HR Tech Asia Online 2021 drew to a successful conclusion with a closer look at the future of work in South-East Asia.
The date for deciding on the minimum wage for next year has been postponed to October 8 as announced by the Ministry of Labour (MOL).
Changes to the Fair Work Act were passed in March, allowing casual staff the right to convert to permanent employment after 12 months of work.
The current minimum wage of RM1,200 (US$286) per month can be revised upwards in stages, a former minister has suggested.
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.
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 Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) has called on the government to do more to address the gender gap for women in the workforce.
The payouts are expected to benefit over 43,900 employers in Singapore to support the wages of more than 570,000 local employees.
Three organisations have banded together to launch an initiative to enhance financial literacy and inclusion among young entrepreneurs and SMEs.
19 occupational risk factors identified included long working hours, and workplace exposure to air pollution, asthmagens, carcinogens and noise.
A white paper with "concrete proposals" to tackle issues concerning women will be presented in Parliament in early 2022.
Commencing from September 21, the disbursement will be rolled out twice, once in September and another in November.
The Childcare Policy Alliance (CPA) has urged the government to reform labour laws to boost the birth rate and retain married women in the workforce.
Taking place from September 21-23, HR Tech Festival Asia Online 2021 will provide new ideas and key insights to build HR’s roadmap for 2022.
The government has been urged to address gender gaps exacerbated by the pandemic when formulating next year’s budget.
The NGO has called on the government to better align laws and policies in key areas such as maternity leave, as well as cash and medical benefits.
An advisory committee expects to provide recommendations that require legislative change by the second half of next year.
Negotiations on next year’s minimum wage for workers in the garment, textile and footwear sectors are underway.
Thousands of Australian healthcare workers risk losing their jobs if they opt not to be vaccinated under new government rules.
Both formal and informal workplaces in the country have been encouraged not to discriminate against women and have inclusive company policies.
Current guidelines states that a class should stop in-person activities if one student tests positive for the COVID-19 virus.
As part of HR Tech Festival Asia Online 2021, the ASEAN Future of Work conference track will examine how to create a more inclusive workforce in the region.
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.