The latest updates on the COVID-19 situation in Singapore

Singapore’s earlier waves of imported COVID-19 cases have now dwindled as a result of border closures, with most of the cases since April involving foreign migrant workers in dormitory clusters. While community cases don’t exceed 5 each day, it’s important to remain vigilant and take precautions.  Given how quickly the tides can turn, as we’ve …

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Introducing Pacific Prime Singapore’s exclusive SME plan with Allianz Care

In a time of economic uncertainty as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, employers need to be prudent with their budget, while healthcare remains a priority for employees. This conundrum is resulting in a redefinition and reassessment of group health insurance plans. Given this, Pacific Prime Singapore is offering a new and exclusive SME Solutions …

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Work Injury Compensation Act (WICA) to include light duties

Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower (MOM) announced key changes to its Work Injury Compensation Act (WICA) back in September 2019, which is to become active this year, paving way for better employee wellbeing across the board. In this Pacific Prime Singapore article, we’ll explore one of the changes that relates to the inclusion of “light duty”, …

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The launch of Pacific Prime Singapore’s 2019-2020 State of Health Insurance report

It’s that time of the year again where Pacific Prime Singapore gets to announce the launch of our 2019-2020 edition of the State of Health Insurance report. Our team of in-house health insurance experts, along with leading global insurance partners, have sat down to pen the major challenges and trends facing the health insurance industry. …

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COVID-19: What the end of Singapore’s circuit breaker means

From June 2, 2020, Singapore will end circuit breaker measures and move into Phase 1 of the post-circuit breaker period. The announcement has left many wondering what they can and cannot do once the first phase starts. Even though more activities and businesses will gradually be permitted, some restrictions will stay in place during the …

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COVID-19 lockdown extended in Singapore until June 1

Singapore will extend its COVID-19 lockdown measures for another four weeks to June 1, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, announced on April 21. This comes after two weeks of Singapore going into a virtual lockdown that was meant to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Singapore confirmed 1,037 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday (Apr …

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COVID-19 lockdown: Singapore’s quarantine measures for foreign workers

Singapore has put almost 20,000 foreign workers under quarantine for a two-week period, following an increasing number of COVID-19 infections in recent days. On April 5, 2020, authorities said that the growing number of coronavirus cases led back to the migrant workers’ dormitories. Despite the city-state’s ability to largely contain the virus through vigorous testing …

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Coronavirus: New social distancing laws and penalties in Singapore

Singapore was one of the first countries to report cases of the coronavirus outside China, but the Lion City is also known for taking strong measures to combat the coronavirus. These include not only implementing travel advisory under the COVID-19 outbreak, such as banning all foreign nationals entering the city-state but also setting rules pertaining …

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Singapore’s Budget 2020 faces global uncertainty head-on

On February 18th, Heng Swee Keat, Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, delivered the Singapore Budget 2020. This year’s budget plan, titled “Advancing as One Singapore”, comes at a trying time for the city with a slowing economy caused by the COVID-19 virus. Budget 2020 focuses on strategic ways to meet current challenges …

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GDPR and Employee Benefits explained in our newly released Guide!

The European Union’s GDPR rules came into effect in May 2018 and dramatically changed the way companies in and outside of the EU handle personal data of EU citizens. What should Human Resources departments in Singapore know when it comes to GDPR compliance? In Employee Benefits sphere, too, there are certain GDPR compliance risks and …

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