Saturday, 15 August 2020

News by Country: Singapore

14 August 2020


·     National Wages Council to reconvene, aims for updated guidelines by September (CNA, 14 August 2020)

·     40,000 foreign workers can resume renovation, certain types of work without needing BCA approval (CNA, 13 August 2020)

·     COVID-19: 24,000 offered jobs, work attachments under SGUnited package between March and July (CNA, 11 August 2020)

·     Singapore sees slow recovery as economy plunges by record  (Bangkok Post, 11 August 2020)

·     Singapore to subsidise Covid-19 healthcare costs of some outbound travellers from today (Malay Mail, 7 August 2020)

·     7-day stay-home notice period for Malaysian workers in Singapore decided based on risk assessment (Straits Times, 6 August 2020)

·     Spate of Suicides Among Migrant Workers in Singapore Raises Concern (New York Times, 6 August 2020)

·     Nurses’ Day: Nurses on the frontlines share how Covid-19 has changed their personal lives and work (Today, 3 August 2020)

·     Foreign worker levy waiver, rebates to be extended (Straits Times, 2 August 2020)

·     Government sets aside $320 million to cover further extension of foreign worker levy rebates (Straits Times, 1 August 2020)

·     New roles for laid-off Singapore workers may not be perfect fit (Business Times, 28 July 2020)

·     Coronavirus: Singapore's last-line defenders make critical decisions daily to save patients in the ICU (Straits Times, 26 July 2020)

·     Retrenched workers: Govt will be generous with support but firms also need to 'play ball', says Tharman (Straits Times, 23 July 2020)

·     New social compact, activist governments needed for a post-Covid-19 world (Straits Times, 22 July 2020)

·     More than half of Singapore's hotel rooms used in Covid-19 battle, not all can reopen for staycations: STB chief (Straits Times, 22 July 2020)

·     Muji says Singapore, Malaysia business not affected by US bankruptcy protection filing (Today, 21 July 2020)

·     Isolation, job uncertainty continues to take a toll on workers even after easing of circuit breaker measures (The Straits Times, 19 July 2020)

·     140k employers to get $4 billion in Jobs Support Scheme payouts from July 29 (The Straits Times, 19 July 2020)

·     Financial services a silver lining amid Covid-19 gloom (Straits Times, 17 July 2020)

·     Retrenchment is likely to rise”: Chan Chun Sing addresses post-GE plans (MSN, 17 July 2020)

·     Resorts World Sentosa to let go of staff amid Covid-19 impact to tourism industry (Mothership, 15 July 2020)

·     Singapore: Government orders removal of critical comments on handling of COVID-19 pandemic (Ifex, 12 July 2020)

·     Society must recognise potential mental health crisis following Covid-19, says Singapore doctor (Today, 10 July 2020)

·     Rolls-Royce to cut 240 jobs in Singapore due to Covid-19 impact (Straits Times, 9 July 2020)

·     Singapore secures three of top five South-east Asia deals despite Covid-19 slowdown (Straits Times, 8 July 2020) 

·     Singapore Invokes Fake-News Law to Defend Migrant Workers’ Tests (Bloomberg, 6 July 2020)

·     Singapore retail sales fall 52.1% in record drop in May during COVID-19 circuit breaker (CNA, 3 July 2020)

·     InstaReM and IITAAS set up fund for Indian migrant workers in Singapore (Singapore Business Review, 3 July 2020)

·     Coronavirus and inequality threaten to unsettle Singapore election (Nikkei Asian Review, 1 July 2020)

·     55% of employees working from home in Singapore are putting in longer hours (Human Resources Online, 30 June 2020)

·     Singapore, Malaysia agree to allow cross-border travel for some residents and business travelers (CNA, 27 June 2020)

·     Singapore budget carrier Jetstar Asia to cut a quarter of its workforce (The Inquirer, 26 June 2020)

·     COVID-19: Majority of employers 'reasonable and fair' in cost-saving measures (CNA, 24 June 2020)

·     S'poreans donated $90m in first five months of 2020, equal to whole of last year's donations (Straits Times, 22 June 2020)

·     First weekend of phase 2: Up to 80% jump in shopper traffic at popular malls (Straits Times, 22 June 2020)

·     Building new post-Covid-19 workplaces (Straits Times, 21 June 2020)

·     Spike in investments into S'pore-based fintech firms (Straits Times, 21 June 2020)

·     KidZania Singapore closure: 103 workers to be retrenched, given severance packages (Today, 19 June 2020)

·     Covid-19: Malaysian workers can’t enter S’pore, Thailand under lockdown, M’sian immigration chief confirms (Today, 19 June 2020)

·     COVID-19: No mid-year bonus for civil servants, one-time pay cut for officers in 'superscale grades' (CNA, 18 June 2020)


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