I’m a foreign worker in Singapore. Where can I seek help?

Reading Time: 6 minutesLegal help for foreigners in Singapore: The Story In 60 Seconds While foreigners may not qualify for legal aid in Singapore, there are still a few avenues for legal assistance. One key element in this support is a free legal clinic, where you may have a brief consultation with a lawyer for little or no […]

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When can a company or employer be responsible for an employee’s misdeeds?

Reading Time: 4 minutesIn most cases, a company is more powerful than its employee. As Uncle Ben in the movie Spider-Man said, “With great power comes great responsibility”. In situations where an employee makes a mistake that injures a third party, the employer (i.e. the company) could be held responsible even it did not know of the employee’s […]

Non-disclosure of conflicts of interest may be a crime in Hong Kong – procurement staff beware

Reading Time: 4 minutesIn both public and private sectors, employees of different levels might be empowered to make decisions on engagement of suppliers and contractors etc. It might be very tempting for such employee to procure contracts to be awarded to entities which he or his family members have interests. However, if no proper declaration of interest was […]

Myanmar Tax Alert: Myanmar Passes The 2018-2019 Union Tax Law

Reading Time: 4 minutesOn 25 September 2018, the Union Parliament (“Pyidaungsu Hluttaw”) enacted the 2018-2019 Union Tax Law (“2018-2019 UTL”) which provides clarity on the transition period regarding the change in the tax year of reporting along with tax rates and exemptions applicable to certain goods and services in Myanmar. For State-owned enterprises (“SOEs”), the 2018-2019 UTL is effective […]

What are the legal obligations when writing employee references?

Reading Time: 8 minutesIntroduction – A lesson to be shared The departure of an employee is a common occurrence and there are many reasons why one would choose to leave his work. Whatever the reason may be, it is not uncommon for an employer to receive requests from prospective employers for references of the departing/departed employee. An employee […]

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Tendering Your Resignation

Reading Time: 4 minutesIt’s sure tempting to tender your resignation with a bang Come on, admit it, we’ve all fantasised at some point about quitting your job, and tendering your resignation with such unmitigated gall and audacity, that you walk out of that door while your supervisor and colleagues stare at you slack-jawed in amazement. But it is not […]

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Employment Contracts for Singaporeans & PRs: What You Should Know

Reading Time: 6 minutesWhat is an employment contract? An employment contract is a legally binding document between your employer and you. Also known as a ‘Contract of Service’, it governs your relationship with your employer, and where applicable, the Employment Act sets out your basic terms and conditions of employment, as well as the rights and responsibilities of employer […]

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Preventing Former Employees From Stealing Trade Secrets

Reading Time: 4 minutesYour former employee just got a plum job – but she has your trade secrets! That is the nightmare that publicly listed Australian steel company, BlueScope Steel, faced in 2015 when it uncovered a massive, four-year-long effort by a former software development manager to steal nearly 40 gigabytes of its deepest trade secrets and intellectual […]

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Maternity Leave & Paternity Leave in Singapore [with Infographic]

Reading Time: 5 minutesIn recent years, Singapore has established a more robust system of maternity and paternity leave to support young parents in the workforce. This came in the form of longer paternity leave and the introduction of shared parental leave for working fathers, as the Government explores new ways to encourage young couples to have babies. Singapore […]

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7 Must-knows for Every Freelancer

Reading Time: 8 minutesIncreasing numbers of freelancers or self-employed people in Singapore A recent survey conducted by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) this year reported that the increase in the number of freelance workers could be attributed to the emergence of the sharing-economy platforms or gig economy platforms. Grab, Uber, Deliveroo are examples of such modern economy platforms. […]

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The Truth You Never Knew About Non-Compete and Non-Solicitation Clauses

Reading Time: 3 minutesAs an employer, you would not be unfamiliar with non-compete and non-solicitation clauses. Collectively known as restraint of trade (ROT) clauses, employers or their lawyers have probably drafted one form or another of ROT clauses into your standard employment contracts so as to restrain employees from engaging in certain activities. Nevertheless, despite your employee’s signature […]

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The Employment Act in Singapore Simplified – What You Need to Know as an Employer

Reading Time: 10 minutesWhat is the Employment Act?  The Employment Act (Cap 91, Rev Ed. 2016) (“the Employment Act”) authoritatively prescribes the minimum standard of employment terms for applicable employees in Singapore. In order to avoid prosecution, employers must know whether the Employment Act applies to their employees, and if applicable, how the Employment Act applies exactly. While […]