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News Recap - 12 Jun To 18 Jun

18 Jun 2021
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Covid-19 1/3: Days off, free medical consultations: Companies roll out support for employees taking COVID-19 vaccine As Singapore begins to vaccinate younger age groups against COVID-19, some companies have introduced measures to encourage employees to get their jabs and to support those who may suffer side effects.   The registration exercise for Singaporeans aged 12 to 39 began on Jun 11. This is a big group of about 1.5 million people, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung had said.  Beyond giving employees time off to get vaccinated, companies CNA spoke to said they have other support initiatives in place. >> Read more   2/3: One in five migrant workers in dorms fully vaccinated About one-fifth of migrant workers living in dormitories have been fully vaccinated. As at May 31, these 55,000 workers have received both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said yesterday. Another 67,000 have received one dose, with their second dose scheduled to be administered six to eight weeks from the first dose, said a spokesman for MOM in response to queries from The Straits Times. "When more migrant workers in dormitories are vaccinated and the Covid-19 situation in Singapore further improves, we will be able to progressively ease restrictions for the migrant workers," said the spokesman. >> Read more   3/3: Regular testing for staff in higher-risk settings Staff who work in higher-risk settings with unmasked customers will have to undergo regular Covid-19 testing, with the Government covering the cost of these tests for the next three months. These include workers at dine-in food and beverage (F&B) establishments, saunas, gyms and fitness studios where clients are unmasked. Mandatory fast and easy testing (FET) will start from next month for those working at dine-in F&B establishments, as dining in with a maximum group size of five will be allowed to resume from June 21. >> Read more The Ministry of Manpower 1/1: S'pore's labour market continues recovery into 1st quarter; total employment grows by 12,200 Singapore's labour market continued its recovery in the first quarter, with total employment growing for the first time since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. A report by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) on Thursday (June 17) showed that the total employment, excluding foreign domestic workers, rose by 12,200 in the first three months of the year, after four consecutive quarters of decline. This far surpassed the preliminary estimate of 4,800 released in April. Resident hires continued to rise, outpacing the decline in non-resident employment, which is partly due to restrictions on the inflow of foreign workers. >> Read more Human Resources 1/1: Singapore employers are looking to hire in Q3 2021, but face talent shortages About six in ten employers (64%) have reported difficulty in hiring, and this is most common inroles like operations & logistics. ManpowerGroup’s latest Employment Outlook Survey (8 June) revealed positive hiring intentions from Singapore employers between July to September 2021. In this period, the net employment outlook stands at +15% - an improvement of 43 percentage points (pp) from Q3 2020, when COVID-19 first had an impact on hiring sentiment. The survey was conducted with 624 employers between April to May 2021, prior to the announcement of Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) restrictions. >> Read More Workplace Safety & Health 1/1: Worker fell through opening at construction site On 10 June 2021, a worker fell 40 metres to his death through a gap in the floor of a warehouse building under construction. The structure used to cover the gap gave way when the worker was crossing the structure. The worker was wearing a full body harness without a lanyard attached. Such accidents can be prevented with the following measures:  Block up all sides of structures used to cover gaps (e.g. with hoarding) to prevent workers crossing through the structure. Place warning signs near structures used to cover gaps to alert workers of the fall hazard. Brief workers on the safe route(s) of access/egress and advise them to stay clear of danger zones. Equip each worker with fall protection equipment (e.g. full body harness with lanyard) and ensure that they are anchored when working at height. Establish a Fall Prevention Plan (FPP) and a Permit-To-Work (PTW) system for hazardous works at height.  For more information on establishing a FPP and a PTW system, refer to the WSH Council’s Code of Practice for Working Safely at Height. >> Read More Sustainability 1/1: JTC and Shell Singapore sign MOU to explore development of solar farm on Semakau Landfill JTC Corporation and Shell Singapore have signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly explore the development of a solar farm on part of Semakau Landfill, both parties announced in a press release on Thursday (Jun 17). The MOU is supported by the National Environment Agency (NEA) and Energy Market Authority (EMA) and was signed at a ceremony on Thursday morning. The solar farm is expected to occupy an area of 60ha and have a capacity of at least 72 megawatt-peak, which is enough to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 37,000 tonnes a year, said the four parties in a joint press release. The energy produced can power up to 17,500 households for a year. If successful, the farm will also help reduce Singapore’s carbon emissions and meet its growing clean energy needs, noted the press release. >> Read more © All Rights Reserved Our Warmest Regards, ASPRI Secretariat admin@aspri.com.sg

News Recap - 22 May To 28 May

28 May 2021
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Covid-19 1/2: Why S'pore is in a stronger position than it was last year A fresh wave of Covid-19 infections is sweeping the globe, with several countries in the region, including Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines getting badly hit. Singapore has not been spared. In the fortnight till May 26, it has seen between 19 and 38 new community cases diagnosed each day - compared with the one to 16 cases a day in the previous fortnight - in spite of tighter safety measures. To some, this evokes memories of the days leading up to the circuit breaker last year, when case numbers were rising. But there are key differences. Singapore may be battling more infectious variants of the virus this time around, but it appears to have a firmer grip on the situation. The number of new community cases is currently lower than the roughly 40-60 in early April last year, just before the circuit breaker was implemented.   >> Read more   2/2: MOM fines 11 companies for failing to ensure WFH as default arrangement The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) on Monday said it fined 11 companies for breaches of safe-management measures (SMMs) after inspecting over 530 workplaces from 8 May to 21 May. All the fines were issued to companies which failed to ensure work-from-home (WFH) as a default arrangement for employees who are able to do so, MOM said in a press statement. It will be stepping up inspections of workplaces to ensure the latest guidelines are properly implemented. The latest advisory for SMMs at the workplace was issued on May 14, which requires employers to implement WFH as the default work arrangement. MOM said all employees whose roles can be performed from home must do so and employers must provide the necessary facilities and direct their staff to WFH wherever possible. >> Read more Industry 1/2: Singapore factory output posts sixth straight month of growth; up 2.1% in April Singapore factory output rose 2.1 per cent in April, its sixth straight month of growth, as the linchpin electronics cluster continued to underpin gains. The latest growth eases from the year-on-year increase of 7.6 per cent in March, and fell short of the median estimate of 3.5 per cent expansion in a Bloomberg poll. Chemicals output was positive, increasing 14.4 per cent in April on mixed performances in its segments. Petrochemicals exhibited strong growth due to base effects, as production a year ago was low due to plant maintenance shutdowns. The specialties segment also expanded with higher production of industrial gases and additives, but the other chemicals and petroleum segments declined. >> Read more   2/2: Enhancing cyber resilience in the oil and gas industry The World Economic Forum (WEF) has brought together industry and cybersecurity experts from companies and organizations such as Siemens Corp, Saudi Aramco, Royal Dutch Shell, the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore, the U.S. CISA, industrial cybersecurity company Dragos and many others to compile a blueprint for enhancing cyber resilience across the oil and gas industry. Cyber attacks targeting organizations in the oil and gas (and the rest of the energy) industry are a daily occurrence, though they seldom lead to high profile outcomes and real-world effects like the recent Colonial Pipeline attack. “Cybersecurity in the oil and gas sector is inherently challenging due to the complexity of running a vast organization with different businesses, assets and personnel located all over the world, as well as working with a complex supply chain of customers and suppliers,” WEF notes. >> Read more Human Resources 1/1: What business owners can learn from COVID-19 The majority of us have spent the past year adjusting to the ‘new normal’ since the outbreak of COVID-19. We have socially distanced, worn masks to every outing, and our working lives have most definitely changed; mainly through working from home.   But what lasting effects will COVID-19 have on the way we work? Has this new normal highlighted the pitfalls of our usual ways of working? Do business owners and staff actually prefer the current working conditions? If business owners are to continue allowing staff to work from home after COVID-19, these are the five factors they should focus on in order to ensure that this is executed effectively: Trust within the business Appropriate workstations Access to required resources Teamwork and keeping in touch Choice and flexibility >> Read more Workplace Safety & Health 1/1: WSH Alert Accident Alerts The following are four accident alerts reported by the Workplace Safety & Health Council (WSHC). To read more about them, please click on each alert: Worker trapped between two shipping containers Worker caught in between lift car and hoist way structure Two workers passed out and died in dredge ballast tank Worker caught in between lift car and hoist way structure Sustainability 1/1: PM Lee highlights S'pore's Green Plan in meeting with Commonwealth leaders As a small country, Singapore's impact on the global climate is limited, but the Republic will do its part wherever it can and support others too, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Monday (May 24). "As the world continues to grapple with Covid-19, we must not take our eye off the global climate agenda," he said during a virtual roundtable meeting with fellow leaders of Commonwealth countries. "Climate change is an urgent and existential threat, and all countries have to build on the Paris Agreement to address this global challenge to humanity." During the meeting, which was hosted by Britain's Prince Charles, PM Lee outlined four aspects of Singapore's Green Plan 2030 as an example of how Singapore is trying to build back in a sustainable way after Covid-19. >> Read more © All Rights Reserved Our Warmest Regards, ASPRI Secretariat admin@aspri.com.sg

News Recap - 01 May to 07 May

07 May 2021
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Covid-19 1/1: Singapore tightens COVID-19 measures: Reduced workplace capacity to 50%, and more from 8 May 2021 Effective 8 May 2021 and up till 30 May, employers must ensure that no more than 50% of employees who are able to work from home return to the workplace at any time, as Singapore tightens its measures to tackle COVID-19. Announcing this on Tuesday (5 May 2021), the Multi-Ministry Taskforce said employers should continue to stagger start times of employees who need to return to the workplace, and implement flexible working hours. Social gatherings at the workplace should be avoided. >> Read more Ministry of Foreign Affairs 1/1: Singapore, Malaysia to begin cross-border travel scheme for death-related, critically ill emergency visits from May 17 A cross-border travel scheme facilitating trips between Malaysia and Singapore for compassionate reasons such as death and visits to loved ones who are critically ill is set to kick off on May 17. This was confirmed in a joint statement on Sunday (May 2) by Singapore’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan and his Malaysian counterpart Hishammuddin Hussein, following the latter’s two-day official visit to Singapore. >> Read more Health & Wellness 1/2: 12 companies recognised for ‘exemplary efforts’ to promote mental health at work Twelve employers were given awards for creating mentally friendly and healthy working environments by mental health non-profit organisation, Silver Ribbon (Singapore), on Tuesday (May 4). They were commended for promoting positive mental health awareness in their workplace, offering job opportunities to persons with mental health issues, commemorating World Mental Health Day, equipping their staff with knowledge on identifying mental health issues, and providing accommodation for staff with mental health issues.  >> Read more   2/2: Tips for companies to promote mental wellness in workplace The Covid-19 pandemic has had a transforming impact on society, and those who denied or ignored the importance of mental health experienced such issues for themselves when it struck, Singapore International Chamber of Commerce (SICC) chief executive Victor Mills said yesterday. The inaugural ceremony saw 12 organisations recognised for their efforts in creating a mentally healthy working environment. These include offering job opportunities to persons with mental health issues, equipping staff with mental health knowledge on identifying mental health issues and promoting positive mental health awareness at their workplace. >> Read more Human Resources 1/1: How to manage productivity in the new normal Employees across Asia believe their productivity has remained the same or higher over the past year despite the global pandemic, according to a recent study. Microsoft found that about three in five workers in Japan, for example, have managed to maintain their productivity levels compared with the previous year. This is much higher than the global average of only two in five professionals. However, the sustaining high levels of productivity have resulted in an exhausted and stressed out workforce. The same Japanese workers reported feeling zonked out (48%) and stressed (45%). Globally, more than half said they feel overworked, with another 39% feeling exhausted because of the longer workdays. >> Read more Workplace Safety & Health 1/2: More than $608,000 raised for Tuas fire victims received, shared equally among them A total of $608,032 raised for the eight victims of the Tuas fire in an online drive has been shared among them as at Saturday night (May 1). The fund-raising initiative by non-profit organisation ItsRainingRainCoats (IRR) had surpassed its target of $300,000 on March 3. In an update on the campaign's page on website Give.Asia, IRR said on Saturday that the proceeds have been divided equally and remitted to the accounts of the eight workers. >> Read more   2/2: Call for safer transport for workers including ban on using lorries after fatal accidents The conditions that migrant workers live under are once more the subject of debate - following two recent lorry accidents that left two dead and more than 20 injured. Ahead of the next Parliament session on May 10, Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC MP Alex Yam has filed questions for the Ministry of Transport, asking if it will consider requiring employers to transport their workers in minibuses or buses with the compulsory use of seat belts. Advocacy groups are more unequivocal, saying the accidents have created a "sickening sense of deja vu". For them, ferrying workers in lorries that are meant for goods, not passengers, is no longer acceptable for a developed country like Singapore, no matter the cost to employers. >> Read more Sustainability 1/1: From setting emissions target to changing behaviour through procurement, public sector to lead S’pore’s green push From hitting the peak of its carbon emissions by 2025 to encouraging sustainability through procurement and education, the public sector is set to take the lead in Singapore’s green push. A new initiative, dubbed GreenGov.SG, will contribute towards the national sustainability agenda mapped out in the Singapore Green Plan 2030, which charts the Government’s vision to create a more liveable and sustainable future. Ms Grace Fu, Minister for Sustainability and the Environment, said in Parliament during a multi-ministry segment on sustainability on Thursday (March 4) that the public sector would focus on several areas. >> Read more © All Rights Reserved Our Warmest Regards, ASPRI Secretariat admin@aspri.com.sg

News Recap - 24 Apr to 30 Apr

30 Apr 2021
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Covid-19 1/2: Nearly 900 workplaces inspected for COVID-19 requirements in April, about 10 firms fined About 900 workplaces have been inspected since the start of April to ensure that they have implemented COVID-19 safe management measures, said the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) on Saturday (Apr 24). Fines have been issued to about 10 companies. MOM provided the figures as it revealed that it had inspected the workplace of a recent COVID-19 community case. “When such cases occur, MOM conducts checks to ensure that safe management measures are in place to prevent further workplace transmission,” the ministry said in a Facebook post. >> Read more   2/2: How Covid-19 has changed life in foreign workers' dorms in S'pore When the Covid-19 outbreak hit dormitories in Singapore last year, conditions in the living quarters were pinpointed as a reason for the spike in cases. A year after dorm cases hit a daily high, Insight looks at how dormitory living has been transformed even as the fight against Covid-19 continues to be felt daily by the workers living in the quarters, with the timeline for workers to return to the community unclear given the latest spate of cases. >> Read more Ministry of Manpower 1/2: Major Cabinet reshuffle, with 7 ministers given new roles by PM Seven of the 15 ministries, including Finance, Education and Health, will get new ministers under a major Cabinet reshuffle aimed at giving younger ministers experience and exposure in more portfolios. The changes come two weeks after the announcement that Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat is stepping aside as leader of the People's Action Party's fourth-generation (4G) team. He continues as Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies, but will relinquish the finance portfolio. >> Read more   2/2: Total employment grows for first time since COVID-19 pandemic Employment in Singapore grew in the first quarter of 2021 for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, advance estimates released by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) showed on 28 April. Resident employment grew at a moderated pace but outstripped a smaller decline in non-resident employment, said MOM in a media release. As a result, total employment saw "modest expansion" in the first three months of 2021, after four quarters of decline. >> Read more Human Resources 1/1: Tripartite Standards Launched to Balance Work, Family and Personal Commitments Workers struggling to balance their work and personal time may look forward to better work-life harmony, following a new set of guidelines released by tripartite partners. Minister of State for Manpower Gan Siow Huang launched the Tripartite Standard on Work-Life Harmony (TS-WLH) standards on 26 April 2021. >> Read more Workplace Safety & Health 1/2: Workplace safety must remain employers' priority Employers must continue to stay vigilant and keep workplace safety and health as one of their priorities, said Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) president Robert Yap, who noted the spike in workplace incidents earlier this year. In his May Day message on 27 April, Dr Yap said workplace safety and health is an integral part of the safe reopening of the Singapore economy. He also urged employers to take the opportunity to transform their business, as the pandemic has accelerated the adoption of digital technologies. >> Read more   2/2: Worker struck by fallen excavator attachment On 22 April 2021, a worker and an excavator operator were involved in the hacking of a precast concrete panel using an excavator fitted with a concrete breaker attachment. As steel frames were obstructing the concrete panel, the operator operated the excavator to lift them away. After the lifting, while the worker was unrigging the lifting gears from the excavator arm, the concrete breaker attachment suddenly detached and struck the worker. He was conveyed to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The Ministry of Manpower has commenced investigations into the accident. >> Read more Sustainability 1/1: Experts laud ‘ambitious’ S’pore Green Plan 2030; some urge more climate change education Academics and experts have lauded the recently launched Singapore Green Plan 2030 as ambitious, though some would like to see more education on climate change at schools and institutes of higher learning. National University of Singapore's (NUS) Energy Studies Institute research fellow Melissa Low said some of the road map’s targets, which were revealed on 10 February, go beyond those enshrined in the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint. The blueprint, which maps out the Government’s vision to create a more liveable and sustainable future, was last updated in 2015. >> Read more © All Rights Reserved Our Warmest Regards, ASPRI Secretariat admin@aspri.com.sg

News Recap - 10 Apr to 16 Apr

16 Apr 2021
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Covid-19 1/2: Covid-19 vaccinations, nasal swab tests permissible during Muslim fasting month of Ramadan Vaccinations and nasal swab tests will not invalidate fasting during Ramadan, noted the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis). Mufti Nazirudin Mohd Nasir, the highest Islamic authority here, said to the media on Wednesday (March 17): "There were some who were concerned about whether they could get vaccinated during Ramadan and wanted to postpone it. "Vaccination does not invalidate one's fast. All we need to do is take the necessary precautions as advised by medical experts." Ramadan is from April 13 to May 12.   >> Read more   2/2: MOM clarifies stance on COVID-19 vaccine Employers, unions and government leaders in Singapore are considering a possible approach to COVID-19 staff vaccinations; however, immunisation is still optional. A tripartite memo will be circulated “at the appropriate time,” according to the Ministry of Manpower. “The tripartite partners are continuing their discussions on acceptable employer policies with respect to vaccination of their workforce,” the MOM said. The statement was made in connection with MP Yip Hon Weng’s questions on the immunisation of workers, particularly frontliners and other high-risk personnel. >> Read more Ministry of Manpower 1/4: Muslim migrant workers to get congregational prayers inside their dorms for Ramadan Migrant workers who are observing the Muslim holy month of Ramadan will be able to attend congregational prayers within their dormitories from April 13 to May 12 - the full duration of the fasting month. Dormitories will be allowed to hold two congregational prayer sessions for up to 200 attendees, subject to the size and availability of the sites at each location, said the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) on Friday (April 9). Meanwhile, the ongoing vaccination drive for migrant workers will continue. The vaccination hours will be extended to 10pm during Ramadan to cater to Muslim workers who have to break their fast before vaccination, added MOM. >> Read more   2/4: A third of job openings in 2020 was for remote work; about half were newly created positions The Covid-19 pandemic has not only affected hiring trends here, but also changed the nature of the jobs on offer. About 35 per cent of job vacancies last year involved work that could be done remotely, largely for professional, managerial, executive and technician (PMET) roles, according to the annual job vacancies report released by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) on Friday (April 9). Nearly half, or 45 per cent, of all job openings last year were newly created rather than existing positions, which resulted from business expansion opportunities, job redesign efforts and government initiatives aimed at coaxing firms to transform. This is an increase compared with the previous two years, MOM's report showed. >> Read more   3/4: 9,500 have taken up SGUnited traineeships and attachments Some 7,600 recent graduates have taken part in the SGUnited Traineeships programme, while another 1,900 mid-career workers have participated in company attachments under the SGUnited Mid-Career Pathways programme. The two schemes were launched last year to tackle weakened hiring demand caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. As at end-February, about 200 have found full-time employment while still undergoing these programmes, said the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and Workforce Singapore (WSG) in a jobs situation report yesterday. Another 160 have completed the programmes. >> Read more   4/4: National Wages Council to convene on April 19, will announce guidelines by end-May The National Wages Council (NWC) will convene next Monday (April 19) to relook guidelines on wage- and employment-related issues amid the Covid-19 pandemic. In its deliberations, it will take into account the domestic and global economic situations and outlook given the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, as well as Singapore's pace of recovery, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said on Wednesday. The NWC - which is chaired by DBS Bank chairman Peter Seah and comprises representatives from the Government, employers and unions - aims to announce the updated guidelines by the end of next month. >> Read more Human Resources 1/1: 5 soft skills to help future-proof your career Most of us experienced some kind of disruption in 2020, and as we return to work in 2021 it’s natural for us to step back and reflect both as individuals and as leaders about what skills are important for our professional development, and how we go about developing them in our teams. The skills that we developed over the last 12 months can help set us up for success in our career for years to come. As we move into our post pandemic careers, there are five key areas of focus which are likely to be helpful to develop our careers. Relationship building and networking Resilience Curiosity Growth mindset Strong values starting with integrity >> Read more Digital Twin 1/1: Is your digital twin really a digital twin? When people think of using digital twins in infrastructure, they typically imagine a project team planning and overseeing the construction of a new site. True, they enable large teams, from many different organisations, to cooperate smoothly and get the build completed with as few unforeseen problems as possible. However, digital twinning is far more than just a project management tool and most teams aren’t even close to employing the technology to its full potential yet. This needs to be remedied because putting it to work throughout a project’s lifecycle can help enable next level results. Using a well-managed, up-to-date digital twin, site managers can now model everything from material stress to usage patterns, allowing them to keep maintenance costs to a minimum while maximising utilisation rates and return on investment (RoI). >> Read more

News Recap - 06 Apr to 09 Apr

09 Apr 2021
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Covid-19 1/2: Singapore residents aged below 45 can make Covid-19 vaccination appointments from June Those aged below 45 will be invited to book their slots for Covid-19 vaccination from June, if all goes as planned, said Senior Minister of State for Health Janil Puthucheary in Parliament on Monday (April 5). He added that as at April 3, around 1.05 million individuals have received at least one dose of the vaccine, of whom more than 468,000 individuals have received their second dose and completed the full vaccination regimen.   >> Read more   2/2: Can HR ban unvaccinated staff from travelling? Worldwide, many have been complaining that vaccinations have been off to a ‘slow start’. Despite this, it hasn’t stopped anyone from wondering about one thing: can we travel if we get vaccinated? While the answer may vary from country to country, depending on whether the local authorities decide to open their borders for travellers, murmurs abound about the possibility of ‘vaccine passports’ to ease the troublesome journey.   >> Read more Ministry of Manpower 1/2: Singapore to have five long public holiday weekends in 2022 For freelance facilitator Angie Woo, 56, low numbers of Covid-19 infections in some countries and Singapore's own vaccination drive are feeding hopes that international travel may be back on the cards next year. "At this point I'm dying to get out," she said. "Places like Australia and Taiwan seem good options as they have low infection numbers." Mrs Woo, who was vaccinated in January, hopes that if enough people are vaccinated, quarantine requirements between countries with low infection rates may be relaxed. And the mother of two children in their 20s hopes to be able to use some of the long weekends next year for a family vacation. >> Read more   2/2: Unemployment falls for 4th straight month Singapore's unemployment rates dropped for the fourth consecutive month in February, as the economy continued to slowly recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. The unemployment rates peaked in September last year and persisted through October, before falling steadily since November. Singapore's hiring situation has continued to improve, with declines seen across the overall, resident and citizen unemployment rates, said Manpower Minister Josephine Teo yesterday. >> Read more Human Resources 1/1: Employer policies for vaccination of the workforce: Discussions underway in Singapore A tripartite guidance on employer policies for vaccinating the workforce against COVID-19 will be released "at an appropriate time", Singapore's Manpower Minister Josephine Teo has stated. She also noted that while employers and unions are mindful that vaccinations are voluntary, workforces with a higher rate of vaccination are likely to be more resilient against outbreaks. This, in turn, ensures the survival of the business, and is "ultimately also in the workers' interest". Minister Teo said this in response to a series of questions by MP Yip Hon Weng this week, in which he asked for an update on the review of vaccination policies at workplaces with high risk of exposure; and details on redeployment/dismissal should an employee not vaccinated. >> Read more Digital Twin 1/1: Digital twin technology can open up vast new possibilities In 2014, Singapore launched Virtual Singapore - a digital representation of the country. The digital representation, or twin, can help government agencies collaborate, test-bed new technology, and support policy decisions, within a true-to-life model of the city. What is perhaps less known is that digital twins are opening up new possibilities, not just for government applications, but also for other sectors like facilities management, manufacturing and transportation. It is time for business leaders to familiarise themselves with the idea of digital twins, the applications for business, and consider whether a digital twin is right for their organisation. >> Read more Sustainability 1/1: Supporting SMEs in their journey towards building a sustainable business Small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) must be part of the conversation regarding sustainability. After all, they are the “drivers of green and inclusive growth”, according to a 2018 white paper by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Shouldering equal responsibility towards the economic, social and natural environments as large corporations, SMEs are a force to be reckoned with, especially since they make up 99 per cent of Singapore’s enterprises.  >> Read more © All Rights Reserved Our Warmest Regards, ASPRI Secretariat admin@aspri.com.sg

News Recap - 27 Mar to 05 Apr

05 Apr 2021
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Covid-19 1/2: MOM unveils onboarding centre for new migrant workers; COVID-19 jabs to begin at 30 dorms The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) unveiled on Friday (Mar 26) a one-stop centre in Punggol for new migrant workers to complete their stay-home notice, get the necessary medical examination as well as the support to settle in. Located at a quick build dormitory, the pilot onboarding centre in Punggol has been operational since Mar 15, receiving incoming migrant workers from the construction, marine and process sector. There are three other centres in Eunos and Tengah.   >> Read more   2/2: 30,000 more migrant workers across 30 dorms to receive jabs About 30,000 migrant workers across 30 dormitories are scheduled to get their first Covid-19 jabs in the coming weeks, as the vaccination exercise for dormitory residents moves into its next phase. Second Minister for Manpower Tan See Leng said yesterday that the first phase has been completed, with 97 per cent of about 9,000 eligible workers receiving their first doses. Rolled out two weeks ago, it targeted 10,000 residents in five of the largest purpose-built worker dormitories here. The jabs were administered on-site at the dorms' medical centres, and the residents will get their second shots next month.   >> Read more Ministries of Manpower & Finance 1/4: 130,000 locals hired by 27,000 firms under Jobs Growth Incentive in 3 months The Jobs Growth Incentive (JGI) helped 27,000 firms to hire 130,000 local workers over three months, said the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in its latest Jobs Situation Report on Wednesday (Mar 31). The wage subsidy scheme encourages companies to hire more Singaporeans and permanent residents amid the COVID-19 economic fallout. It was first announced in August last year and meant to last for five months, before being given an additional S$5.2 billion boost in Budget 2021 and extended until September. >> Read more   2/4: Levies for S Pass and work permit holders waived during SHN Foreign worker levies for S Pass and work permit holders, including those for foreign domestic workers, will be waived for their stay-home notice (SHN) period from January to September this year, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said yesterday. This is to help employers manage the increased costs associated with the Government's updated measures to reduce the risk of importing Covid-19 into the community, the ministry said in a statement. Employers with workers serving their SHN from March to September will not be required to pay levies for the duration that their workers are on SHN, said MOM. >> Read more   3/4: Delay in Jobs Support Scheme payout for 5,500 employers to end-April The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) and Ministry of Finance (MOF) have announced a delay in the March 2021 Jobs Support Scheme (JSS) payouts, for about 5,500 employers. In a joint statement on Thursday (25 March 2021), IRAS and MOF said these payouts will be delayed to end-April 2021, pending a reconciliation by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) on firms' re-opening dates used in the computation of JSS payouts. All affected employers will be notified via letters and emails, and can check on the updates via this link. More information will be provided following the completion of the reconciliation. >> Read more   4/4: MOM warns against fraudulent work injury claims Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower is sounding the alarm against workers who are found rorting the work injury compensation system. The programme is designed to give employees a faster and more cost-efficient alternative to securing compensation for work-related injuries. “Making a fraudulent [Work Injury Compensation] claim is not only an abuse of investigative resources, but also an objectionable act of deceit. As such, all errant claimants will be taken to task,” the MOM said in a recent advisory. According to Singapore employment law, the MOM said, workers convicted of making fraudulent claims “may be fined up to $15,000 and/or jailed up to 12 months, while those convicted of furnishing false information to the Commissioner or an investigation officer may be fined up to $5,000 and/or jailed up to six months”. >> Read more Human Resources 1/1: How to avoid being discriminatory in online job ads Organisations are increasingly leveraging online platforms to reach out to potential candidates (e.g. organisation websites, career portals, social media, etc.) in addition to traditional channels such as newspapers and posters on shopfronts. Likewise, searching for jobs online has also become the most common mode among local professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs), and this is also gaining popularity amongst the non-PMET job seekers. Regardless of the platform used, all job advertisements must adhere to the Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices (TGFEP). Here are 3Cs to help you write a fair job advertisement: CRAFT job requirements based on qualifications, skills, knowledge, and experience CHECK for words or phrases that could be perceived as discriminatory CONFRONT your blind spots >> Read more Workplace Safety & Health 1/1: Ten Tips for Improving Warehouse Safety Driven by online commerce, the pace of activity in industrial and commercial facilities has increased dramatically to keep up with consumer expectations. As this pace accelerates, it is critical that safety doesn’t get left behind—particularly in traditionally dangerous workplaces like warehouses and distribution centers. Fortunately, a number of new solutions have emerged to help them achieve that. By investing in the appropriate equipment and technology, companies can reduce risk and help ensure employees return safely to their families every night, which should be a top priority for any organization. We’ll take a look at 10 of the most significant. They are: Prevent Back-Over Accidents Verify from Inside the Loading Dock Install Safety Lights Prevent Trailer Separation Accidents Program-in Safe Operating Procedures Keep Docks Dry Safety Barriers at Dock Openings Dual Reciprocating Barriers Motion Sensors Use Data to Diminish Risk >> Read more

News Recap - 20 Mar to 26 Mar

26 Mar 2021
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Covid-19 1/1: Foreign workers may not return to Singapore in same numbers as before, say economists It could take longer for skilled foreign workers to return to Singapore, and possibly in smaller numbers, compared to past recoveries from recessions, said economists following the release of the Labour Market Report 2020 last week.   The report, released by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), said that while Singapore saw the sharpest fall in total employment in more than 20 years, foreigners bore the brunt of the layoffs. Maybank Kim Eng’s regional co-head of macro research, Dr Chua Hak Bin, said that the jobs situation for foreigners may not be a flash in the pan. "Stricter foreign worker measures and border controls will likely impede the hiring of foreign workers, even for the skilled segment. There is a structural element, not just cyclical, as policies shift towards reducing the reliance on foreign labour," he told CNA.   >> Read more Ministry of Manpower 1/4: Adecco Personnel is first employment agency picked as SGUnited Jobs and Skills placement partner Adecco Personnel has been picked as the first employment agency to be an SGUnited Jobs and Skills placement partner to provide job seekers with professional career-matching services. The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and Workforce Singapore (WSG) announced the appointment in a statement on Monday (March 22). Having placement partners for the SGUnited Jobs and Skills programme "complements the Government's existing job-matching efforts and augments overall placement capacity", said MOM and WSG. Selected employment agencies that have shown their ability to hire fairly will be appointed as placement partners to help Singaporean and permanent resident job seekers find opportunities under the SGUnited Jobs and Skills programme, they added. >> Read more   2/4: Spike in workplace injuries sparks renewed call for more vigilance A sharp increase in the number of workplace injuries late last year has prompted the authorities to renew calls for greater vigilance. While the number of work-related deaths and injuries overall fell in 2020 due to the suspension of workplace activities in the middle of the year, the injury rate in the final three months of the year returned to pre-pandemic levels. Releasing annual statistics on workplace safety and health on Friday (March 19), the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said it had conducted more than 1,000 inspections between December and this month and found safety breaches at more than half the workplaces checked. "The escalating injury rate in late 2020 and the spate of accidents in February 2021 is cause for concern," MOM said, urging firms not to neglect workplace safety as they balance project deadlines and manpower constraints. >> Read more   3/4: 3 companies issued stop-work orders over 'significant risk' of combustible dust explosions Three companies were issued stop-work orders after they were found to have inadequate control measures, despite "significant risk" of combustible dust explosions, said the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and the Workplace Safety and Health Council on Friday (Mar 19). This comes after an explosion and fire at Stars Engrg in Tuas last month killed three people and injured another seven workers. An inquiry committee was convened to look into the causes and circumstances that led to the accident. MOM has also stepped up inspections that targeted 500 companies working with combustible dust that could pose similar risks, with half of them inspected so far. >> Read more   4/4: 2 workers jailed for making false work injury claims Two workers have been convicted of making fake work injury compensation claims, including an Indian national who rehearsed a planned fall down a flight of stairs. Singh Arshdeep, who was employed by Enlighten Furniture in Loyang Way, had claimed that he injured his fingers, left shoulder, back and left knee after falling backwards down a flight of stairs while carrying a wooden box as part of his work duties, said the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) yesterday. While looking at footage from the company's closed-circuit television cameras, MOM investigators found that Singh had rehearsed the fall before the supposed accident. >> Read more Human Resources 1/3: How Singapore's new labour laws (work passes for DP holders, Tech.Pass, and more) will impact employers In recent months, the Singapore government has made a number of changes to employment policy, which have been backed up by highly publicised enforcement actions. The naming of a firm that was prosecuted for not fairly considering local candidates and curtailment of work pass application privileges for 47 employers in August 2020 show the risks for employers that don’t comply with the latest regulations. The common thread behind both trends is the government’s push to provide better jobs for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents, with an added emphasis on the employment of older workers. As a result, businesses with employees in Singapore may need to adapt their hiring strategies to keep ahead of any potential issues. >> Read more   2/3: Singapore to allow up to 75% of employees to be in office from 5 April 2021 The tripartite partners recently reviewed the safe management measures at workplaces to allow for more employees to return to workplaces in Singapore. This comes as a result of local community cases remaining low in the past month, and the steady progress of the vaccination programme. According to a press release by the Ministry of Health (MOH), the updated requirements will take effect from 5 April 2021. For employers and workplaces, this means a shift away from working-from-home as a default to a more flexible and hybrid way of working.  From 5 April 2021, up to 75% of the employees (who are presently able to work from home) can now be at the workplace at any one time, up from the current 50%. The current cap on the time an employee spends at the workplace will also be lifted. >> Read more   3/3: L&D enters a new era of learning and employee development With the acceleration of the digital transformation just one of the many changes the pandemic has brought forth, many organisations have been compelled to rethink many of their strategies, systems and processes. Reskilling and upskilling through continuous learning has become a priority, even as leading organisations have embraced new technology, tools and mindsets to enhance employee effectiveness and engagement. >> Read more

News Recap - 13 Mar to 19 Mar

12 Mar 2021
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COVID-19 1/1: Vaccination: What’s HR’s role in managing employees? Since the vaccine program is a public health initiative in Singapore, both Dr Low Kiang Wei, medical director at International SOS, and Lee Quane, regional director – Asia at ECA International agreed that HR has a crucial role to support employees as well as efforts around vaccinations. They both shared the following suggestions for HR to help manage the ongoing exercise: HR should enable flexibility at all levels HR should communicate and educate HR must remain impartial HR must remain inclusive >> Read more Ministry of Manpower 1/4: Over 10,000 employers in Singapore received jobs support in 2020 Over 10,000 employers from different sectors received help in hiring staff or transforming jobs in 2020, marking a 45% increase from 2019, said the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and Workforce Singapore (WSG).  Of the employers that received help, about 90% of these were SMEs. The help offered by WSG includes outreach activities, expanding career conversion programmes, and introducing job transformation programmes to help businesses meet changing manpower needs. >> Read more   2/4: Anxiety grows among foreign spouses due to MOM’s rule change for dependant’s pass holders The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) had announced earlier this month that DP holders, who are family members of foreigners working here, will need to obtain formal work passes from May 1 if they want to work in Singapore. Those who are now working under a letter of consent (LOC) can continue working until its expiry, which is typically between one and two years, depending on the length of the DP as well as the validity of their spouse’s work pass. In announcing the rule change, the MOM had said that it is intended to harmonise the employment rules for DP holders with the overall work pass framework, and that it will facilitate employers and staff to transit to the new arrangement. >> Read more   3/4: Steepest decline in employment, with foreigners most affected The number of workers employed fell last year in the sharpest decline in more than two decades, with foreigners bearing the brunt of the contraction, but the labour market is turning the corner. The latest manpower data from the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) yesterday showed that nonresidents accounted for all of the employment decline last year. Meanwhile, resident employment, comprising Singaporeans and permanent residents, rebounded to slightly above pre-Covid-19 levels by the year end. >> Read more   4/4: MES Group of firms, 5 directors face charges over employment offences Three companies and their five directors were charged yesterday with making false salary and employment declarations in work pass applications. They are also facing charges over illegally employing foreigners without valid work passes and making employees work excessive overtime. In all, the companies and directors are facing 553 charges under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act and the Employment Act, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said yesterday. >> Read more Human Resources 1/1: How to avoid legal problems when recruiting The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is enforcing stricter practices to stamp out biased hiring practices, including making amendments to the Fair Consideration Framework, increasing scrutiny over recruitment agencies and general employment practices, as well as doling out stiffer penalties for discriminatory employers. During a Singapore HR & employment law virtual forum organised by Claris True, and attended by HRD, Goh Seow Hui, partner at Bird & Bird LLP advised leaders to put in place a more “rigorous” hiring process to ensure a fairer hiring system and avoid any legal scrutiny by MOM. This involves closely managing the process right from the start, when you’re deciding who you need for the job role in terms of aptitude and culture fit, to keeping detailed documentation of your entire candidate assessment process. >> Read more © All Rights Reserved Our Warmest Regards, ASPRI Secretariat admin@aspri.com.sg

News Recap - 06 Mar to 12 Mar

12 Mar 2021
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Covid-19 1/2: 10,000 migrant workers living in dormitories to get Covid-19 vaccine jab Migrant workers who have not been infected with Covid-19 will be getting their vaccine jabs, starting Friday (March 12) with 10,000 workers from five of the biggest dormitories. This comes as the authorities ease restrictions on recreation time for workers, permitting them more and longer visits to recreation centres, and with plans to allow visits to the community, once a month, in the future. The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said: "When a large majority of dorm residents are recovered workers or vaccinated and the risk of transmission in dormitories is greatly reduced, we can ease further." >> Read more   2/2: Vaccination drive brought forward for all seniors in S'pore The nation's Covid-19 vaccination drive has been brought forward for all seniors, and will also be extended to more high-risk groups and essential workers, including teachers, reporters and migrant workers. The programme can be accelerated because more supplies of the vaccine have arrived, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) yesterday. Vaccines are seen as the crucial next step to fighting the pandemic, which continues to rage around the world. >> Read more Ministry of Manpower 1/1: 63 employers failed to pay medical bills of migrant workers between 2016 and 2020 Between 2016 and 2020, there were 63 cases of employers not paying the medical bills of their migrant workers, said Senior Minister of State for Manpower Zaqy Mohamad on Monday (March 8). He added that for the vast majority of these substantiated cases, employers paid up shortly after administrative actions were taken by the Ministry of Manpower. The remainder were prosecuted under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act. >> Read more Human Resources 1/2: MOM launches digital tool to combat workplace stress Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower is tackling mental and emotional distress in the workplace with the launch of an online tool designed to identify variables affecting employee well-being. MOM introduced the new resource amid a worsening mental health crisis across the world. The technology, dubbed iWorkHealth, uses a self-administered psychosocial health questionnaire which employees must complete in one session. The responses, later presented as aggregate data, should enable employers to gain insights into the well-being of their workforce. >> Read more   2/2: Can technology enable an inclusive L&D experience? Fei Siong Group, a casual dining company with over 15 F&B brands in Singapore, is tapping on technology to upskill their majority dialect-speaking, senior frontline workforce. Fei Siong’s leadership team decided to partner with homegrown mobile learning firm ArcLab to digitise the training sessions and ensure tailored modules to accommodate individual employee’s work schedules as well as language barriers. However, helping workers transition to a digital platform wasn’t easy at first, said Elaine Siow, head of learning and development at Fei Siong Group. The mobile nano-learning modules, however, managed to simplify the learning process and allow the majority of their staff to complete their training “without being inundated by the change”. >> Read more Workplace Safety & Health 1/2: 11 fatalities in February; WSH Council calls upon industry for a Safety Time-Out 2021 saw 11 fatal workplace accidents occurring in the month of February alone, more than double as compared to the same month in 2020. Three cases were from the construction sector, three from manufacturing, two from logistics & transport, one from marine and two from other workplaces. Mr John Ng, Chairman of the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Council expressed his concern, “I am gravely concerned with the spate of 11 fatal workplace accidents that is unprecedented. WSH ownership must be ingrained at every level from management to worker so that a culture of safe work practices can be inculcated at the workplace. I call on all employers to carry out a Safety Time-Out to take stock of the existing safety provisions and implement necessary control measures, and encourage every employee to report unsafe conditions and near-misses to prevent the next incident from occurring.” >> Read more   2/2: Launch of CheckSafe e-Service on MOM Website The Ministry of Manpower has launched a new e-Service called ‘CheckSafe’ on 21 January 2021. This online tool allows developers, contractors and members of the public to check and compare construction companies’ safety track records, and to make more informed selections of contractors and partners based on their Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) performance. >> Read more © All Rights Reserved Our Warmest Regards, ASPRI Secretariat admin@aspri.com.sg

News Recap - 27 Feb to 05 Mar

05 Mar 2021
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Covid-19 1/1: Newly arrived migrant workers can serve bulk of SHN in Quick Build Dorms Newly arrived migrant workers in the construction, marine and process sectors will be able to serve the bulk of their stay-home notice (SHN) period in Quick Build Dormitories (QBDs), under a new onboarding process that will be piloted by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM). From March 15, these work permit and S Pass holders arriving from higher-risk countries and regions will serve SHN for four days in hotels while waiting for the results of Covid-19 tests that they have to take upon arrival in Singapore, instead of 14 days in hotels currently. If they clear these tests, they will be sent to these QBDs - which have better living standards than existing dorms - to serve out the rest of their quarantine period, the MOM announced on Wednesday (March 3). >> Read more Ministry of Manpower 1/2: Dependant's pass holders who want to work have to apply for work passes from May   Dependant's pass (DP) holders will soon have to secure a work pass instead of a letter of consent if they want to work in Singapore, the Ministry of Manpower said on Wednesday (Mar 3). The move is to align the requirements with other foreigners working in Singapore, the ministry said in a factsheet. Companies that hire DP holders will therefore have to comply with the conditions for hiring foreign workers, including the relevant qualifying salary, quotas and levies. From May 1, DP holders will have to apply for an applicable work pass such as an Employment Pass, S Pass or work permit rather than the letter of consent that they currently use. Those working on a letter of consent will be allowed to continue working until its expiry. After that, employers will need to apply for a work pass. >> Read more   2/2: About 400 cases of employment discrimination investigated per year in past 3 years   An average of 50 employers have had their work pass privileges suspended in each of the last three years due to employment discrimination. Of these, 60 per cent had involved discrimination based on nationality, Minister of State for Manpower Gan Siow Huang told Parliament on Thursday (March 4). Another one-third involved an equal split between gender and age discrimination, while the remaining cases involved other types of discrimination such as race, marital status or family responsibilities. >> Read more Digitalisation 1/1: New initiatives announced to help Singapore companies go digital A slew of new initiatives was announced on Tuesday (Mar 2) as part of efforts to help Singapore businesses in their digitalisation journeys.   In announcing the initiatives, Minister for Communications and Information S Iswaran noted that Singapore’s digital future is fortified by a number of things including “competitive enterprises that leverage digital technologies to innovate and grow”. He also highlighted how, because of the pandemic, many traditional brick-and-mortar businesses have pivoted towards hybrid online-offline models to engage and transact with consumers.   Among the initiatives that were announced was a new Chief Technology Officer (CTO)-as-a-Service scheme that will include a one-stop, self-help tool for small-and-medium-enterprises (SMEs) to assess their digital needs and gaps, said Mr Iswaran. >> Read more Human Resources 1/2:  The top five drivers of employee engagement in Singapore and Thailand While engagement played a huge role in employees' intent to stay in a company across both countries, the top drivers differed - with a sense of belonging leading the way in Singapore, and pride in the team's work taking the top spot in Thailand.   In terms of the top drivers of employee engagement, both Singapore and Thailand differed in their factors. For example, while a sense of belonging was the top driver in Singapore, "pride in the work my team delivers" took that spot in Thailand.   Top 5 Drivers of Employee Engagement Singapore: Creating a sense of belonging; Continually improving ways of working; Confidence in senior leadership; Managers role modelling effective collaboration with other teams; Effective collaboration between teams. >> Read more   2/2: Managers, are you doing a good job at ensuring remote workers feel visible? With most of us still working remotely to a certain extent, a new relationship developing between managers and employees. This new relationship comes with its upsides and downsides. While it provides employees flexibility, and allows managers to exercise a more hands-off approach; it also makes it tougher for employees to get noticed and for managers to keep an eye on everything going on. In fact, a recent survey by Joblist found that the average time employees went without speaking to their managers (6.1 days) and fellow co-workers (5.4 days) were quite lengthy. It also revealed less than one in seven employees felt their manager is doing a good job at making them feel visible and connected.  >> Read more Workplace Safety & Health 1/3: MOM inspecting 500 firms that may have combustible dust hazards after Tuas fire   Inspections have started on close to 500 companies that may have combustible dust hazards following the Tuas industrial fire, said Senior Minister of State for Manpower Zaqy Mohamad on Wednesday (March 3). To ensure better workplace safety and health, MOM will also be releasing a framework later this year that emphasises safety performance for public sector construction tenders. This means that safer companies will have better access to business opportunities, said Mr Zaqy during the debate of the Ministry of Manpower's (MOM) budget in Parliament.  >> Read more   2/3: Inquiry committee to be set up to probe Tuas blast   An inquiry committee will investigate Wednesday's explosion at a Tuas factory that has killed three workers so far and left five others still in critical condition. Announcing the inquiry yesterday - the first for a workplace accident sin

News Recap - 20 Feb to 26 Feb

26 Feb 2021
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Covid-19 1/1: Over 8,600 fines, totalling over $2.5m, issued for breach of Covid-19 safety measures From April to December last year, over 8,600 fines - totalling more than $2.5 million - were meted out to people who did not follow safe distancing and safe management measures and who did not wear masks. From April to December last year,  more than 6,900 fines were meted out to individuals who did not follow safe distancing and safe management measures. During this same period, more than 1,700 fines were imposed on those who did not wear masks, the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment (MSE) told The Sunday Times. >> Read more Ministry of Manpower 1/1: 25,000 job seekers found work through public career matching services last year Close to 25,000 individuals secured jobs last year through the help of the Government's career matching services, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said on Friday (Feb 19). This is 25 per cent more than the number of job seekers who landed jobs through these services in 2019. Six in 10 of the 25,000 were professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMETs), the ministry said in its latest Jobs Situation Report.  >> Read more Human Resources 1/3: askST: How to avoid mental health discrimination when hiring Mental health issues are rising, not least with the health, financial and psychological stresses brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. In October last year, several mental health clinicians and service providers told The Straits Times that more people in Singapore had been seeking help for mental health issues amid the virus outbreak. To help those battling this silent disease, there needs to be more support and awareness of it — not just at home but in the workplace too. >> Read more   2/3:  80% of remote professionals have experienced workplace conflict Conflict, in general, isn't something unheard of in the workplace. After all, when you have diverse groups of people together, it’s certain that there will be disagreements stemming from different perspectives. But now that most of us are working remotely, how does workplace conflict look like? According to a survey by MyPerfectResume, 80% of remote professionals have experienced workplace conflict. >> Read more   3/3:  Are you neglecting your remote employees? A study that was conducted early last year found that almost eight in 10 leaders feel ill-equipped to deliver a ‘great’ employee experience strategy. This is despite their understanding of its real impact on productivity and the business bottom line. Almost all leaders – over 90% – believe creating a positive experience is important. However, just under half (44%) said they’re currently working on improving the experience across key stages in the employee lifecycle.   Delivering on employee experience, however, requires greater effort in closing gaps between strategy, measurement, and delivery, based on the Kincentric study. Meanwhile, the organisations (28%) that led by example counted themselves successful because they took an agile approach to all three stages to realise a ‘great employee experience’. >> Read more Workplace Safety & Health 1/3: Accident Advisory: Worker caught in-between boom lift and roof structure On 23 November 2020, a worker was raising the work platform of a boom lift when he was caught between the guardrail of the boom lift and a roofing structural member. The injured worker was subsequently extricated and pronounced dead at the scene by attending paramedics. >> Read more   2/3: Accident Advisory: Worker found with upper body in pipe On 24 November 2020, a worker was tasked to carry out arc welding on a pipe. To facilitate welding works, an inert gas was earlier introduced into the pipe. The worker was subsequently found unconscious with his upper body inside the opening of an adjoining pipe. The worker was conveyed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. >> Read more   3/3: Accident Advisory: Fatal accident during machine repair On 2 December 2020, two workers were repairing a machine when its platen suddenly descended on one of the workers. The worker was pronounced dead at the scene by attending paramedics. >> Read more © All Rights Reserved

News Recap - 12 Feb to 19 Feb

19 Feb 2021
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Ref No: 190221 (2) UEN: S97SS0046G Dear , News Recap - 12 Feb to 19 Feb Key highlights from last week's news on Human Resources and Digitalisation below. HUMAN  RESOURCES 1/2: Key Highlights of Singapore Budget 2021 for HR & Employees A S$700 million extension to the Jobs Support Scheme (JSS), deeper investments in businesses, and more - these are some of the things HR, employers and employees can anticipate in the next few years, as part of Singapore's Budget 2021 initiatives. Key highlights for HR and employers to note are summarised below: Extended JSS, relief for worst-hit sectors, support for developing skilled human capital Extended support for Venture Debt programme, co-funding efforts for mature enterprises, and more >> Read more   2/2: Singapore government to help tackle employee challenges amid crisis Our government is creating four new public interest groups whose programmes purpose is to improve work/life harmony and provide Singaporeans with greater access to technology in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) announced.   The groups will form part of the Alliances for Action network of stakeholders, which were created in response to the challenges of work and socio-civic life in the pandemic. Ideas for the newly formed alliances were obtained from discussions and surveys with nearly 17,000 Singaporeans. The launch of the new groups brings the total number of alliances to 15.   The Ministry of Manpower (MON) will take charge of establishing the alliance focusing on work/life harmony. MOM will coordinate with employers, workers and other stakeholders on resources for enhancing their workplace experiences. The group will also assign ambassadors who can speak to the realities of working amid the global health crisis. >> Read more DIGITALISATION 1/1: Local companies can access co-funding schemes to transform, digitalise The Government will provide local companies with a series of avenues to access capital they may need to innovate, transform and scale up their businesses.   "To catalyse the flow of capital and bridge market gaps, the Government will step up risk-sharing arrangements with providers of capital, and provide grants to support businesses at various stages of growth," Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said on Tuesday (Feb 16).   To ensure that high-growth companies, including start-ups, have access to financial capital, the Venture Debt programme will be extended and enhanced - with an increase in the cap on loan quantum support from S$5 million to S$8 million.   For more mature companies, including small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the Government will co-fund their plans to adopt digital solutions and new technologies. >> Read more © All Rights Reserved Our Warmest Regards, ASPRI Secretariat admin@aspri.com.sg Copyright © 2021 ASPRI, All rights reserved. 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News Recap - 06 Feb to 11 Feb

11 Feb 2021
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View this email in your browser Ref No: 110221 (1) UEN: S97SS0046G Dear , News Recap - 06 Feb to 11 Feb Key highlights from last week's news on Covid-19, Ministry of Manpower, Human Resources and Workplace Safety below. Covid-19 1/4: 140 firms told to stop operations after Covid-19 safety breaches Close to 140 firms were told to cease on-site operations after serious breaches of Covid-19 workplace safe management measures. Over 280 firms were fined for failing to adhere to the measures, after an inspection of more than 36,000 workplaces since last March, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said in a Facebook post yesterday. In response to queries from The Sunday Times, an MOM spokesman said: "The most common violation seen was companies having a high percentage of employees reporting to the workplace for extended periods, despite them being able to perform their work from home." >> Read more   2/4: Getting more than recommended dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine unlikely to be harmful: MOH Receiving more than the recommended dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is unlikely to be harmful, said Singapore's Ministry of Health (MOH) on Saturday (Feb 6), citing clinical trial data from the two pharmaceutical companies. This comes after an employee from the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) was wrongly administered the equivalent of five doses of the vaccine due to a human error. “Clinical trial data from Pfizer-BioNTech has indicated that receiving more than the recommended dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is unlikely to be harmful. The affected staff is well, and did not have any adverse reaction or side effects,” said MOH in response to CNA’s queries. >> Read more   3/4: Govt will help SMEs build innovative capacity to face post-pandemic challenges: Chan Chun Sing  The Government will support the growth of local manufacturers by helping them build their capacity to innovate and ride the next wave of growth, said Singapore's Minister for Trade and Industry Mr Chan Chun Sing. On a visit to Sanwa Plastic's Woodland factory on Monday (Feb 8), Mr Chan said local companies need to look beyond price competitiveness and develop a niche for themselves so that they will not be easily displaced in the global supply chain. The minister described the various Government initiatives and schemes to help local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), like Sanwa, innovate their products and processes, accessing larger markets beyond Singapore and developing their talents. >> Read more   4/4: Malaysian man who left hostel 4 times while on SHN has Singapore PR status revoked A man who was convicted of leaving his hostel multiple times during his stay-home notice (SHN) has been stripped of his permanent residence (PR) status. "Singapore permanent residents who have been convicted of an offence will have their PR status reviewed by the ICA. In the case of Mr Chong Tet Choe, ICA has revoked his PR status on Feb 4," the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said in a statement on Friday (Feb 5). Chong, a Malaysian, is the first to have his PR status revoked for breaching Covid-19 rules. >> Read more Ministry of Manpower 1/4: New alliance aims to help improve work-life balance The past year of working from home may have meant more flexibility for employees, but it did not always translate into better work-life balance, something a new private-public alliance wants to change. Spearheaded by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and its tripartite partners, and comprising employees, employers as well as other stakeholders, the alliance wants to have an army of Work-Life Ambassadors and Communities of Practice, who will fan out to shift attitudes among people and in sectors that have typically found it hard to implement flexible work arrangements. It has already recruited more than 100 members, and plans to launch its initiatives by the first quarter of the year. >> Read more   2/4: 110,000 locals hired in first two months of jobs scheme More than 110,000 local job seekers were hired by 26,000 firms under a government scheme that subsidises wages, in the first two months of its implementation. This was double the 50,000 or so who were employed during the inaugural month of the Jobs Growth Incentive (JGI) scheme last September, according to preliminary estimates. About half of them were aged 40 and above, said the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) yesterday. Top hiring sectors under the JGI include: Food Services (17,800) Wholesale Trade (9,800) Professional Services (8,400) Retail (7,000) Construction (7,000) >> Read more   3/4: 540,000 people, 14,000 businesses benefited from SkillsFuture initiatives last year About 540,000 individuals and 14,000 enterprises benefited from SkillsFuture Singapore-supported initiatives in 2020, the agency said on Tuesday (Feb 9). This in an increase from the 500,000 individuals and 14,000 companies who benefited in 2019. More than 188,000 Singaporeans also utilised their SkillsFuture credit last year, up from about 156,000 in 2019. A survey from the Training Quality and Outcomes Measurement system showed that SkillsFuture-funded training continued to “receive positive response” last year. About 87 per cent of the 57,000 respondents said they were able to perform their work better after undergoing such training, a slight improvement from 86 per cent in 2019. >> Read more   4/4: Raise CPF rates for older workers in 2022 as planned: NTUC The National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) is calling for increases to Central Provident Fund (CPF) contribution rates for senior workers to take effect from Jan 1, 2022 - as planned. NTUC also recommends following through on plans to raise the statutory retirement age from 62 to 63 and the re-employment age ceiling from 67 to 68. Both changes are planned for July 1, 2022. These changes were first announced in 2019, on the recommendation of a tripartite workgroup on older workers. To help businesses manage costs amid Covid-19, the government deferred the increases in CPF contribution rates (initially planned for Jan 1, 2021) by one year. Now, NTUC is calling on the government to follow through on this revised timeline without further delay. >> Read more Human Resources

News Recap - 30 Jan to 05 Feb

05 Feb 2021
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View this email in your browser Ref No: 050221 (1) UEN: S97SS0046G Dear , News Recap - 30 Jan to 05 Feb Key highlights from last week's news on Covid-19, Digitalisation and Cybersecurity below. Covid-19 1/4: Singapore adds seven-day testing regime for newly-arrived CMP foreign workers Singapore will impose an additional seven-day testing regime to all newly arrived workers in the Construction, Marine and Process (CMP) sectors from higher-risk countries or regions after completing their 14-day stay-home notice (SHN) from 5 February. The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said the new requirement, which will apply to Work Permit and S Pass holders, is aimed to further reduce the risk of transmission from newly arrived migrant workers into the workplace. To be served at a designated facility, MOM said the new requirement will also apply to workers who have yet to complete their 14-day SHN on 5 February. This requirement has been in place for newly arrived CMP foreign workers living in dormitories since 6 January. >> Read more   2/4: 42 firms in Singapore fined for breaching Covid-19 safety rules More firms have been penalised for failing to adhere to workplace safe management measures despite repeated calls to make working from home the default and to ensure safe distancing at the office. Between Sept 28 last year - when the measures were last eased - and Jan 15, there were 42 employers fined for such lapses, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) told The Straits Times. The most common violations were firms getting their employees to report to the office although they could work from home, and for failing to put clear safe distancing markers in common areas at the workplace. >> Read more   3/4: Migrant workers in higher-risk dorms to get Covid-19 vaccines first  Migrant workers in dormitories will be vaccinated by the end of this year, the same timeline as for the rest of Singapore, Second Minister for Manpower Tan See Leng said in Parliament on Monday (Feb 1). The workers - among the priority groups for vaccination - will be vaccinated based on the risk level of the dorms they reside in, with those at higher risk to go first, said Dr Tan. >> Read more   4/4: $13.8 billion spent by Singapore Govt on Covid-19 response operations  A total of $13.8 billion was allocated for Covid-19 response operations by the Government in last year's budget, including $10 billion for medical and emergency operations and supplies, said Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat on Monday (Feb 1). In a written reply to a question filed by Non-Constituency MP Leong Mun Wai, Mr Heng said the $10 billion was for expenditure that included the expansion of testing capacity, clinical management of Covid-19 patients, and for building contact tracing capabilities. The sum, allocated to the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Trade and Industry, was also used to secure critical medical and emergency supplies such as personal protective equipment. >> Read more Digitalisation 1/1: How to sustain a digital way of working in 2021 Amidst all the chatter around 2020’s accelerated pace of change, Rob Wells, president for Asia at Workday said something that isn’t spoken about enough: “It’s amazing how everybody has adapted in 2020.” He found it to be one of the most “stunning things” to watch as employees and leaders at all levels were forced to get used to a digital way of working – something discussed in theory as a ‘future of work’, but rarely applied in full as organisations saw pushback from leaders or resistance from staff. Leaders were especially forced to adopt flexible ways of working and accept the fact that workers can still be productive, if allowed to work remotely. >> Read more Cybersecurity 1/1: Cybersecurity – a collective responsibility and business enabler There is no doubt COVID-19 has exponentially increased the speed and magnitude of digital adoption. Globally, six in ten c-suite executives said that their organisations had accelerated their digital transformation due to the pandemic. However, the massive transformation has not only rapidly expanded digital attack surfaces and introduced new vulnerabilities; it has spurred threat actors to double down on exploiting the situation.  >> Read more © All Rights Reserved Our Warmest Regards, ASPRI Secretariat admin@aspri.com.sg Copyright © 2021 ASPRI, All rights reserved. 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News Recap - 23 Jan to 29 Jan

29 Jan 2021
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View this email in your browser Ref No: 290121 (1) UEN: S97SS0046G Dear , News Recap - 23 Jan to 29 Jan Key highlights from last week's news on COVID-19, Ministry of Manpower, Sustainability and Human Resources below. COVID-19 1/2: 8 ways CNY will be different this year The rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in the community and the formation of clusters over the last few weeks are a cause for concern, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Friday (Jan 22). This could indicate that there is wider, as yet undetected, community transmission, warned MOH as it announced new restrictions to prevent a resurgence in virus transmission. Here are eight things to note, especially during the Chinese New Year period: Keep to groups of eight Avoid physical visits as much as possible Keep masks on when not eating or drinking No shouting or cheering while tossing yusheng No Chinese New Year gatherings for companies Follow other prevailing rules when dining out Dragon dances and lion dances are prohibited Give e-hongbao >> Read more   2/2: Working from home to remain default arrangement to minimise Covid-19 risk: Tripartite partners Working from home should remain the default arrangement to minimise the risk of Covid-19 transmission at offices, the labour movement, employers' union and Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said on Friday (Jan 22). The Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF), National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and MOM said they jointly reviewed if there was a need to adjust safe management measures at the workplace after Singapore moved to phase 3 of its reopening last month, but decided it was safer to have people working from home. "With the higher risk of potentially more transmissible strains as well as recent trends in Covid-19 cases in the community (including at workplaces), the tripartite partners have decided to postpone any further adjustments to workplace safe management measures," the trio said in a joint statement. >> Read more Ministry of Manpower 1/2: S'pore resident employment up for two consecutive quarters: MOM Despite challenges posed by the pandemic, Singapore’s resident employment continued to rise while its unemployment rate fell. Retrenchments, too, dipped in the fourth quarter of last year, after rising for five straight quarters. While cautioning that recovery might be uneven this year and the momentum gathered by the labour market could potentially stall, Manpower Minister Josephine Teo said on Thursday (Jan 28): “Considering how disruptive the Covid-19 pandemic was at all levels and across all sectors of the economy, the fact that resident employment actually managed some modest growth is something that we are very encouraged about." >> Read more   2/2: 50,000 locals hired in first month of Jobs Growth Incentive scheme last year: MOM More than 50,000 local workers were hired under the Jobs Growth Incentive in September last year, one month after the scheme launched, said the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) on Saturday (Jan 23) in its 17th and latest Jobs Situation Report.  The Jobs Growth Incentive is a wage subsidy scheme introduced in August aimed at encouraging firms to hire more locals in response to the COVID-19 economic fallout. According to the ministry’s preliminary estimates, about half of the 50,000 local hires were aged 40 and over. The top hiring sectors were: Food services (7,700 local hires), wholesale trade (4,600), professional services (4,000), construction (3,300) and education (3,000). >> Read more Sustainability 1/1: Collaboration needed for sustainability efforts: Grace Fu Collaboration between government agencies, the community and financiers will be needed for Singapore to move closer towards carbon neutrality, Minister for Sustainability and the Environment Grace Fu said yesterday. She noted that as a small city-state, Singapore faces many challenges and constraints on sustainability efforts, such as the adoption of renewable energy sources. But this has forced the Republic to think out of the box, she said, adding that Singapore's small size also allows it certain advantages. >> Read more Human Resources 1/1: 10 workforce trends to look out for in 2021 The year 2021 has a lot on its shoulders, after the unprecedented changes 2020 has brought about. One thing's for sure - while we should never settle and should always expect the unexpected, each experience does make way for a new possible trend. On that note, a new report by Wunderman Thompson Intelligence, titled The Future 100: 2021, has identified 10 key workforce trends to keep a lookout for in 2021. They are: The rise of micropreneurs At-home empires become common Workcations may be the new in-thing Employees become activists The chief health officer joins the C-suite It's time for virtual-first HQs Gen Z careers shift in expectations Climate careers may be a game-changer Say hello to on-demand offices Preventing 'shecession' >> Read more © All Rights Reserved Our Warmest Regards, ASPRI Secretariat admin@aspri.com.sg Copyright © 2021 ASPRI, All rights reserved. (function(i,s,o,g,r,a,m){i['GoogleAnalyticsObject']=r;i[r]=i[r]||function(){ (i[r].q=i[r].q||[]).push(arguments)},i[r].l=1*new Date();a=s.createElement(o), m=s.getElementsByTagName(o)[0];a.async=1;a.src=g;m.parentNode.insertBefore(a,m) })(window,document,'script','https://www.google-analytics.com/analytics.js','ga'); ga('create', 'UA-329148-88', {'allowLinker': true}); ga('set', 'hostname', '.campaign-archive.com'); ga('send', 'pageview');

News Recap - 16 Jan to 22 Jan

22 Jan 2021
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Digitalisation 1/1: From Artificial Intelligence (AI) to cloud technology, these millennials reskilled to ride Singapore’s digitalisation wave While working as an engineer at electronics manufacturing company Infineon Technologies, Dr Pamela Lin realised that AI could aid in optimising production processes.  For example, when an equipment faces breakdown, technicians would usually troubleshoot to determine the cause of the malfunction before repairing the equipment. However, with AI, data can be used to forecast and analyse the failure, removing the need to troubleshoot so that technicians can focus on repair work. The potential of AI spurred Dr Lin to take up a master’s degree, despite already having spent 5years pursuing her higher level PhD in mechanical engineering from NTU. >> Read more   Workplace Safety & Health (WSH) 1/1: Launch of CheckSafe e-Service on MOM Website The Ministry of Manpower  (MOM) launched a new e-Service called ‘CheckSafe’ on 21 January 2021.   This online tool allows developers, contractors and members of the public to check and compare construction companies’ safety track records, and to make more informed selections of contractors and partners based on their Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) performance. >> Read more   Human Resources 1/2: Top 5: In-demand roles and skills across seven sectors in Singapore With the emergent of cross job roles as a trend in the future, apart from their fundamental skill sets, employers are increasingly wanting employees to have supplementary skills such as data analysis, project management, and more. According to NTUC LearningHub’s (NTUC LHUB) The New Normal of Sector Skills report, 71% of 367 business leaders (senior managers or directors and above) surveyed said they intend to hire candidates with broader skill sets in the future. Under Manufacturing (Energy and Chemicals) in-demand roles and skills: More than half of employers (57%) have reported the intention to hire new employees with the below skill sets. Top five technical roles: Engineering services quality control - 23% Electronics technical and engineering - 19% Engineering services operations and maintenance - 19% Engineering services engineering procurement - 17% Aerospace aircraft maintenance - 15% Top five technology skills: Data analysis - 44% Project management skills - 39% Basic IT support - 28% Data-driven decision-making skills - 28% Robotic process automation - 17% Top five adaptive skills: Innovation - 52% Design thinking - 46% Analytical reasoning and complex problem solving - 44% Creativity - 38% Leadership - 35% >> Read more   2/2: The future of work post COVID-19 – Is hybrid working the way forward? There’s no doubt that attitudes towards the ‘traditional office’ have changed. This has led many businesses to revaluate the purpose of their office space, with some suggesting that they are now faced with home working being presented as an expectation as opposed to a privilege, which for certain employees is carrying similar weight to the allure of a benefits package.  It’s obvious to see why home working has gained the favour of many over this past year, with benefits such as: Reduced overhead costs for companies Better work-life balance for those juggling young families Workers benefitting from ditching the rigmarole of the daily commute to and from the office >> Read more © All Rights Reserved Our Warmest Regards, ASPRI Secretariat admin@aspri.com.sg Copyright © 2021 ASPRI, All rights reserved. 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News Recap - 09 Jan to 15 Jan

15 Jan 2021
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View this email in your browser Ref No: 150121 (2) UEN: S97SS0046G Dear , News Recap - 09 Jan to 15 Jan Key highlights from last week's news on COVID-19, Manufacturing, Ministry of Manpower, Human Resources and Legal below. COVID-19 1/2: Over 6,200 people in Singapore received Covid-19 vaccine so far; 4 vaccination centres operational by end-Jan More than 6,200 people have received their first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine since Singapore kicked off its vaccination drive, with eight vaccination centres to be set up by the end of February, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said on Wednesday (Jan 13). This includes two centres at Changi Airport Terminal 4 and Raffles City Convention Centre that are already operational, as well as two more at the former Hong Kah Secondary School and Woodlands Galaxy Community Club that will be ready next week. Another four centres will be ready in February, and more centres will be progressively opened as Singapore expands its vaccination programme, added Mr Gan, who co-chairs the multi-ministry task force tackling Covid-19. >> Read more   2/2: Get vaccinated promptly, don't wait for preferred Covid-19 vaccine brand: Lawrence Wong People here should get vaccinated as soon as they are given the chance to do so, urged Education Minister and co-chair of Singapore's Covid-19 multi-ministry task force Lawrence Wong, as he cautioned against waiting for one's preferred vaccine choices. While the Government has made purchases and assured the public that there will be enough for everyone, there is uncertainty about the brand availability of vaccines, said Mr Wong on Wednesday (Jan 13). He added that there is no way of knowing when one's preferred brand might be available, but gave his assurance that Singapore's vaccines are safe. >> Read more Manufacturing 1/1: DuPont's new manufacturing plant will create high-skill jobs in Singapore A new manufacturing facility set up here by speciality chemicals company DuPont will create new high-skill manufacturing jobs in the energy and chemicals industry, said Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing on Wednesday (Jan 13). The enzyme-blending facility will also entrench Singapore in the global supply chain for a variety of products in health and the biosciences, said Mr Chan. Known as the Singapore Flexiblend plant, the facility will become operational in the second quarter of this year and produce customised biotechnology solutions for Asia Pacific, said DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences in a statement. >> Read more Ministry of Manpower 1/2: Singapore's unemployment rate dipped in Nov for first time in 2020 The unemployment rate for Singaporeans and permanent residents dipped slightly last November compared with the previous month, the first drop in 2020, figures from the Ministry of Manpower showed yesterday. The monthly resident unemployment rate for November was 4.6 per cent, an improvement from 4.8 per cent in October. The rate among citizens also improved slightly, from 4.9 per cent in October to 4.7 per cent in November. Overall, the unemployment rate was 3.3 per cent in November, compared with 3.6 per cent the previous month. >> Read more   2/2: Parliament updates: Workplace discrimination, PWM, and more After a recent parliament sitting, Ministry of Manpower (MOM) released a series of written responses on a couple of topics including workplace discrimination, the PWM framework, and Workfare Income Supplement. The key takeaways from this update: Minister for MOM, Josephine Teo, addressed the breakdown of the number of discrimination cases that the Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (TAFEP) has investigated She has also addressed the statistics of in-house cleaners (hired directly by companies), as well as if this segment can be included under the Progressive Wage Model (PWM) framework Lastly, she shared about the share of those earning below S$1,300 who receive the Workfare Income Supplement (WIS) >> Read more Human Resources 1/2: How to run virtual meetings that everyone enjoys attending Slow, awkward, tough to schedule: Virtual meetings have become a sore in business necessity, but one that we're all getting better at steadily.  So how can you take the pain out of video calls and make them as engaging and efficient as if they were face-to-face? The team at BusinessFinancing.co.uk created a visual guide to running successful virtual meetings, which covers: Five smart tips for scheduling your meeting How to create an effective virtual agenda (without overrunning) Techniques to keep everyone engaged during the meeting Six rules to nailing virtual meeting etiquette How to follow up afterwards to ensure progress isn't lost >> Read more   2/2: COVID-19: How the best workplaces stepped up In the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic, some sectors are now on their way to recovery while others are still struggling to pull through. But no matter their size or industry, organisations will be remembered for how they chose to handle the crisis and cared for their people. In Singapore, the best workplaces of 2020 represented a myraid of employers that are now acclimatising to change – from managing a hybrid workforce of frontline and work-from-home staff, to improving digital solutions to support consumers and employees sheltering at home.   Key takeaways for employers from this article: They put their people first and trust them to do what’s best They draw inspiration from their own corporate values They create psychologically safe spaces They communicate intentionally and actively They listen They support their people managers They keep teams connected >> Read more Legal

News Recap - 02 Jan to 08 Jan

08 Jan 2021
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View this email in your browser Ref No: 080121 (1) UEN: S97SS0046G Dear , News Recap - 02 Jan to 08 Jan Key highlights from last week's news on COVID-19, Ministry of Manpower, Human Resources and Sustainability below. COVID-19 1/5: 2 COVID-19 cases in marine sector may have breached safety measures; action taken against employer Authorities in Singapore are investigating if two marine sector employees who recently tested positive for COVID-19 had breached safe management measures at work. The two employees are the marine surveyor at Lloyd's Register Singapore who tested positive on Dec 29, and the marine service engineer at Master Systems Marine who tested positive on Nov 26. The marine surveyor is among four people in a new cluster involving two Raffles Girls' School students, while the marine service engineer had dinner with 12 family members at a Seoul Garden outlet days before he tested positive. >> Read more   2/5: 7 questions about Singapore's vaccination strategy answered The first Covid-19 vaccines have arrived in Singapore, and more are expected in the months ahead. On Monday (Jan 4), Health Minister Gan Kim Yong gave Parliament an update on the nation's vaccination strategy, saying it was a "key enabler" in allowing the country to return to normalcy. Click "Read more" for key highlights from his ministerial statement which covers questions such as: The first shipments of the Covid-19 vaccine by Pfizer-BioNTech arrived in Singapore in December. When will the next shipment of vaccines arrive? Who has been vaccinated so far and when will it be my turn? Can I get the Covid-19 vaccine without an appointment? Who is eligible to receive free Covid-19 vaccinations in Singapore? Can I choose which Covid-19 vaccine to take? Will the Covid-19 vaccine work against the new strain of the coronavirus? What help will I get if I develop severe side effects after I have been vaccinated? >> Read more   3/5: Prior bookings will be required before COVID-19 vaccination Prior bookings will be required before people head down to the vaccination centres to receive their Covid-19 shot, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong on Monday (Jan 4). This is necessary given the cold-chain requirements at the vaccination sites and multi-dose vials of the vaccines, he said. "It will also ensure operational efficiency and minimise individual wait times," added Mr Gan in Parliament, adding that more information on how to make the bookings will be provided later. >> Read more   4/5: Employees in Singapore need not be redeployed if unvaccinated against COVID-19 In the instance an employee in Singapore has not been vaccinated against COVID-19, it will not be necessary to re-deploy them in order to reduce exposure to the virus, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong has stated. This, he noted, is unless a resurgence in the number of local cases occurs. Minister Gan said this as part of his ministerial statement on Monday (4 January), in response to a query by Member of Parliament (MP) Yip Hon Weng on the topic. The minister further noted that all workers will still "continue to take the necessary precautions such as mask-wearing, and where required, donning of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and undergoing Rostered Routine Testing (RRT)." >> Read more   5/5: Newly arrived foreign workers to undergo extra 7-day COVID-19 testing programme before moving into dorms From Wednesday (Jan 6), newly arrived foreign workers approved for entry into Singapore and staying in dormitories will have to undergo an additional seven-day testing regime at a designated facility after completing their 14-day stay-home notice (SHN), the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said on Tuesday. The multi-ministry task force (MTF) introduced the new requirement to minimise the risk of an imported Covid-19 case transmitting the virus into the dormitories, said the MOM. Currently, the 14-day SHN and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) exit test reduce this risk to "very low levels". >> Read more MINISTRY OF MANPOWER 1/3: Maximise your annual leave with public holidays for long weekends (2021) Most Singaporeans probably already know that we only have three long weekends out of the 11 gazetted public holidays left to look forward to in 2021. But with a little strategic planning, you can turn the rest of them into long(er) weekends (with a total of 32 days off work!) using only nine days’ of annual leave. Click "Read more" to look up the cheatsheet and start planning your long weekend staycations! >> Read more   2/3: MOM and ILO extend partnership agreement on labour issues The International Labour Organisation and the Singapore Ministry of Manpower will continue their cooperation to promote decent work in Southeast Asia following the extension of their Partnership Agreement until the end of 2021. The Agreement will see ILO and the Ministry work together in three key areas namely: occupational safety and health; fostering social dialogue and cooperation between governments, employers, and workers; as well as other labour and workplace practices. >> Read more   3/3: Police warn of new type of phishing scam involving impersonation of government officials The police on Tuesday (Jan 5) warned of a new type of phishing scam involving the impersonation of government officials. Victims would typically receive phone calls or messages purportedly from government agencies such as the Singapore Police Force (SPF) or the Ministry of Manpower. The scammers would claim that there were issues with the victims’ bank accounts and that they would need to verify their Internet banking login details, one-time passwords or personal particulars to resolve the matter. >> Read more HUMAN RESOURCES 1/2: 3 steps leaders are taking for a thriving business in a post-COVID environment The COVID-19  pandemic has brought about many changes to businesses around the world, one of which is the acceleration of digital transformations. A new IBM study of global C-suite executives, titled "COVID-19 and the Future of Business in Singapore," found that six in ten organisations have accelerated their digital transformations due to the C

News Recap - 26 Dec to 31 Dec

31 Dec 2020
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View this email in your browser Ref No: 311220 (1) UEN: S97SS0046G Dear , News Recap - 26 Dec to 31 Dec Key highlights from last week's news on Manufacturing, COVID-19 and Migrant Workers below. MANUFACTURING 1/1: Singapore’s manufacturing output rebounds 17.9% in November Singapore’s manufacturing output rose 17.9 per cent year-on-year in November, boosted by biomedical manufacturing and electronics - excluding biomedical manufacturing, output increased 14 per cent, the Economic Development Board (EDB) said on Thursday (Dec 24). The rebound in November follows a revised year-on-year decline of 0.8 per cent in October, which was hurt by a plunge in transport engineering. "Both electronics and biomedical clusters are expected to perform strongly in the coming months, on the back of robust electronics demand and Singapore’s position in producing and supplying biomedical products and supplies during this COVID-19 pandemic," said UOB senior economist Alvin Liew. >> Read more COVID-19 1/3: Leadership in the new normal must ensure employee well-being Workplace mental health has taken a front seat this year. Already deemed a "highly stressed" nation of workers, Singapore saw the Covid-19 pandemic bring a perfect storm of stressors to our shores with work-from-home arrangements blurring the line between employees' work and personal lives. Prior to the pandemic, stress-related illnesses were already costing Singapore's economy $3.2 billion annually, according to a study last year. Whether organisations return to their workplaces or continue with their remote working arrangements, how can employers keep their workforce mentally healthy and future-ready in a post-Covid recovery? >> Read more   2/3: Vehicles carrying workers no longer need to have 25% capacity reduction in phase 3 The capacity curb on vehicles ferrying workers has been lifted. The move to do away with the 25 per cent reduction in carrying capacity is in line with the beginning of Singapore's phase three of reopening, said the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) on Monday (Dec 28). Other safe management measures will remain in place. The MOM said that workers should continue to wear a mask at all times in the vehicle and that they should not talk or interact while on board. Employers must also continue to arrange private transportation for workers staying in dormitories to commute to and from their workplaces. These vehicles must not be carrying any other passengers.   >> Read more   3/3: Healthcare workers to receive Covid-19 vaccine from Dec 30, S’pore residents aged 70 and older from Feb ’21 Singapore’s Covid-19 vaccination exercise will begin on Dec 30 with healthcare workers at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases, followed by the elderly aged 70 and older next February. Vaccinations will roll out to more healthcare institutions in the coming weeks, with public healthcare institutions and private hospitals to arrange for their staff to be vaccinated at their respective premises. This is in line with recommendations by an expert committee that front-line and healthcare workers and those most vulnerable to severe complications if they contract Covid-19 should be vaccinated first, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Sunday (Dec 27). The elderly will be vaccinated from February next year, followed by other Singaporeans and long-term residents who are medically eligible, said the MOH. >> Read more MIGRANT WORKERS 1/2: Foreign workers share their stories at forum to celebrate International Migrants Day Since March this year, Mr Mohamad Syakirin Ahmad has spent only 15 days with his wife and two daughters in Johor Baru. The 27-year-old Malaysian, who has been working in Singapore as a courier for the last three years, used to commute across the Causeway daily but now has to live apart from his family due to the Covid-19 pandemic and border restrictions. His elder daughter is 1½ years old and his younger daughter was born on Jan 12 this year. To stay connected with his family, he video-calls them almost every day. Mr Syakirin was one of three foreign worker speakers who shared their stories on Sunday (Dec 27) at 2020 Reflections: Voices of our Migrants, a forum organised by non-profit start-up Tzu Chi Humanistic Youth Centre and co-operative society A Good Space. >> Read more   2/2: Christmas lights bus tour brings cheer to migrant workers For the past eight months, migrant worker Vasanth has been confined mainly to his dormitory, leaving it only for work or the occasional trip to a nearby recreational centre. So the 24-year-old, who goes by one name, welcomed the break from his daily routine on Monday night (Dec 28) when he was taken on a bus tour to see the Christmas lights. "I feel very nice and refreshed. The last few months we didn't get to take the MRT or buses, so it's a good feeling to be able to see how Singapore is after a few months. Today, I felt the same way I did when I first came here and saw Singapore," said Mr Vasanth, who arrived from India two years ago and is in charge of the safety of workers. >> Read more © All Rights Reserved Our Warmest Regards, ASPRI Secretariat admin@aspri.com.sg Copyright © 2020 ASPRI, All rights reserved. (function(i,s,o,g,r,a,m){i['GoogleAnalyticsObject']=r;i[r]=i[r]||function(){ (i[r].q=i[r].q||[]).push(arguments)},i[r].l=1*new Date();a=s.createElement(o), m=s.getElementsByTagName(o)[0];a.async=1;a.src=g;m.parentNode.insertBefore(a,m) })(window,document,'script','https://www.google-analytics.com/analytics.js','ga'); ga('create', 'UA-329148-88', {'allowLinker': true}); ga('set', 'hostname', '.campaign-archive.com'); ga('send', 'pageview');
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