Twenty-five MPs have appealed to the government to implement six months of automatic loan moratorium to save jobs.
Under current safe management measures, peak-hour travel on public transport in January has risen by 11%, compared to November 2020.
To overcome the fallout from the pandemic, Indonesia has urged fellow ASEAN member countries to accelerate digitalisation.
The proportion of teleworkers fell to 22% in mid-January, from 31.5 % in May 2020, when the country was under its first state of emergency.
Lawmakers are proposing heavier disciplinary measures on workplaces which violate workplace safety in an effort to enhance risk management.
The training programmes may also need to focus on promoting livelihoods and self-employment skills in rural areas, said the World Bank
Member of the Japan House of Councillors Kuniko Inoguchi is backing a bill that would give workers a four-day work week.
Although employment has recovered 90% of the fall from March to May, the recovery in part-time employment has outpaced full-time employment.
Labour minister Law Chi-Kwong said the proposal to gradually increase the number of statutory holidays from 12 to 17 by 2030 is “most acceptable”.
There are large potential returns to be reaped by businesses, stemming from productivity increases from fourth industrial revolution tech, says ADB.
The Social Security Organisation (Socso) has committed to the quick implementation of the Permai financial package.
Among new recruits last December, some 407,000 people had experience working at a second job, data shows.
Twenty-nine organisations from the Trade Associations & Chambers (TACs) have pledged their support for fair hiring and employment practices.
Sectors like IT and communications; trades and services; transport and logistics; and manufacturing have seen the most postings.
The government is considering whether some activity under the manufacturing sector should also have the flexibility to work from home (WFH).
The priority should be to protect jobs rather than a uniform pay hike, it said as it unveiled guidelines to the upcoming wage talks.
To help workers laid off due to the recent resurgence of COVID-19, the Labour Ministry has compiled a list of 58,151 job openings.
Australia’s Commonwealth Bank intends to keep a hybrid model of staff working from the office and home.
Though the overall unemployment rate is falling, hiring is not likely to surge in the short term.
Initiatives include a one-off monetary assistance for taxi and bus drivers, and a special three-month electric bills discount for six business sectors.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the government will initiate a seed fund for startups of Rs10 billion (US$136.3 million).
Problems facing workers who work from home and their employers need greater attention, including the rights and risks involved, says the ILO.
In Singapore, as more employees head back to the office, giving them more flexibility over work arrangements can boost their mental well-being.
The Malaysian Trades Union Congress had previously proposed emergency employment laws to be enacted to prevent businesses from retrenching workers.
An OECD report has calculated that by 2050, Japan’s working-age population would have declined to 61.8%.
The average loan taken by SMEs amounted to US$122,514.
Finance minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith has proposed for 210 billion baht (US$7 billion) to be given as cash handouts to individuals and companies.
The amendment to the special measures law is set to be enacted by the Japanese government in early February.
Senior minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said the country needs to raise the salaries of workers at the bottom of the ladder.
The increase in vacancies reflect the pace of recovery in labour demand in the second half of the year, says labour stats chief.