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[Sent by MOM - 16 July]

Govt accepts Tripartite Cluster for Lift & Escalator Industry (TCLE)‘s PWM Recommendations

Over 1,300 lift and escalator (L&E) technicians will benefit from the latest recommendations by the TCLE. The Government has accepted recommendations to:

Extend Lift PWM to include escalator technicians
Introduce a six-year schedule of sustained wage increases from 2023
Implement mandatory L&E PWM from 2022
Introduce a mandatory annual PWM bonus from 2023

For more info: go.gov.sg/tclegov16jul
[Sent by MOM - 20 July]

Updated Safe Management Measures at the Workplace

From 22 Jul - 18 Aug 2021:
🏠 Work-from-home to remain the default. Employers must allow all employees who are able to work from home to do so.
Avoid organising work-related events unless critical
Food & drinks are not allowed at work-related events

Since the start of Phase 2(HA) on 16 May, MOM:
▪️Received over 3,500 pieces of feedback relating to workplace SMM.
▪️Took enforcement action against 66 companies for failing to comply with workplace SMM

We need everyone’s cooperation to break the chains of transmission and keep Singapore safe & healthy.

Latest guidelines: https://go.gov.sg/smm
[Sent by MOM - 27 July]

[New] Formation of Tripartite Committee on Workplace Fairness

▪️Co-chaired by Minister for Manpower, Secretary-General, NTUC & President, SNEF
▪️Comprises employer, union, human resource community & senior government representatives
▪️Committee to review efforts to tackle workplace discrimination and uphold workplace fairness in Singapore
▪️This includes whether legislative protections should be pursued, and if so, the appropriate scope
▪️Committee aims to complete work by 1H2022

More info: go.gov.sg/tcwfpr
Minister for Manpower’s response in Parliament: https://go.gov.sg/2607amresponse
[Sent by MOM – 5 August]

Enhancements to Six-Monthly Medical Examination (6ME) for Migrant Domestic Workers (MDWs) to strengthen detection against abuse

✔️From 29 August, the 6ME will be enhanced to better detect any signs of abuse against MDWs

Key changes you need to know
📝 Recording of MDW’s body-mass index
🔎 Checks for suspicious and unexplained injuries
👨‍⚕️ 6ME checks to be conducted at clinics without employers
Cessation of home-based 6ME
📩 Compulsory submission of all 6ME reports to MOM

This is part of new measures to strengthen support for MDWs and their well-being
🏠 Everyone has a part to play in taking care of our MDWs in our homes and our communities

For more details:
▪️ 6ME enhancements: https://go.gov.sg/6me-enhancements-mdws
▪️ Better support for MDWs: https://go.gov.sg/better-support-for-mdws
[Sent by MOM - 6 Aug] 
 
Transition towards COVID-19 Resilience 
 
Entry Approvals for Vaccinated WPH & Dependents 
From 10 Aug: 
 Resume entry approvals for work pass holders and their dependents with travel history to higher risk countries 
 Individuals must be fully vaccinated before arrival in SG
 
Updated SMM at the Workplace
From 19 Aug: 
 50% of employees who can work from home will be allowed to return to the workplace
 Social gatherings will be allowed, in a group of up to 5
 
Reviewing Advisory on COVID-19 Vaccination in Employment Setting
 Tripartite Partners supportive of Govt’s move to adopt vaccination or regular testing for persons working in selected sectors & public service
 Will review existing Advisory to drive up vaccination rates and update in mid-Aug
 
More info: 
▪️Entry approvals: https://go.gov.sg/ciuc30 
▪️Latest Workplace SMM guidelines: go.gov.sg/smm
[Sent by MOM - 23 Aug]

Updated Tripartite Advisory on COVID-19 Vaccination at the Workplace

🤝 The tripartite partners have issued an updated advisory on vaccination at the workplace.

💉 Employers are urged to adopt the Vaccinate or Regular Test (VoRT) regime as a company policy for existing employees and new hires.

The Public Service, as the largest employer in Singapore, is leading by example by implementing the VoRT regime. 

Do get vaccinated as soon as possible. Let’s work together to build a safer workplace for everyone!

Find out more here: https://go.gov.sg/vaccadv23aug
[Sent by MOM - 23 Aug]
 
Formalisation of Household Services Scheme (HSS) 
 
🤝 From 1 Sept, the HSS will be a permanent scheme to support demand 
 
🏠 Households can engage HSS companies for part-time household services, such as home cleaning
 
🔘 Currently, 76 companies service over 10,000 households
 
🛒 Companies can offer a wider range of services, such as grocery shopping, car washing and pet-sitting 
 
For more details: go.gov.sg/hss-23Aug
[Sent by MOM - 25 Aug]
 
[New] Jobs Situation Report (24th Edition)
 
While COVID-19 was a difficult period for the tourism & lifestyle services sector, some companies capitalised on the downtime to refresh their offerings, reskill their workforce and pivot to new opportunities.

Equipping companies and workers with new capabilities
Launched 18 new Career Conversion Programmes since Jan 2020
CCPs help workers gain skills to adopt tech as well as digital & technical skills to assume in-demand roles
Over 3,100 workers from 200 companies benefitted

Accelerating transformation and skills acquisition
CCPs will be extended to help another 1,400 workers
Launched a new Enhanced CCP for Digital Marketing Tourism Professionals (to join, indicate interest at go.gov.sg/wsgtd-tele)

More info on the Jobs Situation Report (24th Edition): https://go.gov.sg/jsr24

To receive updates on the latest jobs and skills initiatives for the lifestyle and hospitality sector, join WSG's Telegram channel for Lifestyle & Hospitality Employers: go.gov.sg/t-wsgtd
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[Sent by MOM - 31 Aug]

Tripartite Workgroup on Lower-Wage Workers Report

The Tripartite Workgroup on Lower-Wage Workers has drawn up an ambitious roadmap to uplift the wages and well-being of 234,000 workers.

Find out more: www.mom.gov.sg/twg-lwwreport
[Sent by MOM - 7 Sep]

Updated Safe Management Measures at the Workplace

From 8 Sep:
Social gatherings at the workplace will not be allowed
Meal breaks to be taken individually
14-day snap WFH regime for all employees who are able to do so, if a worker who returned to the workplace in the past 7 days tests positive. Employees encouraged to conduct self-swab test every 2-3 days during this period.

Updated advisory: https://go.gov.sg/smm
[Sent by MOM - 8 Sep]

Sharing of SHN and related Covid-19 tests costs between employers of transferred MDWs

🔘 MOM recommends for employers who are hiring transferred MDWs to share the SHN and related COVID-19 tests costs incurred when the MDW entered Singapore.

🤝 The costs can be shared if:
- The MDW is transferred within 12 months after she completes her SHN;
- The current employer does not receive more than what was paid for the costs of SHN and related COVID-19 tests; and
- Both the current and new employers sign a written agreement on the amount of costs shared

◼️ For more details on the criteria: go.gov.sg/sharingofcosts8sep
[Sent by MOM – 10 September]

Vaccinate or Regular Testing (VoRT) for migrant workers (MWs) in the Construction, Marine and Process (CMP) sectors

From 1 Oct, higher-risk MWs in CMP sectors and dormitories to take additional Antigen Rapid Tests (ART), in between Rostered Routine Testing (RRT).
- Enables quicker detection of COVID-19 cases, reduce disruptions to businesses and MWs

🔘 Vaccinated workers
- 1 additional ART
- Government to continue subsidising RRT and ART costs

🔘 Unvaccinated workers
- 3 additional ART
- Employers or workers to bear costs of two additional ART, government to cover cost of RRT

🔘 Workers medically ineligible for COVID-19 vaccines
- 3 additional ART
- Government to continue subsidising costs for required testing
- Employers to declare MWs’ medical status by 13 Sep

- Beyond 2021, employers should be prepared to factor regular testing costs into business operations.

📌 For more details, visit:
- MOM advisory: https://go.gov.sg/02fvfo
- BCA’s advisory for the construction sector: https://go.gov.sg/bca-circular-art-vort
- EDB’s requirements for Marine and Process Construction & Maintenance sectors: https://www.gobusiness.gov.sg/safemanagement/sector/
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[Sent by MOM – 15 Sep]

Singapore’s Job Landscape from 2010 - 2020

Our strategy of ensuring that locals can compete strongly and fairly in an open economy has reaped positive outcomes for the vast majority of local PMETs. Here’s a look at our jobs landscape from 2010 to 2020
[Sent by MOM – 17 September]
 
Improved Standards for New Migrant Worker (MW) Dormitories
 
🔘 MOM, MND and MOH have developed improved standards for new MW dormitories, which will strengthen resilience of dormitories against future pandemics and enhance liveability for MW residents
 
The improved standards will:
✔️ Reduce the risk of transmission of infectious diseases in dormitories
✔️ Enhance liveability for dormitory residents, with more spacious rooms and in-room Wi-Fi coverage
✔️ Complement existing safeguards such as enhanced Safe Living and Safe Working Measures at dormitories and worksites
 
🔘 For more details, visit: https://go.gov.sg/improved-dormitory-standards
[Sent by MOM - 20 Sep] 
 
Updates to Snap Work-from-Home Regime
 
From 22 Sep:
 14-day snap WFH regime will be reduced to 10 days
The 10-day snap WFH regime will apply to companies with 3 or more COVID-positive cases working at the same premises within 7 consecutive days
Affected workers placed on the regime may return to office for ad-hoc reasons, if they test negative via an ART. The test should be completed before they return, and not be more than 24 hours before the end of their ad-hoc return to the workplace
 
We urge both employers and employees to exercise social responsibility to self-isolate if they are known contacts with COVID-positive cases. Affected employees should monitor their health & administer ART self-swabs during the 10-day period at least twice a week, and before returning onsite.
 
Updated advisory:  https://go.gov.sg/smm
[Sent by MOM - 24 Sep]

Updated Safe Management Measures at the Workplace

From 27 Sep to 24 Oct:
Work-from-home (WFH) will be the default working arrangement. All employees able to WFH must do so.
10-day Snap WFH will be suspended
Employees unable to WFH strongly encouraged to self-test weekly via Antigen Rapid Test (ART)
Employees able to WFH will be able to return to the workplace for ad-hoc reasons if they test negative via ART.

Read our updated advisory here: https://go.gov.sg/smm
[Sent by MOM - 25 Sep]

Advisory on Work and Leave Arrangements for Employees who Test Positive on the Covid-19 Antigen Rapid Test (ART) but are Physically Well

👉 Employees should self-isolate at home for 72 hours
👉 Employers should not ask these employees to report to the workplace. They should work from home
👉 If working from home is not possible, employers should treat the period of absence as paid sick leave
👉 Employees may return to the workplace when they get a negative ART result after 72 hours

Read more here: https://go.gov.sg/advisory-art-positive
[Sent by MOM – 2 October]

Vaccination as Entry Requirement for Long-Term Pass Holders

🟢 To allow the necessary workers and students to enter Singapore’s borders in a safe and calibrated manner while minimising public health risk, MOM, MOE and ICA will require all long-term pass holders to be fully vaccinated before arrival in Singapore from 1 November 2021.

The vaccination requirement will apply to:
- All work pass holders and their dependants, and
- Travellers entering Singapore via the Student’s Pass Holder Lane.

For travellers applying for entry via the Familial Ties Lane, priority will be given to those who are fully vaccinated.

For more details, visit: https://go.gov.sg/pr0210
[Sent by MOM – 11 October]
 
Technical Issue on FWMOMCare Mobile App Resolved
 
MOM was notified that some workers were unable to launch the FWMOMCare mobile app. This issue is now resolved, and users need to update their app to the latest version, or reinstall the app if they continue to face issues.
[Sent by MOM — 13 Oct]

Intermittent Issue on Submitting Antigen Rapid Test (ART) Results on FWMOMCare app
 
MOM was notified yesterday that some migrant workers were unable to submit their ART results via the FWMOMCare mobile app.

This is an intermittent issue and we are working towards resolving it by today. Meanwhile, workers can try to resubmit their results after 10 to 15 minutes, or take photos of their test results to gain entry into worksites.
 
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.