairly and responsibly to retain the essential workforce so that businesses can restart after this period.   ASPRI recommends that all members take care of affected low-wage foreign workers, during this Circuit Breaker period by; a)    Paying for the maintenance and upkeep of the low-wage 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 Work Permit Holders, 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. d)    Foreign employees 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, the above advisory serves to provide members with a common reference point.  Members are encouraged to brief their workers and provide a forum for clarification. During this difficult time, it is important to be fair to our workers and for all our members to take a unified and cohesive approach to overcome this crisis together.  Let us do our best during this period and stay united in to fight COVID-19. Together, we can!      Charles Quek President For and on-behalf of ASPRI 12th Executive Council

Overcoming COVID-19 Together: Supplementary Solidarity Budget 2020 Advisory

07 Apr 2020
Ref No.: 070420 (5) UEN: S97SS0046G   Overcoming COVID-19 Together: Supplementary Solidarity Budget 2020 Advisory   Dear Fellow ASPRI Members, On 7 Apr 2020, ASPRI released a Solidarity Budget 2020 Advisory with recommendations for low-wage foreign workers. This supplementary advisory seeks to address some of the feedback received pertaining to workers earning a higher basic salary. 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. 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 brief their workers and provide a forum for clarification. Let us take a unified and cohesive approach to overcome this crisis together.     Charles Quek President For and on-behalf of ASPRI 12th Executive Council  

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Compulsory Online Submission To Continue Operations

06 Apr 2020
Ref No.: 060420 (1) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   IMPORTANT REMINDER: Compulsory Online Submission To Continue Operations   IMPORTANT REMINDER: COMPULSORY ONLINE SUBMISSION TO CONTINUE OPERATIONS With reference to the circular sent out on 3rd April 2020, ASPRI would like to gently remind that ALL business owners of essential services must seek approval online to remain open during this period of ‘circuit breaker’. Only upon approval, members will be allowed to move workers out of their dormitories to continue work. To seek official approval for exemption of suspension,  1. Login to https://covid.gobusiness.gov.sg/ using your CorpPass to submit your details by end of 13 Apr 2020 (Mon) 2. Indicate your essential key clients in the application 3. Allow 48 hours or so for a response Kindly note that after approval, companies are still required to practice the enhanced safe distancing at all times. For further clarification, please refer to the appended full list of essential services and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). You may also contact ESG at 6898 1800 or SafeDistancing@enterprisesg.gov.sg For the full advisory, please visit: https://www.mti.gov.sg/-/media/MTI/Newsroom/Press-Releases/2020/03/Suspension-of-activities-at-workplace-premises-to-reduce-covid-19-transmission.pdf Please take care, stay vigilant and safe!                                       

Overcoming COVID-19 Together: PM Lee's remarks on 3 Apr 2020

03 Apr 2020
Ref No.: 030420 (1) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   Overcoming COVID-19 Together: PM Lee's remarks on 3 Apr 2020   Earlier today, PM Lee delivered his remarks on the evolving situation of COVID-19. Instead of tightening incrementally over the next few weeks, the government made a decisive move now, to pre-empt escalating infections. The measures are expected to reduce the risk of a big outbreak occurring and gradually bring our numbers down.  Please note the key updates following this evening’s press conference. 1/3: GUIDELINES ON SUSPENSION OF WORKPLACE ACTIVITIES TO REDUCE COVID-19 TRANSMISSION Following PM Lee’s remarks, ASPRI has clarified with Enterprise Singapore (ESG) on the definition of Essential Services on behalf of our Members. We are pleased to inform you that broadly for ASPRI, services relating to the refining, supply, distribution and storage of essential fuel products, and their contractors are part of Essential Services. However, individual company is still required to seek approval on a case-by-case basis. Please login to https://covid.gobusiness.gov.sg/ using your CorpPass to submit your details by end of 13 Apr 2020 (Mon). Please indicate your essential key clients in the application and allow 48 hours or so for a response. Kindly note that after approval, companies are still required to practice the enhanced safe distancing at all times. For further clarification, please refer to the appended full list of essential services and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). You may also contact ESG at 6898 1800 or SafeDistancing@enterprisesg.gov.sg For the full advisory, please visit: https://www.mti.gov.sg/-/media/MTI/Newsroom/Press-Releases/2020/03/Suspension-of-activities-at-workplace-premises-to-reduce-covid-19-transmission.pdf Please take care and stay vigilant and safe. Thank you. 2/3: ASPRI AND ASPRI-IPI OPERATIONS To comply with the above-mentioned measures, please note the entire ASPRI Secretariat at TA Hub will be working from home from 6 April 2020, Monday. Our office phones will still be manned and diverted to the duty Executive.  ASPRI-IPI will continue operations at the ASPRI Integrated Training Centre (AITC) and trainings will proceed as usual. The above arrangements will be in place until further notice. ASPRI will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide updates accordingly. The Association remains committed to serving you and we thank you for your kind understanding and patience. 3/3: SGTECH WEBINARS ENTITLED "ISOLATION ECONOMY" SGTech is rolling a series of short live webinars entitled "Isolation Economy" to educate SMEs on how to manage their business in this COVID-19 environment. As Work from Home (WFH) becomes a new reality for Singapore's workforce, what are the essentials business owners need to know about adjusting your workforce, tools to facilitate this process and various technology solutions that are off the shelf and ready to use right now. The first webinar on Apr 8, 2020 12:30pm will cover: (A) Basic access your employees need at home to get started (B) Workday planning to keep productivity consistent even at home (C) Technology tools and solutions including protecting your data This event will be delivered online as a webinar. Q&A will follow after the sharing. Members who are interested may register at: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/9015858921651/WN_wsubNpDERBWbaJzB7TgBJg

IMPORTANT: 50% Rebate of Annual Membership Subscription • Free Webinars • Extension of Vehicle Entry Permit for Malaysian Vehicles

31 Mar 2020
Ref No.: 310320 (1) UEN: S97SS0046G   Dear Valued ASPRI Members,   IMPORTANT: 50% Rebate of Annual Membership Subscription • Free Webinars • Extension of Vehicle Entry Permit for Malaysian Vehicles   1/3: 50% REBATE OF ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTION The Association hopes the announcement of the one-off, 50% annual membership subscription fee rebate (FY April 2020 to March 2021) has been useful for members to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. A Credit Note was sent out earlier today, 31 March 2020, through our Xero system. Please do not regard the email from messaging-service@post.xero.com as spam. Kindly assist to inform your Finance In-Charge as well. Important Note: •    Members haven’t made payment: Kindly remember to make payment based on the 50% rebate •    Members who made payment: ASPRI will do a bank transfer of the 50% rebate back to the members. Please complete the appended Direct Credit Authorisation form and email it to andy@aspri.com.sg to facilitate the bank transfer, if not done so previously. All refund will be processed and paid out before the end of May 2020. 2/3: FREE WEBINARS BY SCCCI SCCCI is working with the government and their business partners to roll out a series of online webinars to help the SME community get through the crisis. SCCCI has kindly extended their invitation to ASPRI Members to join these webinars, conducted fully online at no financial cost. The pipeline includes briefings on the Government’s Second Economic Stimulus Package, finance and working capital financing support from financial institutions, as well as managing crisis communications, supply chain disruptions and manpower in this crisis. Please see below and click on the individual images for more information/ to register.           Members may also contact Ms Emelyn Wong at emelyn@sccci.org.sg or 6430 8315 for enquiries and assistance. 3/3: EXTENSION OF VEHICLE ENTRY PERMIT Many Malaysian workers have chosen to remain in Singapore as Malaysia’s Movement Control Order is in force. To make it easier for them to remain here for an extended period amid the developing COVID-19 situation, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) will be extending the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) validity period for Malaysia-registered vehicles till 30 June this year.  There is no need for Malaysian motorists to submit any application for this extension. They will however, need to ensure they have sufficient value in their Autopass cards for Singapore’s VEP fee, Reciprocal Road Charge (for foreign cars only), ERP charge and toll payments before driving out of Singapore. They should also update their vehicle insurance validity dates using the VEP digital service to cover the full duration of their stay in Singapore.  Members can direct their Malaysian workers to http://www.onemotoring.com.sg to calculate the charges, update insurance validity and for further information.  
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