Because the variety of COVID-19 instances in Singapore method 4-digit figures and the federal government implements stricter social distancing measures to fight the unfold of the illness, extra measures have been launched to help these affected by the pandemic.
On the again of the Resilience Budget introduced on Thursday (26 March), listed below are some key developments over the weekend.
Eligible Self-Employed Individuals (SEPs) to obtain money payouts totalling S$9,000
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has launched a Self-Employed Person (SEP) Income Relief Scheme (SIRS) to help eligible SEPs with much less means, and tide them over this era of financial uncertainty.
Beneath the scheme, eligible SEPs will obtain a complete of S$9,000 in three quarterly money payouts of S$3,000 every in Might, July and October 2020.
The SIRS is anticipated to learn about 88,000 SEPs on account of the broadened eligibility standards. Presently, about 50,000 SEPs obtain Workfare payouts yearly, and will likely be eligible for SIRS. As a result of extraordinary circumstances led to by the COVID-19 pandemic, the MOM has broadened the eligibility standards past Workfare to allow extra SEPs to qualify for SIRS.
Singaporean SEPs who meet all the following standards are eligible for SIRS:
- Began work as an SEP on or earlier than 25 March 2020;
- Don’t additionally earn revenue as an worker;
- Earn a Web Commerce Revenue of not more than $100,000;
- Dwell in a property with an annual worth of not more than $13,000; and
- Don’t personal two or extra properties.
For married Singaporean SEPs, the next further standards apply:
- The person and partner collectively don’t personal two or extra properties; and
- The Assessable Revenue of his/her partner doesn’t exceed $70,000.
Singaporean SEPs aged 37 and over in 2020 who declared optimistic SEP revenue to the Inland Income Authority of Singapore (IRAS) / CPF Board (CPFB) for Work Yr 2018 don’t want to use. They are going to be routinely notified of their eligibility by way of letter and SMS, and can obtain the primary SIRS payout routinely in Might 2020.
Different eligible SEPs might apply for SIRS. Extra particulars on SIRS and the appliance course of will likely be launched at a later date.
Digital Profession Honest with greater than 2,200 momentary jobs which might be instantly accessible
As a part of the Resilience Funds to create extra alternatives for jobseekers and employees affected by the COVID-19 state of affairs, MOM and Workforce Singapore (WSG), in collaboration with the Public Service Division (PSD), have launched the #SGUnited Jobs Initiative.
To make SGUnited Jobs alternatives simply accessible for jobseekers and employees, WSG will launch a collection of SGUnited Jobs Virtual Career Fairs (VCF), MOM introduced in a LinkedIn put up.
The goal of the VCF are:
- To match jobseekers to jobs, together with new ones created to assist battle COVID-19.
- Assist companies with short-term manpower wants
- Assist recruit for eventual enterprise restoration
The primary VCF will run until 12 April 2020 and can characteristic greater than 2,200 momentary jobs which might be instantly accessible.
Along with the VCF, a SGUnited Traineeship Programme has additionally been launched. The programme is relevant for graduates from ITE, polytechnics, universities, and different academic establishments. It expects to see as much as 8,000 traineeships for this 12 months.
For the trainees, it goals to spice up employability, acquire worthwhile work expertise and develop their abilities professionally even throughout a weaker hiring local weather. Whereas, for employers, it goals to supply employers with entry to recent abilities to help enterprise wants and permits them to faucet on Authorities help through the traineeship interval.
Throughout the coaching interval, trainees will obtain a coaching allowance co-funded by Authorities and taking part corporations.
Two new schemes to help lower- to middle-income Singaporeans
On the again of the Resilience Budget, the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) has put in place two new schemes to help lower- to middle-income Singaporeans who’re financially impacted by the COVID-19 state of affairs, and who should not on ComCare help. They’re:
#1 Momentary Aid Fund
The Momentary Aid Fund gives speedy monetary help to lower- to middle-income Singapore Residents and Everlasting Residents who’ve misplaced their jobs or confronted an revenue lack of not less than 30% as a result of COVID-19, and require pressing assist with primary residing bills. Eligible candidates will obtain one-off money help of $500.
The Momentary Aid Fund will likely be open for functions in any respect SSOs and Group Centres (CCs) from 1 to 30 April 2020.
#2 COVID-19 Help Grant
With the goal of serving to them get again on their toes and obtain stability, the COVID-19 Help Grant will present assist to lower- to middle-income Singaporean Residents and Everlasting Residents who’ve misplaced their jobs as a result of COVID-19 and proceed to face challenges securing employment.
From 1 Might 2020, the Grant will present eligible Singaporeans $800 a month for 3 months, if additionally they decide to obtain employment and coaching help from Workforce Singapore (WSG) and Employment and Employability Institute (e2i).
Recipients of the COVID-19 Help Grant who proceed to want help in the long term will likely be assessed for ComCare help.
The Braveness Fund: A central donation platform for Singaporeans to contribute in preventing COVID-19
Past the 2 measures launched by the Resilience Funds, Singaporeans and companies have additionally rallied round these impacted by COVID-19 via their beneficiant giving to The Braveness Fund. The Braveness Fund is a central donation platform for Singaporeans to contribute to the battle towards COVID-19. Up to now, over $5.6 million has been raised for this goal.
The Braveness Fund will assist:
- Dependents of those that succumb to the virus;
- Healthcare employees, frontline employees and neighborhood volunteers who contract the virus in the middle of obligation; and
- Decrease-income households experiencing monetary difficulties on account of their member of the family(s) contracting the virus, or having to serve Quarantine Orders, Keep-House Notices or obligatory Depart of Absence (LOA).
Utility particulars will likely be accessible on NCSS web site by end-March, and eligible lower-income households can even apply on the SSOs from 6 April 2020.
Extra versatile and accessible ComCare
Other than that, because the onset of COVID-19, help for low-income households has been stepped up. MSF’s Social Service Places of work (SSOs) have proactively reached out to greater than 6,400 Singaporeans who could also be in want of ComCare help or different types of help, on account of being quarantined or directed to remain at residence. Outreach initiatives embrace checking in with over 360 present or former ComCare purchasers who’re underneath quarantine or Keep-House Discover, to see in the event that they require any help.
For these underneath quarantine or Keep-House Discover who require ComCare help, the appliance course of has been simplified in order that they needn’t apply for ComCare in particular person. ComCare candidates want solely submit supporting paperwork via electronic mail or by way of cell phone (e.g. WhatsApp).
MSF can also be working with neighborhood companions to help their different wants. For example, SSOs coordinate with grassroots volunteers to assist buy and ship groceries to Individuals Beneath Quarantine and Keep-House Discover who shouldn’t have household, associates or neighbours to show to.
From April 2020, households newly positioned on ComCare Brief-to-Medium Time period Help will obtain the help over a period of not less than six months, which might be longer for many households. The longer ComCare period will present better peace of thoughts to households and people whose livelihoods have been affected by COVID-19, as they search out job or retraining alternatives.
Entry approval required for all long-term cross holders
With the heightened threat of importation of COVID-19 instances into Singapore, the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) and the Ministry of Education (MOE) will implement additional precautionary measures for all Lengthy-Time period Cross (LTP) holders who’re coming into or returning to Singapore.
These embrace holders of the Lengthy-Time period Go to Cross (LTVP), the Scholar’s Cross (STP), in addition to those that have been granted In-Precept Approval (IPA) for a LTP. These measures are efficient 29 March 2020, 11.59pm.
LTVP holders and people with IPA for LTVP to hunt approval from ICA
All LTVP holders, in addition to those that have been granted IPA for LTVP, who’re planning to enter or return to Singapore, should acquire ICA’s permission earlier than they start their journey to Singapore. They’ll accomplish that by submitting their software for entry to ICA_nCoV_request@ica.gov.sg.
STP holders and people with IPA for STP to hunt approval from MOE
All current STP holders, and people who have been granted IPA for STP, who’re planning to enter or return to Singapore should acquire MOE’s permission earlier than they start their journey to Singapore. MOE will take into accounts the course wherein the scholar is enrolled, and prioritise entry approval for these learning in publicly-funded Institutes of Greater Studying. STP holders, and people who have been granted IPA for STP, ought to submit their software to their respective academic establishment, which can then ahead their software to MOE.
Approval letter of entry required to clear immigration
If permission is granted, candidates will likely be issued an approval letter of entry by ICA for LTVP holders, or by MOE for STP holders, that’s legitimate for 2 weeks. They need to produce this approval letter of entry to airline employees upon check-in on the departure airport, and to the immigration officer on the checkpoint upon arrival in Singapore.
Candidates mustn’t make journey plans to Singapore till approval has been given by ICA/MOE. In the event that they arrive in Singapore with out the approval letter of entry from ICA/MOE, ICA won’t permit them to clear immigration, and would require them to fly out of Singapore inside 48 hours, at their very own value. In the event that they fail to conform, ICA will cancel their cross or rescind their IPA.
MOM necessities nonetheless stand: MOM-issued LTVP holders should acquire MOM’s approval for entry
Presently, the MOM requires all new and existing work pass holders and their dependents, planning to enter/return to Singapore from any nation, to acquire the Ministry’s approval earlier than commencing their journey. MOM-issued LTVP holders should acquire MOM’s approval for entry.
Keep-House Discover and well being declarations
In step with prevailing Keep-House Discover (SHN) necessities, all travellers who’re granted entry approval will likely be positioned on a 14-day SHN upon arrival in Singapore. Along with the entry approval, travellers are additionally reminded to submit a well being and journey declaration by way of the SG Arrival Card (SGAC) e-Service previous to their arrival. They are going to be required to supply their well being standing and up to date journey historical past, in addition to private particulars and phone particulars. Anybody who makes a false or deceptive declaration will likely be liable to prosecution underneath the Infectious Illnesses Act. The penalty for offering false or deceptive info is a tremendous of as much as S$10,000 and/or imprisonment of as much as six months. For subsequent offence(s), the penalty is a tremendous as much as S$20,000 and/or imprisonment of as much as 12 months.
The Authorities won’t hesitate to take robust motion towards those that make false declarations, in addition to those that don’t adjust to the necessities of the SHN. Common checks will likely be carried out via shock home visits and cellphone calls, in addition to leveraging web-based and cellular software surveillance options, to make sure compliance in order that the well-being of the neighborhood is just not put in danger.
Singapore Citizen will get passport cancelled for breaching SHN
The ICA has cancelled the passport of a 53-year-old male Singapore Citizen, Goh Illya Victor, for breaching the Keep-House Discover (SHN) necessities. The case has additionally been referred to the Ministry of Well being (MOH) for investigation.
In keeping with a press release by the ICA, Goh had travelled from Singapore to Batam, Indonesia, on Three March 2020, and returned to Singapore by way of Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal on 19 March 2020. Upon his entry, he was served with an SHN as a result of his latest journey historical past to Indonesia.
Nonetheless, he then determined to return to Indonesia on the identical day, regardless of ICA officers warning him that he would breach the SHN necessities and will face penalties.
On 24 March 2020, he returned to Singapore from Indonesia via the Singapore Cruise Centre, and was issued with a second 14-day SHN from 24 March 2020 to 7 April 2020.
Goh has displayed irresponsible conduct by not complying with the necessities of his first SHN, departing Singapore on 19 March 2020 after which returning to Singapore on 24 March 2020. In view of the wilful breach, ICA has cancelled his passport and referred the case to MOH for investigation into his breach of SHN necessities.
The Government had announced that from 16 March 2020, 11.59 pm, all travellers (together with Singapore Residents, Lengthy Time period Cross holders, and short-term guests) coming into Singapore with latest journey historical past to ASEAN nations inside the final 14 days will likely be issued with a 14-day Keep-House Discover (SHN).
ICA reiterates that it’ll not hesitate to take robust enforcement motion towards those that fail to adjust to the SHN necessities.
In addition to cancellation of their immigration amenities, they will also be prosecuted underneath the Infectious Illnesses Act and its Laws, and face a tremendous of as much as $10,000, or as much as six months’ imprisonment, or each.
ICA reminds all travellers to make sure that they submit full and correct journey declarations.
From 27 March 2020, all travellers arriving in Singapore, together with Singapore residents, should submit a well being and journey declaration earlier than continuing with immigration clearance. Travellers will likely be required to supply their well being standing and up to date journey historical past, in addition to private particulars and phone particulars.
Anybody who makes a false or deceptive declaration will likely be liable to prosecution underneath the Infectious Illnesses Act. The penalty for offering false or deceptive info is a tremendous of as much as S$10,000 and/or imprisonment of as much as six months. For subsequent offence(s), the penalty is a tremendous as much as S$20,000 and/or imprisonment of as much as 12 months.
For non-Singaporeans, we may also take different administrative actions reminiscent of revocation of, or shortening the validity of permits and passes to stay in Singapore.
Human Assets On-line is on Telegram! Comply with us @humanresourcesonline or click here for all the most recent HR and manpower information from across the area.
Picture / iStock