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Do you need to recycle E-Waste in Singapore? What is E-Waste?

Reading Time: 5 minutesAs technology is rapidly advancing, we see more and more older electronic items disposed of after becoming obsolete.  Old TVs, refrigerators, air conditioners, are now seen to be picked up by “Karangoonis” or by public waste collectors (PWCs). However, more often than not, by taking a step forward in the technology world, we are actually […]

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Organ Trading in Singapore – Is it time to lift the ban?

Reading Time: 5 minutesOrgan trading is illegal In 2008,  prominent businessman Tang Wee Sung, then owner of the CK Tang departmental store was jailed for a day and fined $17,000 for trying to purchase a kidney. Organ trading is illegal in Singapore and banned by the Human Organ Transplant Act (HOTA). Despite various amendments to the law, organ […]

Can you apply for maintenance orders while still in a legal matrimonial relationship?

Reading Time: 3 minutesA common misconception that many have is that maintenance orders may only be made following divorce proceedings. However, did you know that you may apply for a maintenance order while still in a subsisting marriage? The table below summarises whom may apply for reasonable maintenance under Section 69 of the Women’s Charter. Maintenance for Applicant […]

ASEAN Employment Legal Update 2018 Q.4

Reading Time: 11 minutesDFDL’s Employment Practice Group is dedicated to advising clients on employment and labor issues and preparing human resources documentation that is compliant with local laws.  Our employment team’s in-depth knowledge of the law and practices in the countries where we operate allows us to provide specialized, tailored, and practical advice on issues that arise in […]

5 Legal Tips for Your Esports Team Business

Reading Time: 6 minutesAre you looking to start an esports team? In this final article of a two part series on eports and law by video games and entertainment lawyer, Adrian Kwong, we look at things from the perspective of someone on the business side, such as a team owner or manager. In the first article, I touched […]

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Divorce Mediation in Singapore

Reading Time: 7 minutesWe’ve all seen movies or heard stories about bad divorces where the divorcing parties are enraged with each other, arguing furiously over the division of matrimonial assets, maintenance and child custody amongst many things. Going through a divorce can be a very painful and sometimes, cruel process for all parties involved. There can also be […]

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Living Organ Donation in Singapore

Reading Time: 6 minutesWhat do you need to know if you want to donate your organ?  Compared to other countries, Singapore has a fairly low combined organ transplant rate Last year, the Ministry of Health revealed that the national public education campaign on organ donation, “Live On” – which was first launched in 2008 – appeared to have […]

Grandparents’ Rights under the Family Law Act in Australia

Reading Time: 3 minutesGrandparents are playing a greater role in many families, often due to the high cost of childcare and increasing rates of divorce.  But what happens when a grandparent is refused time with their grandchild or wishes to assume full care of a child?  What are grandparents’ rights in these circumstances? What the law says The […]

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The Court of Final Appeal’s ruling on the right to dependent visas for same-sex couples in Hong Kong

Reading Time: 4 minutesIntroduction In our October 2017 newsletter, we discussed the judgment of the Court of Appeal (the “CA”) in QT v Director of Immigration CACV 117/2016, where the decision of the Court of First Instance (the “CFI”) was reversed and the CA held that the Director of Immigration’s refusal to grant dependant visa to an expatriate in a same-sex […]

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Employment Claims Tribunals to hear wrongful dismissal and salary-related claims from April 2019

Reading Time: 6 minutesThe story In 60 Seconds Proposed amendments to the Employment Act (“EA“) include the enhancement of the existing employment dispute resolution framework. This includes empowering the Employment Claims Tribunal (“ECT“) to adjudicate wrongful dismissal claims, in addition to salary-related disputes, with effect from 1 April 2019. Read with other tabled changes to the EA, the […]

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Changes to the Employment Act (2018 and beyond): What you need to know

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe Employment Act (EA) is Singapore’s main labour law which provides the basic terms and working conditions for all employee. On 5th March this year, the Ministry of Manpower announced plans to expand the fundamental coverage of the EA. This was a response to a fast-changing workforce where the number of PMETs (professionals, managers, executives […]

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5 Things to Know for Part-time Workers in Singapore

Reading Time: 5 minutesNowadays, part-time employees constitute an important section of the workforce. People may choose to work part-time due to various reasons: more leisure time, better work-life balance, a transition to full-time jobs. Employers, on the other hand, may also prefer part-time workers for higher flexibility and lower employment costs. Thus, to protect your right as a […]