Most in-demand Singapore HR roles in 2018
HRD Singapore (blog) | 22-Jun-2018
As Singapore faces a strong hiring outlook in 2018 based on MOM’s latest labour report, HR professionals will remain busy and continue to be in demand.

Amazon blasted by labour group over China factory conditions
The Star Online | 11-Jun-2018
A watchdog group is calling on Inc to improve conditions for factory workers in China who make Echo speakers and Kindle e-readers, renewing criticisms that CEO Jeff Bezos became the world’s wealthiest man on the backs of low-paid labourers.

Singapore to set up “ethics council” on use of AI and data
Channel Asia Singapore (press release) | 06-Jun-2018
Singapore is to set up an advisory council on the ethical use of artificial intelligence (AI) and data chaired by former attorney-general V.K. Rajah SC, taking on an advisory role and including thought leaders from local and international companies.

SMU team does Singapore proud by winning prestigious International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition for the 3rd time in 4 years
Perspectives@SMU | 05-Jun-2018
Singapore, 4 June 2018 (Monday) – Mooters from the Singapore Management University (SMU) School of Law have been declared champions at the 2018 International Criminal Court (ICC) Moot Court Competition at the International Round held in The Hague, The Netherlands, from 27 May to 1 June. SMU made its debut only in the eighth edition of this competition in 2015, and has reached the competition’s final round four years in a row, winning in 2015, 2016 and 2018. With this third championship title, SMU has improved its tournament-best record, having achieved the most number of finals appearances and championship wins in what is the world's largest and most prestigious competition on international criminal law.

New Child Labour Law is a Mirage, Inimical: Supreme Court Judge Ranjan Gogoi
News18 | 04-Jun-2018
New Delhi: Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who is next in line to become the Chief Justice of India (CJI), has called the new Child Labour Act a “mirage”, pointing out that the 2016 law in fact allows child labour.

Labour Law amended
The Phnom Penh Post | 31-May-2018
Prime Minister Hun Sen has said the Labour Law amendment on workers’ benefits, recently approved by the Council of Ministers, will ensure all employers pay full severance and benefits to employees every six months.

Workers to raise Myanmar labour laws at ILO meeting
Myanmar Times | 30-May-2018
The Confederation of Trade Union Myanmar (CTUM) will study the experiences of worker organisations in other countries to strengthen labour laws and increase protection for Myanmar’s workers at the International Labour Conference, which started Monday.

Draft labour law flown to Geneva
The Daily Star | 28-May-2018
Bangladesh is going to the International Labour Conference in Geneva with the draft copy of the amended labour law to satisfy the international community.

Korean factory bars 61 union members for causing unrest
Myanmar Times | 24-May-2018
Scores of union members were barred from returning to work by company officials at South Korean wig manufacturer Macdo in Mingalardon Industrial Zone in Yangon on Tuesday after weeks of labour tension at the firm.

Police stepping up operations to combat human trafficking
The Phnom Penh Post | 23-May-2018
The National Committee for Counter Trafficking (NCCT) said on Tuesday that operations against human trafficking and sexual exploitation networks are increasing.

Kantar: Customer journeys must be redefined
CMO | 22-May-2018
Empowerment of customers has required almost every business to transform, whether they know it or not, and customer journeys need to be ex-examined if true CX transformation is to be achieved.

Compensation may increase in Bangladesh labour law | 21-May-2018
The government and representatives of factory owners and workers have reached a consensus on raising compensation for workplace death and injury in the labour law.

LabouredLAWS: Fix India’s rigid labour laws first, deterrent punishment for violations can follow
Financial Express | 14-May-2018
The draft labour code on social security 2018 talks of community service for individuals in a company’s top management for violations of mandatory social security provisions. If a violation attracts a fine and a jail sentence of up to two years, the choice of undertaking a fixed number of hours of community service will be extended to the top executives in lieu of the jail-term. Violations that will attract a community service order include failure to pay social security contribution of workers, maintain records and furnish information to inspectors, pay gratuity, provide creche facility and retrenching women workers during maternity leave.

Government drafting policy on exporting maids
Myanmar Times | 04-May-2018
The Myanmar Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population is currently drafting a policy regarding sending Myanmar workers abroad, Minister U Thein Swe told The Myanmar Times on International Labour Day on Tuesday.

Firms accused of ignoring new labour act
Bangkok Post | 03-May-2018
Elderly workers have complained that their bosses are reluctant to pay them retirement benefits despite being required to do so by an amendment to the Labour Protection Act which came into effect last...

Myanmar judge refuses to throw out whistleblower's testimony
National Post | 02-May-2018
YANGON, Myanmar — The judge in the trial of two Reuters journalists in Myanmar rejected on Wednesday a prosecution request to throw out the testimony of a police whistleblower who had told the court that the reporters, facing charges of possessing state secrets, had been set up by the authorities.

Myanmar policeman who testified Reuters reporters were framed is sentenced to prison - police
Reuters | 30-Apr-2018
Captain Moe Yan Naing told the court on April 20 that a senior officer had ordered police to “trap” one of the two journalists arrested in December. He said officers had been told to meet reporter Wa Lone at a restaurant in Yangon and give him “secret documents.”

4G leaders to helm 10 of 16 ministries in major reshuffle
The Straits Times | 25-Apr-2018
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has announced the biggest shake-up of his Cabinet in recent years, involving all ministries but one.

Singapore Cabinet reshuffle: 4G leaders now helming two-thirds of ministries
The Business Times | 24-Apr-2018
PRIME Minister Lee Hsien Loong has announced the biggest shake-up of his Cabinet in recent years, involving all ministries but one.

4G leaders expected to helm ‘all but a handful of ministries’
TODAYonline | 23-Apr-2018
SINGAPORE — Following Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s remarks that the imminent Cabinet reshuffle will involve almost all ministries, political watchers expect the changes to be one of the most sweeping ever, to give younger ministers more exposure and new responsibilities.

Improved career guidance for former inmates re-entering job market
The Straits Times | 19-Apr-2018
SINGAPORE - For many workers, the fast-changing labour market is a great concern. For prisoners re-entering society after years out of the job market, it poses an even greater challenge.

The Death of the Singapore Dream
The Online Citizen | 16-Apr-2018
I grew up on the Singapore Dream. Study hard, get good grades, go to a good school, get a good degree, get a good job. Be a doctor, lawyer, engineer, some high-status PMET with an enviable pay package and guaranteed Central Provident Fund contributions. Then, and only then, will you be successful.

Garment industry gears up for rise in minimum wage
DVB | 12-Apr-2018
With Burma’s new president sworn in late last month, one document awaiting his signature is amended legislation that would increase the minimum wage by 33 percent.

Review of the Singapore Employment Act: What to Expect
The National Law Review | 11-Apr-2018
The employment landscape in Singapore continues to evolve dynamically in tandem with the growth and maturity of its domestic economy and workforce. Accordingly, the Employment Act (“EA”), Singapore’s main employment legislation, is being reviewed in order to ensure it remains up-to-date and relevant.

Singapore - Major Employment Law Changes Announced
Lexology | 10-Apr-2018
Significant changes to the Employment Act ("EA") were announced in Parliament in March 2018. Details of the amendments are likely to be made public later this year, and these amendments are expected to become law by 1 April 2019 ("Effective Date").

Payouts raise concerns for garment workers at shuttered factories
The Phnom Penh Post | 09-Apr-2018
Garment workers from four factories have raised concerns over compensation packages prepared by the Labour Ministry and posted on the walls of the factories, claiming the allotments do not match how much was owed to them.

Singapore seen poised for first monetary policy tightening in six years: poll
The Business Times | 06-Apr-2018
[SINGAPORE] Singapore's central bank is expected to tighten monetary policy in April for the first time in six years, with economic growth seen solid enough to shift away from a stance associated with periods of acute weakness.

Thousands of Myanmar workers miss Thai deadline
Myanmar Times | 05-Apr-2018
An estimated 100,000 migrant workers who failed to meet the Thai government’s Saturday deadline to secure legal documents to live and work in the kingdom must return home soon or face legal action, the Myanmar embassy in Thailand said.

Workers ask government to monitor wage hike implementation
Myanmar Times | 03-Apr-2018
Following the decision by the National Committee for the Minimum Wage to increase the daily basic wage to K4800, a campaign has been organised to call for the government to strictly enforce its implementation.

Commentary: 2018 the year of women but is closing the gender pay gap still an elusive goal?
Channel NewsAsia | 02-Apr-2018
SINGAPORE: Only three months into 2018, and it feels as though it’s proving to be The Year of Women.

Marcura Bulks Up its Compliance Team for GDPR
The Maritime Executive | 29-Mar-2018
The Marcura Group, a Dubai-based group of companies focused on providing innovative business solutions to the maritime industry, today announced the appointment of TenIntelligence Limited's Richard Bell as its external Data Protection Officer (DPO). This appointment follows the recent hiring of Peter Meyer as a Data Protection Specialist working under the Group's Legal & Compliance Department.

Female migrant workers in Asia face discrimination
International Law Office | 28-Mar-2018
Female migrant workers in parts of Asia face discrimination and risk being deported if they become pregnant, research has found.

Labour department defends firing of casino employee
Khmer Times | 26-Mar-2018
The Banteay Meanchey provincial labour department issued an official letter in support of a casino that sacked an employee after the department confirmed the employee had reported false information to the media.

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.