HR Tech Asia Online 2021 drew to a successful conclusion with a closer look at the future of work in South-East Asia.
Support will also be extended for an existing scheme that encourages domestic travel until end-February as the pandemic situation eases.
Day 2 of HR Tech Festival Asia Online 2021 provided key insights into workforce issues such as employee experience, leadership, and hybrid work.
HR Tech Festival Asia Online 2021 concludes with the ASEAN Future of Work conference track, which puts the spotlight on South-East Asia's workforce.
51% of the RM490 billion (US$116.93 billion) allocated under the eight pandemic stimulus packages has been disbursed so far.
It expects that strict lockdowns in New South Wales and Victoria state are likely to see the national economy shrink over the September quarter.
Foreign business chambers are urging the government to reopen the local economy to retain investments in the country.
The schemes have so far granted a total of HK$170 billion (US$21.8 billion) in loans to 67,000 applicants, which include 41,600 companies.
Day 1 of HR Tech Festival Asia Online 2021 highlighted how HR leaders can help their organisations prepare themselves for the future.
The payouts are expected to benefit over 43,900 employers in Singapore to support the wages of more than 570,000 local employees.
Commencing from September 21, the disbursement will be rolled out twice, once in September and another in November.
The proportion of Australians working from home had increased from 8% to 40% over the past two year, according to an official review.
Companies should also remain outward-looking and stay engaged with the global economy, said the trade and industry minister
Thousands of Australian healthcare workers risk losing their jobs if they opt not to be vaccinated under new government rules.
The jobless rate was the lowest since data was published in June 1999, down from July’s jobless rate of 3.3%.
The implementation rate of remote work in large companies shows a trend of being about twice that of SMEs during the pandemic.
The Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) has urged help to be provided for SMEs in next year’s budget to enable employers to create more jobs.
The improved business sentiment has been attributed to the global economic recovery and the improved local COVID-19 situation.
A Facebook group “Jobs Without Jabs Australia” with 20,000 members is opposing the vaccination requirement for jobs.
Japan's health ministry has found that clusters at workplaces were due to insufficient anti-COVID measures.
To qualify, companies must suffer at least a 30% fall in revenue over seven days as a result of being under alert level 2 or higher.
Unions have lauded the decision to provide payments to workers over 17 years of age if certain conditions are met.
The funds will financially support companies and employees affected by the latest measures to contain the latest spike in COVID-19 cases.
While the debate rages on in many countries if COVID-19 vaccination should be mandatory, all considerations should be people-driven.
The 2022 budget will focus on job and income recovery and provide more targeted assistance to boost socio-economic resilience.
Employers are urging the government to allow people who have received their first vaccine dose to get back to work to prevent their businesses from shuttering.
The resident unemployment rate increased from 3.5% to 3.7%, while the citizen unemployment rate rose from 3.7% to 3.9%.
Authorities are looking into the wider use of antigen rapid tests at the workplace and will be establishing further testing guidelines.
The association warned that SMEs were in their most vulnerable stage and would likely shut down if the economy remained closed.
Over 25,000 businesses have signed an Auckland Business Chamber petition calling for the provision of more financial support.