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This page is dedicated to keeping readers informed of the latest news and thought leadership articles from law firms across the globe.

If your firm wishes to publish press releases or articles, please contact Shehab Khurshid on +44 (0) 207 396 5689 or shehab.khurshid@legalease.co.uk

 

Drew & Napier Data Protection Quarterly Update Q4/2016

January 2017 - Employment. Legal Developments by Drew & Napier LLC .

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Drew & Napier Data Protection Quarterly Update Q4/2016

10 Jan 2017

Drew & Napier’s Telecommunications, Media and Technology Practice Group is pleased to present the latest issue of our Data Protection Quarterly Update.

Personal Liability for False Declarations in Work Pass Applications - Recent Spate of Prosecutions

August 2016 - Employment. Legal Developments by Drew & Napier LLC .

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Personal Liability for False Declarations in Work Pass Applications - Recent Spate of Prosecutions

23 Aug 2016

In a period of one month between 20 June and 21 July this year, 19 employers have been convicted for false declaration of salary offences.

Public Consultation on Proposed Employment Claims Tribunal

April 2016 - Employment. Legal Developments by Drew & Napier LLC .

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Public Consultation on Proposed Employment Claims Tribunal

21 Mar 2016

This update discusses the Ministry of Manpower’s (“MOM”) consultation paper on the key features of a proposed Employment Claims Tribunal (“ECT”). The proposed ECT will be a Tribunal under the State Courts, similar to the Small Claims Tribunal, and will adjudicate salary-related claims in place of the present Labour Court.

Tougher Work Pass Controls for Foreign PMEs and Proposed Amendments to the Employment Act

August 2015 - Employment. Legal Developments by Drew & Napier LLC .

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Tougher Work Pass Controls for Foreign PMEs and Proposed Amendments to the Employment Act

22 Jul 2015

This update discusses the Ministry of Manpower’s introduction of a slew of measures in July 2015, which are likely to affect a wide range of employers. These measures include toughening work pass controls for foreign Professionals, Managers and Executives (“PMEs”), scrutinising firms with many foreign PMEs, and giving PMEs more avenues to raise employment disputes.

The International Comparative Legal Guide to Employment & Labour Law 2015 Edition

June 2015 - Employment. Legal Developments by Drew & Napier LLC .

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The International Comparative Legal Guide to Employment & Labour Law 2015 Edition

14 Apr 2015

The Drew & Napier Employment Practice Group has drawn upon its experience to share insights into Singapore employment and labour laws in the Singapore chapter of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Employment & Labour Law 2015 published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London.

New Tripartite Guidelines on Extending the Scope of Union Representation for Executives

December 2014 - Employment. Legal Developments by Drew & Napier LLC .

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New Tripartite Guidelines on Extending the Scope of Union Representation for Executives

5 Dec 2014

The Industrial Relations (Amendment) Bill proposes to allow rank-and-file trade unions to represent executives for collective bargaining. Ahead of the legislative amendments coming into effect, the Ministry of Manpower, together with its tripartite partners, the Singapore National Employers Federation and the National Trades Union Congress, has released new Guidelines on Extending the Scope of Union Representation for Executives.

The amendments to the Industrial Relations Act and the Guidelines are expected to be effective on or after 1 April 2015.

This update summarises and discusses the practical implications of the amendments to the Act and the new Guidelines.

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Re-employment of Employees & Constructive Dismissal Claims

October 2014 - Employment. Legal Developments by Drew & Napier LLC .

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Re-employment of Employees & Constructive Dismissal Claims

17 Oct 2014

This update reports recent developments on employment law and practice in Singapore.

In September 2014, the Tripartite Committee on Employability of Older Worker recommended that the Government adopt a promotional approach towards raising the re-employment age from 65 to 67 years old, and provide interim incentives to encourage companies to re-employ older workers beyond the age of 65, before such measures are legislatively required. It also recommended that employers provide an outplacement assistance payment to employees aged 65 to 67, if employers are unable to find suitable jobs for them within or outside the company.

Separately, the Singapore Court of Appeal recently issued the decision of Wee Kim San Lawrence Bernard v Robinson & Co (Singapore) Pte Ltd [2014] SGCA 43, discussing the damages that may be claimed on an employee's constructive dismissal.

This case is noteworthy because, apart from upholding the longstanding principle that damages may be awarded for loss of remuneration for the contractual notice period, it indicates that the Singapore courts may also consider damages that are proven to arise from a breach of the implied term of mutual trust and confidence between the employer and the employee.

This serves as an important reminder to employers, when deciding on termination of employee matters, to be mindful of any conduct that could give rise to a breach of the mutual trust and confidence between employers and employees.

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Enforceability of restrictive covenants

February 2012 - Employment. Legal Developments by Loo & Partners.

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In Smile Inc Dental Surgeons Pte Ltd v Lui Andrew Stewart [2011] SGHC 266, the Singapore High Court considered restrictive covenants in an employment contract.

SINGAPORE HIGH COURT RULES THAT FORFEITURE-FOR-COMPETITION CLAUSES ARE NOT RESTRAINTS OF TRADE

November 2011 - Employment. Legal Developments by Drew & Napier LLC .

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Mano Vikrant Singh v Cargill TSF Asia Pte Ltd [2011] SGHC 241

In a landmark decision, the Singapore High Court has ruled in favour of an employer, holding that a clause in an employee incentive bonus plan which requires the employee to forgo deferred incentive payments if he resigns and joins a competitor (referred to as a “forfeiture-for-competition” clause) is not a restraint of trade. The employer need not show that such a clause is reasonable in order to enforce it.

National Wage Council Guidelines 2010/2011

September 2011 - Employment. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

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The National Wage Council ("NWC") is a tripartite body comprising representatives from employers, trade unions and Government. The NWC develops a national consensus on wage and wage-related matters and issues guidelines on these matters every year.

LEGISLATION UPDATE

February 2011 - Employment. Legal Developments by Drew & Napier LLC .

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NEW TRIPARTITE MEDIATION SCHEME TO BE INTRODUCED FOR EXECUTIVE EMPLOYEES

Singapore High Court Declares Removal of Director Invalid

September 2010 - Employment. Legal Developments by Drew & Napier LLC .

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In a case described by the Singapore High Court as one which reflects the “unfortunate but increasing incidence of fractious generational transitions within Singapore family businesses”, the Singapore High Court has declared invalid the removal of Ng Joo Soon as a director of Dovechem Holdings Pte Ltd.

ENCOURAGING THE RE-EMPLOYMENT OF OLDER EMPLOYEES IN SINGAPORE

June 2010 - Employment. Legal Developments by ATMD Bird & Bird LLP .

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As part of a continued effort to address the issue of Singapore’s rapidly ageing population, the Ministry of Manpower recently released an updated set of Tripartite Guidelines for Reemployment of Older Employees (“Guidelines”) on 11 March 2010. The Guidelines supersede an earlier set of guidelines introduced in April 2008, and was finalised after one month of public consultation.

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