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MOM to Issue Guidelines for Employers to Handle Employee’s Medical Leave Amidst the Outbreak

Guidelines on how employers should count the five-day sick leave during the coronavirus outbreak in relation to their workers’ sick leave entitlements will be issued by Thursday (Feb 27), said Minister of State for Manpower Zaqy Mohamad in Parliament on Wednesday. He was responding to Mr Patrick Tay (West Coast GRC), who raised workers’ concerns about […]

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February 28, 20202:35 pm
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More Companies in Japan Ask Employees to Work Remote

More and more Japanese companies are responding to the virus by having their staff work from home. Cosmetics giant Shiseido says it has told about 8,000 or one third of employees at its group companies to work remotely from February 26 to March 6. The measure excludes front-line sales staff and factory workers. Shiseido is […]

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February 28, 20201:43 pm
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NTUC to Pilot New Job-Matching Initiative

Bringing together more than 4,000 companies across various industries, the new Job Security Council will gather information on vacancies at these firms, as well as jobs being phased out and jobs that can be redesigned for workers and PMEs (professionals, managers and executives). It will then match workers from companies that may need to let […]

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February 27, 20205:07 pm
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Health Care Benefit Costs Projected to Increase by 7.1% in Asia Pacific in 2020

Employer-sponsored health care benefit costs are expected to grow at the same rate as last year in Asia Pacific at 7.1 percent in 2020, according to a survey of medical insurers by Willis Towers Watson. However, some markets including China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore will exceed the average expected increase at 9.8 […]

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February 27, 20201:13 pm
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Travel Giant Expedia to Axe 12% of Workforce

Online travel giant Expedia will cut 3,000 jobs worldwide after what the company called a “disappointing” performance in 2019, US media reported Monday (Feb 24).  “We are announcing our intent to reduce and eliminate certain projects, activities, teams and roles to streamline and focus our organisation,” the company said in an email to staff, a […]

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February 26, 20203:36 pm
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No Jobs for Moderately Educated Women in India: World Bank

If you are a moderately educated woman, you are significantly less likely to grab a job in India, compared to your higher- or lower-educated fellows. This paradoxical relationship between female education and labor force participation in India is highlighted by the latest report on ‘Analyzing Female Employment Trends in South Asia’ by the World Bank. […]

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February 26, 20202:51 pm
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How to Stop Workplace Fear and Racism against Asians as COVID-19 Cases Spiral (Q&A with Chee Tung Leong, the CEO of EngageRocket)

In late December, the WHO office in China was informed of COVID-19 (coronavirus) being detected in Wuhan City. As of today, the spread of coronavirus has led to a more serious threat worldwide. Beyond its health scope, the outbreak has also been rising a negative sentiment against those coming from Asian ethnicity. CNN reported that […]

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February 26, 20202:06 pm
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Malaysians Most Unhappy in Asia When It Comes to Salary

Employees in Malaysia are the most dissatisfied with their current compensation packages in the region, finds the latest Asia Salary Guide report by leading recruitment experts Hays. This is likely a compounding factor in high salary expectations from employees that differ from employers’, creating potential for mismatched salary expectations in 2020. This year marks the […]

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February 24, 20203:23 pm
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Coronavirus Affects Job Prospects for 8.7 Million Chinese Graduates

The coronavirus outbreak is denting the prospects of this year’s record 8.7 million-strong Chinese university graduating class, with many students stuck at home just as the corporate recruitment season usually swings into high gear. Graduates are worrying less about catching the virus than the impact it will have on their careers as company-organized recruiting events […]

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February 24, 20203:06 pm
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Employees Expect Pay Rise Despite Moderate Economic Growth, Survey Finds

As economic growth is expected to moderate in 2020, Singaporeans are turning to businesses to fill that gap. According to Randstad’s Workmonitor 2019 Q4 results, 60 percent of Singapore-based respondents expect the economic situation to deteriorate in 2020. The same number of respondents also expect their employers to perform better financially in 2020, than in […]

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February 21, 20203:25 pm