Facing Covid-19: Employers’ obligations
4 April 2020
This article addresses employers’ obligations in these challenging times and provides employers with practical guidance on steps to be taken to discharge their legal duties and responsibilities to their workforce.
Businesses and employers have been severely impacted in their commercial dealings and management of employees as the effects of Covid-19 are felt in Singapore. Various measures have been taken by the Singapore Government, through the relevant governmental bodies, to address the situation and to safeguard the health of the Singapore public.
Of particular importance to employers, the Singapore Government announced that all businesses that cannot be conducted through telecommuting from home will be suspended from 7 April 2020 to 4 May 2020 (both dates inclusive) (“Suspension”). These heightened safe distancing measures are meant to reduce significant movements and interactions in public and private places, unless necessary for essential purposes.
Essential services and their related supply chains, as well as entities that form part of the global supply chain, are exempted from the Suspension.
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