The government’s subsidy programme has disbursed US$24 million to pregnant workers since its launch in January 2018.
The financial sector is expected to create 6,500 new jobs this year, building on its net gain of 2,200 positions last year.
In an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, employers need to reduce the number of staff in the office from the current 75% back to 50%.
The government is encouraging workers to relocate to less-populated areas of the country while still employed by businesses based in Tokyo.
Chief Executive Carrie Lam has affirmed her commitment to create jobs, improve employee welfare and boost protection of workers’ interests.
Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services (Cuepacs) has called for the revision of minimum wages and the remuneration system.
Unions and NGOs are calling on the government to tighten safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE) has included COVID-19 in its list of occupational and work-related diseases.
To help workers achieve a better work-life balance, the Tripartite Standard on Work-Life Harmony (TSWLH) has been launched.
To observe Labour Day, 5,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be given to minimum wage earners and overseas Filipino workers.
To help MSMEs recover from the pandemic, the Asian Development Bank is urging governments to consider more targeted and differentiated assistance.
Singapore’s labour market is showing shoots of recovery with total employment growing by 4,800 in Q1’21 after four consecutive quarters of decline.
Over the past year, Singaporeans’ perception of the job market has shown marked improvement, while their job security levels remain largely unchanged.
To spur job creation, the country’s biggest employers’ association has called on the government to waive off fees for the renewal of existing permits and licences.
To increase women’s participation in the workforce, the Australian government is considering increasing childcare subsidies in its upcoming budget.
Japan’s SMEs and some members of the ruling party are opposing prime minister Yoshihide Suga’s proposal to increase the minimum wage.
The Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) has said vaccinations are still on a voluntary basis unless the government makes it mandatory for workers.
The number of employed women aged between 25 and 54 fell by 541,000 year-on-year last March, more than the 327,000 for men in the same age group.
In a first of its kind, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has upheld the termination of a childcare worker who had refused to get a flu jab.
Minister of trade Muhammad Lutfi said the use of digital technology is vital for micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to compete globally.
The labour ministry is advocating for companies to adopt digital payrolls within the current fiscal year, though safety concerns remain.
Data from the General Statistics Office (GSO) showed that the average income of workers rose 5.7% in Q1 compared to Q4 of 2020.
To help workers made jobless by the latest COVID-19 wave, the country’s Ministry of Labour is compiling a list of more than 225,000 job vacancies.
8.8% of workers in the country are paid a basic salary below the RM1,200 (US$291) monthly minimum wage.
The Ministry of Public Health’s advisory comes as the number of COVID-19 cases are expected to spike after the Songkran festival.
In the past 10 years, the wage gap between regular and non-regular workers has increased by 490,000 won (US$438), up 47.6%.
A labour union, representing low-paid essential workers across different sectors in Japan, has urged for minimum wages to be raised.
Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) showed that 70,700 net new jobs were created in March, double the expected 35,000.
Despite the economic fallout from the pandemic, employees received the highest-ever average year-end bonus of NT$70,513 (US$2,478) last year.
To incentivise job seekers to move to new locations for work, the government is giving them an upfront cash payment of A$2,000 (US$1,539).