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COVID-19 Vaccinations in the Workplace: Mandatory or Optional?
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COVID-19 Vaccinations in the Workplace: Mandatory or Optional?

Arguably one of the defining affairs of the year 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the world at an unprecedented rate, dealing a crippling blow to the global community and people’s lives, health, livelihoods, and lifestyles. On 14 December 2020, a collective sigh of relief could be heard across the nation as Prime Minister Lee...

Breach Notification: New Data Protection Requirements
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Breach Notification: New Data Protection Requirements

A new mandatory personal data breach notification requirement was passed by Singapore’s Parliament on 3 November 2020 as part of new amendments to the Personal Data Protection Act 2012 (“PDPA”) and is expected to be implemented by early 2021. New draft guidelines have also been published by the Personal Data Protection Commission (“PDPC”) on the...

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...