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Financial Controller convicted for failing to pay more than $67,000 in Salaries

A 53-year-old Singaporean woman, Pang Sor Tin (“Pang”) (方素珍), was convicted in the State Courts on 14 November 2017 of three charges under the Employment Act.

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ASEAN Pact on Migrant Workers aligned with Senate Bills

MANILA, Nov 15 (PNA) - A senator on Wednesday lauded the signing of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Consensus on the Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers saying that it will “complement” pending Senate bills to benefit overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
Date: 15 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Hotels warned over Prohibition on Hijab-Wearing Women Staff

IPOH, Nov 15 (Bernama) - The Urban Well-being, Housing and Local Government Ministry today instructed local authorities to withdraw the licence of hotels which prohibit Muslim women employees from wearing the hijab at work.
Date: 15 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Hijab Ban for Muslim Frontline Hotel Staff a form of Discrimination - Nazri

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 14 (Bernama) - The hijab ban for Muslim women working at the frontline of hotels, as practised by some hotel chains in this country, is a form of discrimination, disrespectful, irresponsible, and a violation of the Federal Constitution.
Date: 14 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Parliament: Bellew must pay Four Months' Salary to MAB

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 13 (Bernama) - Former Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAB) Chief Executive Officer Peter Bellew must pay four months' salary to the national carrier for resigning earlier than the notice period.
Date: 13 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

ASEAN Leaders set to sign Pact on Migrant Workers' Rights Protection

MANILA, Nov 13 (PNA) - Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders have committed to champion regional cooperation on protecting and promoting migrant workers' rights. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday announced that he and other Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders agreed to sign the ASEAN Consensus o ...
Date: 13 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

MOM Letter serves as Evidence of Worker's Pay

A High Court judge has ruled that a migrant worker should be paid the basic salary as per the official in-principle approval (IPA) letter he received before coming to Singapore.  
Date: 10 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Singapore Law Watch

Policy on Ban of Women wearing Headscarf in Frontline Jobs must be reviewed

KUANTAN, Nov 12 (Bernama) - The relevant parties, including the government must review the policy which prevents women wearing headscarves from working in frontline positions in the hotel industry.
Date: 12 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

Bello suspends Processing of Employment Certificates anew

MANILA, Nov 10 (PNA) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Friday ordered anew the suspension of the acceptance and processing of applications for Overseas Employment Certificates (OEC) for all overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) due to reports of illegal recruitment activities victimizing Filipino workers.
Date: 10 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Crane Collapse: Dosh issues Stop-Work Order

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 9 (Bernama) - The Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) has issued a stop-work notice on construction activities at a construction site in Kampung Baru following the crane collapse incident here today.
Date: 09 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

House moves to address Job-Skills Mismatch

MANILA, Nov 9 (PNA) - A bill putting in place an integrated system of quality education to address the mismatch in jobs and skills and generate employment has hurdled second reading in the House of Representatives.
Date: 09 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

ASEAN to adopt Accord on Migrant Workers' Rights

MANILA, Nov 9 (PNA) - Leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states are expected to sign the ASEAN Consensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Migrant Workers during the summit that will be held next week. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday said the landmark document will further ...
Date: 09 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Philippine News Agency

Liu Huaixi v Haniffa Pte Ltd

Employment law - Pay - Failure to pay; Employment law - Pay - Effect of In-Principle Approval
Date: 01 November 2017; Court: High Court; Citation: [2017] SGHC 270; Source: Singapore Law Watch

ECC OKs P700-M Benefits

The Employees Compensation Commission released about P700 million in benefits to private and public sector workers who sustained job-related sickness, injury, or disability in the first half of 2017.
Date: 07 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Department of Labor and Employment

Company fined for failing to implement Workplace Traffic Management Plan

Poh Tiong Choon Logistics Limited was fined $190,000 for a workplace accident that resulted in the death of Tan Siau Tsing, an Assistant Manager of Yard Operations, who was responsible for the daily container yard operations at 21 Ayer Merbau Road.
Date: 07 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Manpower

House passes Bill on Migrant Workers' Protection into Law

Jakarta, Oct 26 (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR) passed a bill on the protection of Indonesian migrant workers into a law at its plenary meeting here on Wednesday.

Direktur Ud Wijaya Sentosa Box v Sigit Sugiharto PT Perkebunan Nusantara IV v Ahmad Zuhri Nasution Ahmad Suhaimi v PT Mitra Liga Mandiri Sukses more

Oudomxay legalises Foreign Workers

Oudomxay provincial authorities are registering foreigners and issuing them with temporary work permits in a bid to regulate the increasing number of undocumented migrant workers in the province.

Savannakhet registers Foreign Workers Authorities spotlight Protection of Migrant Workers Laos, Korea cooperate on Labour more

Hotels warned over Prohibition on Hijab-Wearing Women Staff

IPOH, Nov 15 (Bernama) - The Urban Well-being, Housing and Local Government Ministry today instructed local authorities to withdraw the licence of hotels which prohibit Muslim women employees from wearing the hijab at wo ...

Hijab Ban for Muslim Frontline Hotel Staff a form of Discrimination - Nazri Parliament: Bellew must pay Four Months' Salary to MAB Policy on Ban of Women wearing Headscarf in Frontline Jobs must be reviewed more

Dilemma on Minimum Wages could lead to Better Productivity

Concern is rising among employers over demands that the minimum wage be raised to K4,800- K6,600 ($4-$5.20) per day from K3,600 per day currently. That’s a potential increase in wages of more than 80 percent, a mov ...

Labour Ministry wants Minimum Wage between K4000 and K4800 Overview of New Myanmar Labour Law Guide Yangon Panel favours Minimum Wage of K4400-K6400 more

ASEAN Pact on Migrant Workers aligned with Senate Bills

MANILA, Nov 15 (PNA) - A senator on Wednesday lauded the signing of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Consensus on the Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers saying that it will “complement&rd ...

Bello suspends Processing of Employment Certificates anew House moves to address Job-Skills Mismatch ECC OKs P700-M Benefits more

Financial Controller convicted for failing to pay more than $67,000 in Salaries

A 53-year-old Singaporean woman, Pang Sor Tin (“Pang”) (方素珍), was convicted in the State Courts on 14 November 2017 of three charges under the Employment Act.

MOM Letter serves as Evidence of Worker's Pay Liu Huaixi v Haniffa Pte Ltd Company fined for failing to implement Workplace Traffic Management Plan more

Employers warned not to hire Migrant Workers as Shop Attendant

BANGKOK, Oct 9 (NNT) - The Ministry of Labor has warned vegetable and fruit vendors not to hire migrant workers to work as a shop attendant, as it is one of the occupations reserved for Thais according to the Thai law.

Phuket urges Migrant Workers to register by 15 November DOE to complete Migrant Workers' Bio metrics Record by 1 November MOL working to stop Visa Violations in South Korea more

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New OFB Bank to cover all Overseas Filipinos

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has welcomed Malacanang’s approval of the acquisition by the Land Bank of the Philippines of the Philippine Postal Savings Bank (PPSB), which, he said, will pave the way for a financial institution that will cater not only to the country’s migrant workers, but to other overseas-based Filipinos as well.

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Singapore's Fintech Dive now delves for Proof beyond Concept

The partnership between Singapore and Hong Kong to build a blockchain-powered trade network may set the standard for other jurisdictions to follow in financial technology.

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Juvenile Council helps Child Offenders through Art

MANILA, Nov 20 (PNA) - The Juvenile Justice Welfare Council (JJWC) kicked off its 6th JJWC Week on Sunday through an on-the-spot poster painting contest emphasizing the importance of promoting restorative justice and giving youth offenders who have gone astray a "second chance" to correct their mistakes.

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Far-reaching Bill for Cyber Security 'Not uncommon'

The far-reaching Bill to beef up cyber security is justifiable in the light of the potential damage from state-sponsored cyber espionage, says experts.  

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Self-Regulation, Digital Literacy, Best Ways to counter Fake News

MANILA, Nov 18 (PNA) - Self-regulation and digital literacy are the best antidotes to fake news, according to advocates of freedom of expression in Southeast Asia.

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Sereno Camp insists on CJ's Right to Counsel

MANILA  Nov 17 (PNA) - The camp of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno on Friday insisted anew that she has the right to have counsel and to cross-examine the witness during the impeachment proceedings against her before the Congress.

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President Jokowi urges Novanto to follow Legal Process

Jakarta Nov 18 (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has called on House Speaker Setya Novanto to be willing to follow every legal process initiated by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

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IPOPHL MOU on Intellectual Property with the Russian Federation

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of Russia witnessed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) and the Federal Service for Intellectual Property of the Russian Federation (Rospatent). The MOU was signed by IPOPHL Director General Josephine R. Santiago and Rospatent Head Grigory P. Ivlev. The MOU serves as the bilateral framework to improve the administration and effectiveness of the intellectual property systems in the Philippines and the Russian Federation. The signing ceremony was held on 13 November 2017 at the Coconut Palace.

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Supply of Lift Spare Parts for Maintenance of Lifts in HDB Estates: CCS consults on Proposed Voluntary Commitments by Suppliers

The Competition Commission of Singapore (“CCS”) is conducting a public consultation from 15 to 28 November 2017 and invites interested parties to provide feedback on two proposed commitments separately provided by (i) BNF Engineering (S) Pte Ltd (“BNF”) in relation to the supply of spare parts for BNF brand of lifts, and (ii) C&W Services Operations Pte Ltd (“CWO”) in relation to the supply of spare parts for Ulift brand of lifts.

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Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Polish Financial Supervision Authority expands Co-operation in FinTech

Singapore, Nov 15 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (KNF) signed a FinTech Co-operation Agreement which lays out a framework for co-operation and referrals between the two regulators.

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Singapore and Hong Kong launch a Joint Project on Cross-Border Trade and Trade Finance Platform

Singapore, Nov 15 - The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) exchanged a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Singapore today to jointly develop the Global Trade Connectivity Network (GTCN), a cross-border infrastructure based on distributed ledger technology (DLT), to digitalise trade and trade finance between the two cities and potentially with an aim to expanding the network in the region and globally.

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Managing Director of BAC Raja Singham appointed as Pioneer Mentor at the Launch of the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network

Manila, Philippines, Nov 13 - Managing Director of Brickfields Asia College (BAC) Raja Singham was appointed as a Pioneer Mentor of the ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN), which was launched at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit 2017 (ABIS 2017) on Sunday, 12 November. Touted as the largest mentoring programme in the region, AMEN is the flagship programme of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ABAC) and is designed to facilitate the scaling up of micro-, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the ASEAN region through mentorship. Successful entrepreneurs, business practitioners and academicians from across the 10 ASEAN member states made up the 143 pioneer mentors present at the launch.

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