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Parliamentary questions for 15 January 2019

The Singapore Parliament will sit at 12:00 on Tuesday, 15 January 2019, for the 88th session of the 13th Parliament. *33 oral questions and 15 written question had been scheduled to be asked. There will be a Ministrial Statement from Minister for Communications and Information and Minister for Health: Government’s Response to the Report of the Committee of Inquiry into …

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Parliamentary questions for 14 January 2019

The Singapore Parliament will sit at 12:00 on Monday, 14 January 2019, for the 87th session of the 13th Parliament. *88 oral questions and 39 written question had been scheduled to be asked. There will be a Ministrial Statement from Minister for Foreign Affairs about Singapore-Malaysia Relations At the commencement of Public Business, there will be introduction of Government Bills: …

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Patients not covered under MediShield have doubled since 2015 – GPC for Health wants to know why

Questions are being raised by the Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) for Health over the fact that 20% of subsidised patients aren’t getting full coverage from MediShield Life. The compulsory national health insurance was launched in 2015 to help fully cover big medical bills of at least 90% of subsidised patients, or 1 in 10. Unfortunately, the number of subsidised patients …

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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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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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