Labour

MP Zainal: Landscape workers can be paid more with necessary training and skills

MP Zainal Sapari who is also the Chairman of Tripartite Cluster for Landscape Industry (TCL) replied to a ST Forum letter today, showing that the government has done much to help Singaporean workers in the landscape industry (‘Much being done to help those in landscape industry’, 17 Dec). “When the Landscape Progressive Wage Model (PWM) was implemented in 2016, the …

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Time for Singapore’s employment laws to include “clear” and “deliberate” guidelines for workers’ psychosocial health and safety requirements: NMP Anthea Ong

While branding the provisions proposed in Clause 22(a) of the Employment (Amendment) Bill “a significant amendment” to section 139 of the Employment Act (EA), Nominated Member of Parliament Anthea Ong made several suggestions that the mental and psychological well-being of workers in Singapore, particularly those deemed to be vulnerable to abuse and exploitation by their employers. Following Manpower Minister Josephine Teo’s …

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Clear statutory definition of what constitutes a “manager” or an “executive” needed in the Employment Act: NCMP Dennis Tan

A clear statutory definition of what constitutes a “manager” or an “executive” needs to be incorporated in the Employment Act (EA), said lawyer and Workers’ Party Non-Constituency Member Dennis Tan Lip Fong. Speaking in Parliament after Manpower Minister Josephine Teo’s Second Reading of the Amendment Bill to the Act on 20 Nov, Mr Tan said that “companies have tried to …

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$100 increase in salary threshold for non-workmen under Part IV of the Employment Act from $2,500 to $2,600 “too insignificant”: Assoc Prof Daniel Goh

The $100 increase in salary threshold for non-workmen eligible for the additional protections under Part IV of the Employment Act from $2,500 to $2,600 is too insignificant, said Non-Constituency Member of Parliament Associate Professor Daniel Goh Pei Siong. “Non-workmen” are classified under Part IV as white-collar workers who are not professionals, managers, or executives (PMEs). “At first glance, this struck …

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Employers need more time to implement changes in the Employment Act; incentives should be awarded to companies with “exemplary employment practices”: NMP Douglas Foo

Employers require more time to implement changes brought by the Amendment Bill to the Employment Act, as business leaders have to constantly tread the line between “thinning profit margins” and “rising costs” in “today’s global business economy,” said executive chairman of Sakae Holdings and Nominated Member of Parliament Douglas Foo. Mr Foo, who is also one of the vice-presidents of …

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Employers, particularly SMEs, hope for greater flexibility in changes made to Employment Act: Bishan-Toa Payoh MP Saktiandi Supaat

While the proposed changes in the Amendment Bill of the Employment Act will bring tangible benefits to employees, employers’ concerns surrounding costs and work arrangements need to be taken into account in the process of accommodating employees, said Bishan-Toa Payoh Member of Parliament Saktiandi Supaat. Speaking in response to Manpower Minister Josephine Teo’s Second Reading of the Amendment Bill of …

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Even SG expats are complaining about Singapore’s cost of living

A new report by expat community InterNations recently revealed that over half (52%) of expats in Singapore are dissatisfied with Singapore’s cost of living. In June this year, ECA International said that Singapore is among the 20 most expensive cities for expats around the world. British trader Oriano Lizza told Singapore Business Review, “The packages of yesteryear were considerably more …

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Amendments to the Employment Act to cover all PMEs regardless of salary level, broader definition of dismissal

The extension of core provisions of the Employment Act (EA) to cover all employees is one of the most significant changes proposed in the process of amending the Act, among which include the applicability of statutory annual leave to all employees and a broadened definition of “dismissal”. Manpower Minister Josephine Teo announced in her second reading of the Amendment Bill …

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