Employers should manage retrenchment responsibly and abide by the Tripartite Advisory on Managing Excess Manpower and Responsible Retrenchment.

Fatigue can affect our ability to make good decisions at work. Here are some ideas that employers can adopt to build an environment that encourages rest and recovery for workers.

The pandemic has drawn attention to the substantial number of self-employed people in Singapore, and the authorities will continue to look into how they can be better supported, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said on Tuesday (Feb 23).

This diverse group may include those taking on gig jobs like food delivery temporarily, and those who take on such jobs on a part-time basis, Mr Heng noted.

Mental health issues are rising, not least with the health, financial and psychological stresses brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

In October last year, several mental health clinicians and service providers told The Straits Times that more people in Singapore had been seeking help for mental health issues amid the virus outbreak.

To help those battling this silent disease, there needs to be more support and awareness of it — not just at home but in the workplace too.

The COVID pandemic has led to a rise in mental health issues. How does this affect hiring, and what do employers and employees need to know? Read this edition of Ask ST to find out more.

Since the start of February, we have had seven fatal workplace accidents. In contrast, there were 30 fatalities for the whole of 2020. This is extremely alarming, setting a worrying trend for the year ahead.

The accidents took place across various industries, including construction, transportation and storage and marine.

While companies in sectors badly hit by Covid-19 appreciate the extension of the Jobs Support Scheme (JSS), smaller players are brooding over how to keep their businesses alive as the support gradually tapers off.

Employers in the food, retail, arts, and construction sectors welcomed the Government’s plans to extend wage support for them until June, but many feel it is not enough. Safe management measures and a labour crunch caused by border restrictions mean they will continue to feel the pinch.

Wage subsidies under the Jobs Support Scheme (JSS) will be extended until September for businesses badly hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, but other employers in sectors that have recovered will stop receiving these subsidies after March. The Sunday Times speaks to some employers.

SINGAPORE -When Singapore entered the circuit breaker period last April, Mr Toby Koh, group managing director of Ademco Security Group, was concerned that his security firm would suffer financial loss.

But with help from the Jobs Support Scheme (JSS), which helps employers pay a portion of their workers’ monthly salary, he not only managed to retain all 253 existing full-time staff, he even managed to expand his workforce.

Networking is often touted as key to landing a new job. Most employers will consider internal hiring and employee referrals before advertising the position or going to recruiters and head-hunters.

On 10 February 2021, a company director was at a private dwelling overseeing construction work when he fell through a floor opening and landed on a staircase about 4.7m below. The injured director was pronounced dead at the scene by attending paramedics.

The Ministry of Manpower is investigating 15 work pass holders here who had declared qualifications from Manav Bharti University in their work pass applications.

The Indian university in Himachal Pradesh state had sold 36,000 fake degrees over 11 years, the Times of India (TOI) reported earlier this month.

S Pass tightening: job take-up by locals to differ between industries.

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Mid-skilled will likely benefit in manufacturing, but bump to their employability and wages may not be similar in other sectors

Straits Times 18 Feb 2021