Vaccination in the country is getting a shot in the arm as thousands of companies start inoculating their employees.
The government is supporting the proposal to let employees choose a four-day work week in its annual economic policy guideline.
A border worker who was dismissed for refusing to get the COVID-19 jab has brought her case to the Employment Relations Authority (ERA).
Hong Kong’s jobless rate fell for three consecutive months to a one-year low in May, as the economy continues to recover from the pandemic.
The Fair Wage Commission (FWC) has raised the minimum wage and related award minimum wages by 2.5%.
Total employment in the country grew in the first quarter this year, signaling a recovery in the local labour market.
Companies employing between five and 49 workers will have to comply with the 52-hour work week by next month.
The employers’ group has urged the government to provide a moratorium on compulsory contributions to tide small businesses through tough times.
The country’s urban unemployment rate fell 5.0 percentage points to 9.7% month-on-month for the week which ended on June 13.
Small businesses in the country have asked for more time to prepare for the 52-hour work week, which is set to be implemented next month.
Business owners can now make use of a new online tool developed by the government to hire their first employee, potentially preventing costly mistakes.
Online work can provide women with more employment opportunities, though it comes with its own limitations and challenges, says DOLE official.
Employees who face discrimination if they refused to be vaccinated may be able to mount a legal challenge, depending if it is “reasonable or necessary.”
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.