In an official press release on Tuesday (Sep 5), the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) introduced a new work pass card. Set to be issued in stages from Sept 15 this year, the new initiative is designed to make the process of checking foreign worker’s employment status easier.Coming with a QR code in each card, the code can be scanned using a mobile application called SGWorkPass. With this new card, pass holders, employers, and other stakeholders are now able to check the status of the work passes, and other information such as the holder’s occupation and employment.MOM said that up to now, many service providers, premise owners, or other stakeholders rely on the expired date that is printed on the worker’s card to prove their status before entering into a new contract with the pass holder or allowing entry into a premise.

Source: MOM to Launch New Work Pass Card for Foreign Workers – HR in ASIA

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​Hiring workers Down Under? Be aware of the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO). The FWO was established in Australia under the 2009 federal Fair Work Act. That legislation governs the relationship between employees and employers in Australia. The FWO’s mandate is to “promote and monitor compliance with the Fair Work Act, investigate potential breaches of the Fair Work Act, and, if necessary, take the matter to court or refer it to relevant authorities.” For example, ridesharing provider Uber is up against the F

Source: In Australia, Ombudsman Pursues Work Violations

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​Employees, managers and the companies they work for sometimes do bad things, including in southeast Asia. Employees might embezzle money or sell trade secrets to competitors. Executives may authorize a bribe to win a contract, or tacitly approve accounting trickery to make finances appear better than they really are. From stealing petty cash out of a lockbox to multimillion dollar bribery scandals, there are innumerable ways for employees and companies to commit misdeeds. According to PwC’s 2016 Global Eco

Source: Southeast Asia: Conducting Successful Corporate Internal Investigations

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The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is suing cosmetics firm Estée Lauder for giving new mothers more paid leave for caregiving and child-bonding than new fathers. If the suit is successful, it could alter common parental leave policies in the U.S. The Society for Human Resource Management’s 2017 Employee Benefits survey report found that 30 percent of SHRM members work for organizations that provide paid maternity leave while 24 percent were at organizations that offered paid paternity

Source: In Focus: EEOC Sues Estée Lauder Over Unequal Leave for New Dads

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Foreigners in Thailand will soon be able to apply for a 10-year visa.   First proposed in November 2016 as a way to promote Thailand as a medical and wellness hub, Thaivisa understands the 10-year visa was this week formally approved by the Prime Minister.  The new Non O X visa will be available to anyone who is over 50 years of age and from one of the 14 countries listed below.  Applicants will need to have a minimum 3 million baht in a Thai bank account, or a combination of 1.8 million baht…

Source: Thailand to launch new 10-year multiple entry visa for over 50s – Thailand News – Thailand Visa Forum by Thai Visa | The Nation

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Regional Legal Update on Labor and Employment Law Issues DFDL’s Employment Practice Group is dedicated to advising clients on employment and labor issues, and preparing human resources documentation compliant with local law.  Our employment team’s in-depth knowledge of the law and practices in the countries in which we operate allows us to provide specialized, practical advice on issues that arise in employment relationships.  The head of our regional Employment Practice Group is Danyel Thomson, who has be

Source: ASEAN Employment Legal Update 2017 #Q1 | Legal Tax & Investment Expertise

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Employers who choose to recruit foreign workers will now have to pay for the hiring levy themselves, instead of deducting from the wages of the new overseas hires, Malaysian Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announced recently.The new ruling came into effect on January 1.Datuk Zahid told Malaysia’s The Star Online the aim of the ruling is to ensure employers understand and take full responsibility for the hiring of foreigners.“The Government will also introduce the undertaking letter which will underline the responsibilities and requirements to be fulfilled by employers in the near future,” said the minister.

Source: Malaysian employers must pay foreign worker levy themselves | hrmasia

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