The government wants greater premium payments from employers and employees as the employment insurance system is running low on funds.
Data on informal workers is scarce and can currently only be collected from an online portal launched in August, called e-Shram.
In wage negotiations held earlier this year, businesses had agreed to an average 1.78% wage hike, in response to expectations of a 4% pay hike.
These include some 1.85 million workers who had their labour contracts temporarily suspended or were told to take unpaid leave.
SMEs struggle to create appropriate career development opportunities for their workers, making it hard for them to attract and retain talent.
About 55,000 West Australians were opposed to getting the vaccine, with 39,000 of them being in jobs where COVID-19 vaccination was mandatory.
The majority of employers are still waiting for January 2022 to start hiring new staff and utilise incentives awarded to them.
Working from home would remain part of the way the public service will operate in the future, said the Public Service Commissioner
Although flexible working schedules have been implemented since the pandemic outbreak last year, there are no laws governing the matter.
Displaced or disadvantaged workers receive an average of 10 to 90 days of work compensation based on the minimum wage.
The government approved an economic stimulus package last week, which includes cash handouts and vouchers to lower-income households.
JobTrainer provides access for those eligible to free or low-fee courses, preparing workers for fast-growing industries.
The support provided through a public programme totalled RM7.172 billion, and has exceeded the initial target of supporting 188,345 entrepreneurs.
The government will have to amend parts of the law within two years, or it would be deemed unconstitutional.
A total of 56,000 jobs have been created under MySTEP, the government’s short-term employment programme.
By Q3’21, the total number of people employed had fallen by 196,400, of which 113,500 jobs were lost during the circuit breaker period in Q2’21.
Small businesses will be compensated for their incurred losses because of COVID-19 restrictions, although some businesses are exempted from this.
A “no work, no pay” scheme should only serve as a last resort for employers when dealing with their unvaccinated workers.
Some 29.2% of foreign investment companies with over 300 employees felt most uneasy about the introduction of the workplace disaster law.
In October, a total of 456,000 people were out of work, down 15,000 from the previous month, as the domestic employment market continues to improve.
The proportion of non-regular workers in the country has also been increasing, rising by 5.5 percentage points from 2017 to 2021.
Wage support to businesses in sectors hit hard by the pandemic, such as F&B, retail, and tourism, will be lowered from 25% to 10%.
The package has been reported to include cash support for small companies, as well as pay raises for nurses and care workers.
The move is expected to benefit 820,000 military personnel, public school teachers and civil servants, and 200,000 contract workers.
As the labour market changes, it should serve more employees by expanding its reach and addressing workers’ holistic need, said Singapore’s Deputy PM.
From 2022, the bulk of the cost of public insurance costs for the self-employed and gig workers will be paid by the state.
China’s surveyed urban unemployment rate averaged 5.1% from January to October this year, as more young people gained employment.
The Council of Trade Unions’ call to increase the minimum wage to NZ$22.75 is in line with the current living wage.
Chairman of the Japan Business Federation also backed the call, encouraging profit-earning firms to increase workers’ wages.
The final decision on the increase will be decided by the governor of each province, and based on the data published by Statistics Indonesia.