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Guidance for Employers of Remote-Work Employees in Singapore
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COVID-19: Guidance for Employers of Remote-Work Employees in Singapore

Introduction COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on employment and human resource management. One area where this has been most pronounced has been in relation to the management of global talent pools. When a relatively small group of countries had initially commenced preventive lockdowns in early 2020, few would have predicted how rapidly this pandemic...

Contractual rights
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Who you gonna call? Authenticating documents at trial

Introduction In an assignment, a party (an assignor) may transfer its contractual rights to a third party (the assignee). Such an assignment is often given in favour to a bank before the grant of a credit facility. The bank may then seek to enforce the contractual rights of the assignor against its commercial partner. However,...

Diverse business team meeting in office hallway. Business man and women standing in circle, holding tablet and documents and talking. Teamwork concept
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MOM tightens salary requirements for Employment Passes and S Passes

On 27 August, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) announced that they would be tightening the salary requirements for Employment Passes (EP) and S Passes. Employment Passes The minimum qualifying salary for EP will be raised from S$3,900 to S$4,500 for all new applicants.  In an unprecedented move, the MOM is also introducing a higher qualifying...

Business Interruption Insurance Claims during the COVID-19 Pandemic
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Business Interruption Insurance Claims during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Introduction The Covid-19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdown implemented across the globe has wreaked havoc on businesses. Singapore has been no exception. Since April 7, as part of its efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19 and contain the pandemic, the Singapore government has implemented “Circuit Breaker Measures”. This includes the closure of workplace premises...

High Court rules on arbitrability of disputes under the Securities and Futures Act
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High Court rules on arbitrability of disputes under the Securities and Futures Act

Synopsis In CA Investment (Brazil) S.A v Eldorado Brasil Celulose S.A. & Ors (Originating Summons No. 169 of 2019, Summons No. 3420 of 2019), unreported (the “OS”), the High Court considered the application of arbitration agreements to disputes under the Securities & Futures Act (Cap 289) (the “SFA”). The Applicant in that case (“CA”) applied...

Insolvency in a time of COVID-19
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Insolvency in a time of COVID-19

The Ministry of Law announced on 1 April 2020 that it intends to introduce the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Bill (the “Bill”) in Parliament in the week of 6 April 2020 to offer temporary relief to businesses and individuals who might find themselves unable to fulfil their contractual obligations because of COVID-19. Among the measures proposed...

High Court decides first POFMA case
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High Court decides first POFMA case

In the case of Singapore Democratic Party v Attorney-General Act 2019 (No. 18 of 2019) [2020] SGHC 25, the High Court made some important observations on the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (“POFMA”).

Enhanced Penalties for Breach of Fair Consideration Framework
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Enhanced Penalties for Breach of Fair Consideration Framework

In January 2020, the Ministry of Manpower in Singapore strengthened the Fair Consideration Framework for greater deterrence against workplace discrimination.  The Fair Consideration Framework is a set of guidelines issued by the Ministry of Manpower, in its capacity as a regulator of foreign manpower in Singapore. They do not have the power of law, but are...