News Recap – 25 Dec to 31 Dec

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Key highlights from recent news on Covid-19, MOM, Human Resources, and Sustainability below

Covid-19

1/2: From Jan 15, unvaccinated workers not allowed to return to workplace even with negative pre-event test

From Jan 15 next year, unvaccinated workers will not be allowed to return to the workplace even if they test negative for Covid-19 24 hours beforehand.

This move is meant to bolster Singapore’s protection against a large wave of local Omicron cases and keep workplaces here safe, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Sunday (Dec 26).

From Jan 1, only employees who are fully vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19 within the past 180 days can return to the workplace.

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2/2: Omicron cases to recover at home, community facilities as Singapore eases approach to managing COVID-19 variant

Singapore will ease its approach to managing COVID-19 cases infected with the Omicron variant from Monday (Dec 27).

Instead of being isolated in dedicated facilities by default, Omicron cases will be placed on home recovery or treated at community care facilities depending on their clinical presentation, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) late on Sunday night.

“International evidence indicates that the Omicron variant is likely to be more transmissible but less severe than the Delta variant, and that vaccines, especially boosters, retain substantial protection against hospitalisations caused by Omicron,” said MOH.

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The Ministry of Manpower

1/1: 3 in 4 business leaders find filling vacancies difficult, but only half sent workers for training

Only half of business leaders surveyed said they have sent their workers for training the past six months, according to a labour research report released by the National Trades Union Congress and NTUC LearningHub on Wednesday (Dec 22).

This is despite 78 per cent of business leaders in the study reporting difficulties in filling jobs at their companies.

On Dec 15, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) reported an all-time high record of 98,700 job vacancies in Singapore due to border restrictions and manpower demand in growth sectors.

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human resources

1/2: Bringing in-person connection back to Asia’s HR community

For many organisations, 2022 represents a fresh opportunity to push ahead with recovery plans that Asia’s largest and favourite award-winning HR Tech event is back to greet you in person and online!

Taking place from 10-13 May 2022, HR Tech Festival Asia 2022 will celebrate a week-long festival of HR, featuring a lineup of exciting events, some of the most recognised global and regional thought leaders, and the most innovative HR tech brands in the market today.

With the theme of Return. Refresh. Reimagine, the 21st edition of HR Tech Festival Asia will be presented in a hybrid format that is designed to provide an immersive and customisable event experience for your needs and preferences.

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2/2: Returning to the workplace with confidence

For many organisations, 2022 represents a fresh opportunity to push ahead with recovery plans that will allow them to thrive and succeed in a new world of hybrid work.

While the way organisations work is unlikely to return to the way it was during pre-pandemic days; remote work, which has seen employees globally work from home (WFH) for months, is set to gradually transition to a hybrid work model in 2022, which will see groups of employees begin to return to the traditional workplace.

In Singapore, for instance, WFH, which has been the default work arrangement since September this year, will begin to decrease in frequency from January 1 onwards.

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Sustainability

1/1: Webinar Invitation: What Business do I have in Sustainability?

With the launch of Singapore Green Plan 2030, and other similar initiatives, Singapore is progressively advancing the national agenda on sustainable development. Such initiatives were undertaken to help us achieve our long-term net zero emissions aspirations as soon as viable.

ASPRI has partnered with SME DXP Foundation Ltd, and Honeywell Pte Ltd, to organise a webinar on this topic. The webinar will raise awareness on sustainability, Net Zero Carbon, and UN Climate Change Conference (COP26). It will also touch on how they impact the Process Industry, and how it directly affects you, an industry professional in Singapore.

If you are keen to learn about Net Zero, how to achieve it, and want to know how it can improve your company’s profits, register here and join us on 12 January 2022!

Webinar Details

1/1: Webinar Invitation: What Business do I have in Sustainability?

With the launch of Singapore Green Plan 2030, and other similar initiatives, Singapore is progressively advancing the national agenda on sustainable development. Such initiatives were undertaken to help us achieve our long-term net zero emissions aspirations as soon as viable.

ASPRI has partnered with SME DXP Foundation Ltd, and Honeywell Pte Ltd, to organise a webinar on this topic. The webinar will raise awareness on sustainability, Net Zero Carbon, and UN Climate Change Conference (COP26). It will also touch on how they impact the Process Industry, and how it directly affects you, an industry professional in Singapore.

If you are keen to learn about Net Zero, how to achieve it, and want to know how it can improve your company’s profits, register here and join us on 12 January 2022!

Webinar Details

1/1: Webinar Invitation: What Business do I have in Sustainability?

With the launch of Singapore Green Plan 2030, and other similar initiatives, Singapore is progressively advancing the national agenda on sustainable development. Such initiatives were undertaken to help us achieve our long-term net zero emissions aspirations as soon as viable.

ASPRI has partnered with SME DXP Foundation Ltd, and Honeywell Pte Ltd, to organise a webinar on this topic. The webinar will raise awareness on sustainability, Net Zero Carbon, and UN Climate Change Conference (COP26). It will also touch on how they impact the Process Industry, and how it directly affects you, an industry professional in Singapore.

If you are keen to learn about Net Zero, how to achieve it, and want to know how it can improve your company’s profits, register here and join us on 12 January 2022!