Bank Negara Malaysia has facilitated around RM12.06 billion (US$2.9 billion) worth of soft loans for SMEs which have been approved by local banks.
Workers at chip and electronic companies may be vaccinated to reduce disruptions to the production of computer chips which are in short supply globally.
The Ministry of Labour (MOL) has temporarily lowered the number of rest hours workers must get between shifts from 11 to eight for four industries.
High unemployment and low competitive edge are the result of workers’ unpreparedness to adapt to changes in the job market and industry, he said.
The VND27,600 billion (US$1.2 billion) relief package will support workers and businesses badly hit by the pandemic.
Employers with staff who need to work in high-risk environments should implement testing for them on a regular basis, says Enterprise Singapore.
Most employers are willing to pay to vaccinate their employees to curb the spread of the virus in their companies.
About 35.5 million people will be eligible for vaccination in the government’s efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 and open up the economy.
The government will soon pass a bill that will provide workers with extra days off should a public holiday fall on a weekend.
Local governments have been urged to relax overly strict lockdowns that are affecting production and business activity in some provinces.
The committee will provide technical inputs and recommendations to set minimum wages and a national floor for minimum wages.
The Cabinet is revising an economic stimulus bill to provide financial relief to two groups of self-employed people affected by the pandemic.
SMEs adversely hit by the full lockdown can now enroll in the Targeted Repayment Assistance (TRA) programme offered by banks.
Government employees who need to report physically for work will receive a hazard pay of P500 (US$10.4) per day.
The Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE) is urging the government to include employees who work from home in its A4 vaccination priority list.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato has said the country will start vaccination for COVID-19 at work premises and universities beginning on June 21.
Taiwan’s legislature has passed a financial relief proposal that will see NT$840 billion set aside for direct payments and loans to citizens and businesses.
The Ministry of Employment and Labour said the number of employees hired by local businesses grew 2.1% year-on-year in April.
The Department of Labour could be given more authority to penalise companies who fail to comply to WFH orders.
The government is expanding its A4 vaccination priority group to include 35.5 million more workers, who will be vaccinated beginning this month.
A statement has been issued to all factories and enterprises mandating that workers be given a paid day off in order to get vaccinated.
Premier Li Keqiang pledged to extend more support to micro and small enterprises (MSEs) and the self-employed on six fronts.
The National Economic and Social Development Council said the third wave of the pandemic is likely to lead to soaring unemployment this year.
Businesses have been told to form their own internal audit committees to ensure compliance to the stricter SOPs under the MCO.
Three major manufacturing associations are calling for the vaccination of workers against COVID-19 due to the latter’s vulnerability to infection.
South Korea’s policymakers have proposed a bill that will guarantee employees’ rights when a company is in a spinoff.
The Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) has asked business owners to provide the number of staff on-site in their workplaces.
The minimum wage in Hong Kong has been frozen for the first time since the Minimum Wage Ordinance came into effect in 2011.
The New Zealand parliament has passed a bill that will double the number of paid sick leave for employees from five to 10 days.
The average wages of private-sector urban workers increased by 4,123 yuan (US$640) to 57,727 yuan (US$8,967) annually in 2020, up 5.3% year-on-year.