News Recap

18 Apr to 24 Apr

24 Apr 2020

1. 5 Tips to Engage your Employees Remotely

As the circuit breaker measures take effect and many workplaces are encourage to implement work-from-home arrangements, the Institute of Human Resource Professionals (IHRP) has provided five tips on how organisations can sustain engagement and stay connected with their employees. They are as follow:

  1. Communicate regularly
  2. Maintain motivation and productivity
  3. Encourage employees to upskill and reskill
  4. Promote virtual social interaction
  5. Show that you care and empathise with your employees



2. Grab drivers, vehicles from SMRT unit deployed to help Health Ministry take suspect COVID-19 cases to hospital

Some Grab drivers as well as subsidiary of transport operator Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT) have been roped in to help authorities take suspect cases of COVID-19 to hospitals. These drivers will only ferry individuals who are "stable and clinically well", taking them from primary care clinics to public acute hospitals or the National Centre for Infectious Diseases.


3. Coronavirus: Pass on jobs support to workers or lose future payouts, MOM warns employers

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will investigate complaints that employers are not using their Jobs Support Scheme payouts to support employee salaries.

The ministry said in a statement on Thursday (23 April) that companies which reduce their employees' salaries or put them on no-pay leave during the slowdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic will receive correspondingly lower payouts in subsequent tranches.

MOM may also punish errant employers by denying them future payouts and waivers or curtailing their work pass privileges.


4. Coronavirus: Banks to lend more money to SMEs at cheaper rate with new MAS facility

A boost has been given to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who want to take out government-assisted loan forms at low interest rates as firms attempt to ride out the COVID-19 crisis. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) will offer near-zero interest rate loans to eligible banks - just 0.1 per cent per annum for a two-year tenor - in a move to support SME lending under schemes from Enterprise Singapore (ESG).


5. SMEs offer their know-how to help in fight against pandemic

Using their existing know-how and capabilities, local firms are stepping to supply needed products and services in Singapore's fight to contain the the novel coronavirus outbreak. Some of these small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have developed their own innovations; others are working closely with government agencies to apply technology in new areas.


6. Over 62,000 employers start getting foreign worker levy rebates

Over 62,000 employers started getting their share of nearly $675 million in foreign worker levy rebates from 21 April.

This comes as Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said that he would extend these rebates by another month, to ease labour costs with the circuit breaker period getting extended.

Mr Heng also mentioned employers will get a levy rebate of $750 for each work permit or S Pass holder to support firms during the circuit breaker period.

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