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Highlighted Updates 


Requirements for Safe Management Measures at the Workplace [Updated 18 Aug] 

  • From 19 August, further workplace safe management measures were eased. 
  • Employers must ensure that no more than 50% of employees who can work from home are at the workplace at any point in time, regardless of their vaccination status. 
  • Social gatherings are allowed, subject to the prevailing gathering size limit of five persons. 
  • Work-related events must adhere to prevailing requirements: 
  • Event participants must be capped at 50 persons. 
  • Attendees to sit at least 1m apart. 
  • Meals should not be the main feature of the event. 
  • Temperature screening and symptoms checks are no longer required at workplaces. 

[For more details: https://www.mom.gov.sg/covid-19/requirements-for-safe-management-measures] 


New measures to facilitate retention and hiring of work permit holders in the Construction, Marine Shipyard and Process sectors [New 13 Aug] 

  • The Government is introducing new measures to help companies in the Construction, Marine Shipyard and Process (CMP) sectors retain their existing Work Permit Holders (WPHs) and facilitate the inflow of new WPHs.  
  • WPHs whose work permits are expiring between July and December 2021 will be allowed to renew their permits for up to two years, even if they do not meet the renewal criteria. Firms also do not need to maintain at least 10% of their WPHs as higher skilled workers.  
  • From July 2021, the validity of In-Principle Approvals (IPAs) of all work pass holders who are unable to enter Singapore due to border control measures, will be extended by up to one year. 
  • The Government will partner the Singapore Contractors Association Ltd (SCAL) to introduce a six-month retention scheme (1 September 2021 till 28 February 2022) for experienced construction WPHs whose previous employment has been terminated. 
  • Minimum Period of Employment (POE) requirement for WPHs to qualify for Man-Year Entitlement (MYE) waiver will be removed from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022 for new and renewal WPH from non-traditional sources (NTS) and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) for firms in the Construction and Process Sectors. 

[For more details: https://www.mom.gov.sg/newsroom/press-releases/2021/0813-new-measures-to-facilitate-retention-and-hiring-of-wph-in-the-cmp-sectors] 


23rd Jobs Situation Report [New 14 Aug] 

  • Whole-of-community effort with support from 240 partners to match job seekers and employers in 2020.  
  • 20% increase in partnerships with public agencies, community groups, industry stakeholders and private sector agencies mirrors ramped-up job matching efforts. 
  • Alongside the Unions, the Trade Associations and Chambers (TACs) have been instrumental in Singapore’s unique tripartite system. During this challenging time, TACs have stepped up to support employers and jobseekers who struggled with the economic impact of the pandemic.  
  • Such collaborations allow us to create innovative solutions that address the diverse needs of jobseekers and employers. 

[For more details: https://www.mom.gov.sg/newsroom/press-releases/2021/0814-jobs-situation-report-23rd-edition] 


Government Accepts Recommendations To Uplift Landscape Employees With Sustained Wage Increases, Enhanced Career Ladder And Mandatory Training Requirements [New 20 Aug] 

  • More than 3,000 landscape employees to benefit from enhanced Landscape Progressive Wage Model. 
  • The Government has accepted the Tripartite Cluster for Landscape Industry (TCL) recommendations to:  
  • Provide a six-year schedule of sustained baseline wage increases under the Landscape Progressive Wage Model (PWM) from 2023 to 2029; 
  • Implement new job roles of Landscape Specialist and Senior Landscape Specialist as part of the enhanced PWM Career Ladder from 1 July 2023; and 
  • Enhance mandatory training requirements across all job roles on the PWM Skills Ladder from 1 July 2023. 

[For more details: https://www.mom.gov.sg/newsroom/press-releases/2021/0820-government-accepts-recommendations-to-uplift-landscape-employees-with-sustained-wage-increases] 


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