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Local fashion house fined $72,000 for falsely declaring salaries

In a media release by Ministry of Manpower on Thursday (July 21), The Executive Director of local fashion house, Yen’s Studio Pte Ltd, Yen Ser Ming, was sentenced to a fine for $72,000 in default 18 months imprisonment and the company was barred from hiring any foreign employees. Ms Yen, who is now 61-year-old, pleaded guilty to 9 charges. She submitted …

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Equal maternity leave for unwed mothers

Unwed mothers are to receive the same benefits as married mothers, announced Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin in Parliament on 12 April. 16 weeks of Government-paid maternity leave for mothers and a Child Development Account (CDA) for their children will soon be granted to all unwed mothers, matching what is currently given only to married mothers. Currently, …

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Alibaba buys Lazada for $1bn, crude soars on freeze optimism

By Margaret Yang, CMC Markets Equities – Alibaba has spent $1bn to purchase a majority stake in Singapore based Lazada Group, which is a rising e-commerce player in Southeast Asia. This is a good move towards expanding its footprint in the region and securing a seat for future growth. This is Alibaba’s second deal in Singapore since it bought a …

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Singapore’s most expensive parking spots

With Singapore coming up to around 700 square kilometres in total area, land here is undoubtedly scarce, and so is parking space for cars. Scanning parking spots in town and the central business district (CBD) uncovers a number of the most expensive car parks around the country. Hilton Hotel along Orchard Road charges motorists $7 per hour before 6 pm and $7 per entry after …

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Who demanded “Unlimited Changes” for design in its tender documents

Yesterday, Kelly Cheng, a designer, posted a Facebook post of a tender document on Gebiz which contained terms and conditions which seem somewhat unbelievable to industry professionals. She wrote, "Multiple Demands for Unlimited Changes for Design Services on Gebiz. As a designer, I Protest, Do you? Please share this post if you are against Unlimited Changes - Be the Change …

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The Press, MOM and the Law

Once again, the mainstream press were quite happy to regurgitate the contents of a Ministry of Manpower press release oblivious to the basic questions which arise from the statement. There is not an iota more information to be obtained from the press reports than there is in the MOM statement. Only words get shuffled around as if to suggest some …

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Men and boys: Part of the solution to ending gender-based violence

Alvin Wong is the programme coordinator for WE CAN! Singapore, a campaign that seeks to end violence against women. As part of White Ribbon Week, TOC got in touch with him to talk about gender-based violence and how men and boys can do their part. How did the White Ribbon Campaign come about? The White Ribbon Campaign began in Canada …

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