Mandatory retrenchment notifications from 1 January 2017

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Mandatory retrenchment notifications from 1 January 2017 A new requirement on mandatory retrenchment notifications will take effect from 1 January 2017. The tripartite partners have issued an advisory to guide employers on complying with this requirement. Under the Workforce Singapore Agency Act, employers will need to notify the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) of retrenchments within…

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Conditions of Employment 2016

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Conditions of Employment 2016 Greater adoption of work-life initiatives by employers More employers are providing ad-hoc flexible work arrangements and leave benefits to help employees cope with personal and family commitments.  Firms that implement work-life initiatives tend to have lower employee turnover. These are the key findings from the “Conditions of Employment 2016” report released…

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Changes in SSIC code for Business Activity for some Business Entities

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Changes in SSIC code for Business Activity for some Business Entities Due to changes in the Singapore Standard Industrial Classification (SSIC) issued by the Department of Statistics, the SSIC code for the business activity of some business entities will change. SSIC 2015 incorporates recent changes in economic activities to better reflect the current structure of…

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Singapore and Australia to Share Data to Reduce Tax Evasion

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Singapore and Australia to Share Data to Reduce Tax Evasion The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (“IRAS”) and the Australian Taxation Office (“ATO”) have entered into a Competent Authority Agreement (“Agreement”) on the automatic exchange of financial account information (“AEOI”) based on the Common Reporting Standard (“CRS”). The CRS is an internationally agreed standard for…

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Total debt servicing ratio rules tweaked for refinancing of existing home loans

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Total debt servicing ratio rules tweaked for refinancing of existing home loans Existing home owners looking to refinance their home loans will enjoy more flexibility with relation to the Total Debt Servicing Ratio (TDSR), the Monetary Authority of Singapore said on Thursday (Sept 1) The move will allow property owners to take advantage of current…

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