Will wages increase in Singapore this year?
HRD Singapore (blog) | 16-Mar-2018
Recent job growth in Singapore has led to predictions of wage increases across the city state.

MOM releases 2017 labour report
HRD Singapore (blog) | 15-Mar-2018
The labour market improved in 2017 in line with an economic pick-up, MOM said in its 2017 full-year labour report.

Thai government to reduce penalties for foreign workers
Myanmar Times | 13-Mar-2018
The Thai government will reduce penalties for foreign workers after both employers and employees admitted to difficulties in complying with amendments to labour laws which enforce harsh penalties for migrant workers and were enforced for only a month last year.

Women’s empowerment has far to go in Myanmar
Myanmar Times | 12-Mar-2018
Womenin Myanmar face many challenges, including discriminating social norms, sexual harassment, gender-based violence, inequality in education, work and employment, as well as minimal representation in politics and at decision-making level, among others.

Elderly lack awareness of law protecting their welfare
Myanmar Times | 07-Mar-2018
There is a general lack of awareness among the elderly about the Law Relating to Older People that was enacted two years ago and is aimed at protecting their rights and promoting their welfare.

Abe forced to shelve key labour law reform
The Straits Times | 02-Mar-2018
TOKYO • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has abandoned for now a key labour law reform aimed at boosting productivity after admitting data used to support the change was flawed, an embarrassing political climbdown likely to disappoint businesses and investors.

Samsung pulls the plug on Myanmar: Korean media
Myanmar Times | 01-Mar-2018
Poor infrastructure, govt’s inaction on economic reforms, political uncertainties and red tape - the Samsung episode is indicative of the problems smothering investors and businesses in Myanmar. SOUTH Korean multinational Samsung Electronics has reportedly “made a final decision” not to build a manufacturing plant in Myanmar due to the lack of infrastructure, the government’s inaction on economic reforms, anxiety on a worsening bureaucracy and political uncertainties. An academic argued that the Samsung episode is indicative of the Myanmar problems for Western investors and corporations.

Japan takes lead on Asian free trade
Myanmar Times | 27-Feb-2018
At a time when Japan is doing more than ever to uphold the postwar international system, it is an extreme historical irony that Imperial Japan’s Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere is finally being achieved. Japan’s leadership toward getting, on March 8, signatures on the final agreement of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), also known as TPP 11, will be a big step toward Asian regionalisation without the United States. By default, Japan’s World War II ambition of Asian cultural and economic unity free of Western powers looks close to fruition. Yet Japan’s core plan had always been for TPP, and the Asia-Pacific, to include the United States – until President Donald Trump’s withdrawal.

Singapore Budget 2018: Does Singapore care about its caregivers?
The Online Citizen | 27-Feb-2018
The word of the day was “innovation”, but this year’s Budget announcements by the Minister of Finance demonstrated few plans for change. Although the Government declared its commitment to address the needs of the ageing population by enhancing healthcare infrastructure, not much was said about tackling the rapidly growing impact of eldercare on families in Singapore.

Pay the right holiday rate, Philippine firms told
HRD Singapore (blog) | 23-Feb-2018
Philippine employers must follow the pay rules for the holidays falling on 16 and 25 February – Chinese New Year and the 32nd anniversary of the Edsa People Power Revolution, respectively.

Dawei SEZ is for the few, not the many
Myanmar Times | 22-Feb-2018
A few elites will benefit from reviving Dawei SEZ, but what about the rest? Civil society organisations demand authorities to halt the controversial Dawei project and rethink.

3000 skilled workers will be ready in fiscal 2018-19: director
Myanmar Times | 21-Feb-2018
In the 2018-19 fiscal year, 3000 skilled workers for 30 types of jobs will be ready for employment, U Kyaw Kyaw Lwin, director of the Labour, Immigration and Population Ministry’s Skills Development Division, told The Myanmar Times.

Rakhine receives funds from energy projects for education and infrastructure
Eleven Myanmar | 21-Feb-2018
Rakhine State has received over Ks760 million from the Shwe gas project and over US$0.8 million from the Southeast Asian oil and natural gas project for its education and basic infrastructure sectors, according to a report of a committee on implementing recommendations on Rakhine State.

Duterte to attend murdered maid’s wake as Southeast Asia struggles with mistreatment of its workers
Southeast Asia Globe | 20-Feb-2018
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte will attend the wake of Joanna Daniela Demafelis this week, an overseas worker whose body was found in a freezer in Kuwait earlier this month.

Government sees rise in child workers
Myanmar Times | 20-Feb-2018
Poverty and lack of education among children contribute to the spread of child workers in the country, and it’s a daunting task to curb the problem, said the government.

Adelina’s death: Strengthen protection for migrant labours — Steven Sim
Malay Mail | 12-Feb-2018
FEBRUARY 12 — The tragic death of 21-year old Indonesian domestic helper, Adelina, infuriated our nation.

Singapore’s Real Estate ITM aims to transform Facilities Management and property transactions
OpenGov Asia | 09-Feb-2018
The Singapore Government launched its Real Estate Industry Transformation Map (ITM [1]) on February 8. This is the third ITM under the Built Environment (BE) cluster to be launched, following the recent launches of the Construction and Environmental Services ITM.

Myanmar workers who complained of labour abuse at Thailand chicken farm on trial for defamation
The Straits Times | 07-Feb-2018
BANGKOK (AFP) - A Bangkok court began a defamation trial on Wednesday (Feb 7) against 14 Myanmar migrant workers who accused a Thai chicken farm of labour abuse, a case rights groups say is an effort to silence whistleblowers.

Singapore tops Asia-Pacific talent ranking
HRD Singapore (blog) | 06-Feb-2018
The 2018 Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) report found that Switzerland still leads the way in terms of talent competitiveness, followed by Singapore and the United States.

This weak spot kept Singapore from being the world's freest economy
Singapore Business Review | 05-Feb-2018
It came behind Hong Kong and topped major categories except for one. Singapore loses to Hong Kong in The Heritage Foundation's economic freedom index for 2018, landing on the second spot for the freest economy the world.

How well are female workers protected by the law?
The Daily Star (satire) | 02-Feb-2018
Equal pay for equal work, the right to form a union—these, among other standards, protect workers from exploitation in the workplace globally. The International Labour Organisation (ILO) sets out core labour standards which member states, such as Bangladesh, are expected to adhere to. These centre around freedom of association, right to collective bargaining, protection against forced or compulsory labour, abolition of child labour, and protection against discrimination in employment.

More women needed in Singapore boards
HRD Singapore (blog) | 30-Jan-2018
Singapore needs to work harder at having more female corporate directors, even as it has made some progress in making its boards more diverse.

Potential avenues for domestic employer-worker solidarity in the Philippines
Open Democracy | 29-Jan-2018
From passive observers to active members in the fight for domestic workers rights, domestic employers in the Philippines may have gone a long way, but more work needs to be done.

Asia week ahead: Fed FOMC, NFP
IG | 26-Jan-2018
This sets the tone for politics to remain in the spotlight, even as we step into a week packed with key data releases and the first Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting of the year.

Timely review of Employment Act
The Straits Times | 25-Jan-2018
More professionals, managers and executives (PMEs) could be given protection from employment woes under an ongoing review of Singapore's main labour law.

Should commercial surrogacy be legalised?
The Straits Times | 17-Jan-2018
Does Singapore condone commercial surrogacy? This question is in the limelight with a court judgment on a Singaporean doctor's bid to adopt a boy he fathered through a commercial surrogacy arrangement in the United States.

Will 2018 Be The Year Of Labour Law Reforms? First Of The Four Promised Codes May Seek Parliament Nod This Budget Session
Swarajya | 15-Jan-2018
A major complaint by businesses of all sizes in India has been that country needs to overhaul its labour laws - at the moment dozens of labour law codes are operational making implementation more difficult and incentivising corruption. In fact, so numerous and Byzantine are the existing codes that even getting an accurate count of these codes sometimes yields different results.

Singapore High Court rules widow can claim work injury compensation
HRD Singapore (blog) | 11-Jan-2018
Dependents of an employee who died in a workplace accident can claim work injury compensation even without first being appointed executors or administrators of his estate, Singapore’s high court ruled.

J&K to have uniform labour law, says Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu
The Indian Express | 09-Jan-2018
Jammu and Kashmir will soon become the first state in the country to have a uniform labour law, state Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu said on Monday, adding that the PDP-BJP government may bring a Bill in this regard in both Houses of the state legislature during the current Budget session.

Teachers’ union to register on January 15
Myanmar Times | 08-Jan-2018
The Basic Education Worker Union Committee, formed on March 2017, will officially register a Basic Education Worker Union on January 15.

India: Happy New Year! New Labour Law For India's Commercial Cities Mumbai And Pune
Mondaq News Alerts | 04-Jan-2018
Maharashtra Shops and Establishments (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 2017 has been made effective from December 19, 2017. As a result, the erstwhile Maharashtra Shops and Establishments Act, 1948 stands repealed.

Electronics manufacturing needs a policy push
Livemint | 03-Jan-2018
A growing middle class, rising disposable incomes, declining prices of electronics and a number of government initiatives have led to a fast-growing market for electronics and hardware products. However, India’s weak manufacturing base has not been able to respond to this increasing demand, leading to a growing trade deficit.

Union claims casino labour abuse
Khmer Times | 02-Jan-2018
The Collective Union of Movement of Workers has sent a letter to the Ministry of Labour seeking intervention over abusive working conditions for staffers at a casino in Banteay Meanchey province’s Poipet town.

Mill worker deaths fuels employment concerns in India garment sector
Reuters | 27-Dec-2017
CHENNAI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The death of a 21-year-old woman working in a garment factory in south India has reignited concerns among rights campaigners over the working conditions of low-paid textile workers in the multi-billion dollar industry.

U.S. tax law may spur cuts by other nations, fuelling trade tensions
TODAYonline | 26-Dec-2017
WASHINGTON D.C. — To President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans, the overhaul of the tax code that became law Friday (Dec 22) will make the United States a better place to do business.

Proposed law to ban insulting monarchy prompts free speech fears
The Phnom Penh Post | 21-Dec-2017
Minister of Interior Sar Kheng held a meeting with other top ministry officials yesterday to discuss introducing a legal amendment banning insults to the King, similar to so-called “lèse-majesté” laws in Thailand, which critics have characterised as a cudgel to suppress dissent.

Episode 10: Education crisis in Shan State
Frontier Myanmar | 20-Dec-2017
This week we hear about the growing education problem for the Pa'O people of Shan State, where children are forced to leave their villages in search of better schooling in Yangon and elsewhere in Myanmar. Listen on Soundcloud or YouTube below.

Tenaganita hopeful for domestic workers bill to be tabled next year
Free Malaysia Today | 19-Dec-2017
PETALING JAYA: Human rights organisation Tenaganita today expressed hope that a domestic workers bill it helped draft can be pushed into Parliament next year.

A tale of two conferences: exploring the politics of global child labour policies
Open Democracy | 14-Dec-2017
In the fall of 2017 both authors attended two international conferences concerning working children (La Paz, Bolivia) and child labour (Buenos Aires, Argentina). In the following report they reflect on the two events, providing insights into the different positions, underpinnings and politics in global policymaking on child labour.

New Zealand Labour government set to introduce law banning foreign homebuyers
Reuters UK | 13-Dec-2017
WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand’s housing minister said on Wednesday the new government would introduce a law banning foreigners, including students and temporary workers, from buying existing homes into the country’s Parliament the following day.

Australia fights to boost domestic shipping
Ship Technology | 12-Dec-2017
Australian unions have launched a new campaign ‘to save Australian shipping’, at a time when the number of Aussie-flagged vessels continues to decline and jobs are being offshored. Abi Millar looks at the threats to Australian maritime labour and ask what the campaign aims to achieve.

Landmark discrimination decision handed down in China
HRD Singapore (blog) | 08-Dec-2017
A Beijing woman has won a landmark discrimination case after she was dismissed by her employer because she was pregnant.

Stepping up to the plate
HRD Singapore (blog) | 14-Dec-2017
HR jobs will not be spared from digital disruption and it’s time for HR professionals to get serious about staying relevant and upping their own skills. The IHRP Certification Framework provides the way forward

Two hosts charged over illegal home sharing: Airbnb laws in various cities
The Straits Times | 06-Dec-2017
SINGAPORE - Two men were charged on Tuesday (Dec 5) over their roles in providing unauthorised short-term stays to tenants.

China’s people moved by the markets rather than party diktats
Financial Times | 30-Nov-2017
Planned economies attempt to control not only the “commanding heights” of industry but also the movement of their people. The transformation of China’s economy into the powerhouse it is today came about only after Chinese were allowed to leave subsistence farms for factories and cities.

Fiji Mediation Services received a total of 1220 employment grievances
Fijivillage | 27-Nov-2017
The Fiji Mediation Services has received a total of 1220 employment grievances cases from January to October this year compared to 839 in 2016.

Singapore committed to women's rights and equality: MSF [The Straits Times] (press release) | 24-Nov-2017
Singapore remains committed to the protection of women's rights, and is continuing to take steps to promote gender equality.

UN committee issues recommendations to tackle discrimination against women in Singapore
The Straits Times | 23-Nov-2017
SINGAPORE - A United Nations committee has repeated its recommendation that Singapore include in its Constitution or laws a definition and prohibition of all forms of discrimination against women.

45,500 undocumented migrant workers return
Eleven Myanmar | 22-Nov-2017
After the enactment of new labour laws, Myanmar migrant workers who don’t have the correct documents to work in Thailand and Malaysia are returning to Myanmar in large numbers. By November 19, the number reached 45,570.

Govt okays draft labour laws
The Daily Star | 22-Nov-2017
The government today finalised the drafts on the amendments to the Labour Act, 2006 and the Export-Processing Zones (EPZ) Labour Act, 2016, incorporating the provision that the Workers Welfare Association will act as trade union.