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:
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.