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RTA COVID-19 Resource Centre

The COVID-19 outbreak has been a jarring development across the world. As the threat continues to climb, the impact of the outbreak has been palpable. National borders have been restricted, entire industries have been affected, and businesses have found themselves having to change the way they work. This has heralded much uncertainty in the commercial world.

Our RTA COVID-19 Resource Centre gathers views from our lawyers across the region on some of the common issues and legal implications of this pandemic.

Going Through This With You

We appreciate the difficulty in keeping track of the rapidly evolving regulatory changes to deal with the COVID-19 situation. Rajah & Tann Asia is closely monitoring the situation and remains ready to assist.

Our COVID-19 Legal Team comprises lawyers across the region and practice areas dedicated to serve our clients on a timely basis in this uncertain time. Please feel free to get in touch with our COVID-19 Legal Team or your usual contact at Rajah & Tann Asia if you have any queries relating to legal and operational issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

What's New

CAMBODIA: RGC Updates on Subsidies for Employees in the Garment and Tourism Sectors during the Employment Suspension

To update the amounts of subsidy provided by the Royal Government of Cambodia (“RGC”) to employees in the garment and tourism sectors, the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training has issued several notifications as follows:

  • three notifications on 24 July 2020; 
  • two notifications on 29 July 2020;
  • three notifications on 31 July 2020;
  • two notification on 26 August 2020;
  • one notification on 2 September 2020, and
  • one notification on 10 September 2020.

Generally, the amount of subsidy varies with the period of employment suspension, and subject to fulfilment of certain conditions such as employees who have completed soft skills training.

Cambodia | Workplace & Employment | 21 September 2020
SINGAPORE: Further Changes to COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act Concerning Rental Relief, Collective Sales, Construction Contracts and Meetings

On 4 September 2020, the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Amendment No. 2) Bill ("Bill") was passed in Parliament, setting out further proposed amendments. The Bill seeks to strengthen the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act by:

(a) Expanding the powers of rental relief assessors;

(b) Allowing applications for the extensions of deadlines for collective sales;

(c) Clarifying the interaction between Part 8 of the Act (which deals with contracts affected by delay in the performance or breach of a construction contract, supply contract or related contract) and other dispute resolution proceedings; and

(d) Enhancing the certainty of alternative meeting arrangements.

This Update highlights the key features of the Bill.

Singapore | General | 17 September 2020
CAMBODIA: Clarification on Compensation in Cases of Termination of Undetermined Duration Contract

On 14 August 2020, the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training ("MLVT") issued a clarification on the compensation in lieu of prior notice and damages in cases of termination of undetermined duration contract ("UDC"), providing additional explanation to Letter No. 295 dated 29 July 2020 of the Inspection Department of the MLVT on clarification of “damages” and “compensation in lieu of prior notice”.

Cambodia | Workplace & Employment | 14 September 2020
SINGAPORE: Restructuring & Insolvency Regimes in Southeast Asia: A Comparative Overview

As business and commerce becomes increasingly cross-border in nature, it is important for businesses to have knowledge of restructuring and insolvency regimes of foreign jurisdictions. This is particularly relevant in the Southeast Asia region, given the close connection and links amongst the Southeast Asian states.

In this publication, we take a broad look at the key areas of interest in the restructuring and insolvency regimes across the region. The comparative overview covers various differences and similarities in the respective restructuring and insolvency frameworks in these jurisdictions.

Rajah & Tann Asia, as a regional network of law firms, has an established presence across Southeast Asia. Our regional offices have the requisite restructuring and insolvency expertise to assist with your queries and restructuring and insolvency needs across these jurisdictions.

Singapore | Banking & Finance | 11 September 2020
PHILIPPINES: DTI and DOLE issue Supplemental Guidelines on Workplace Prevention and Control of COVID-19

On 14 August 2020, the Department of Trade and Industry ("DTI") and the Department of Labor and Employment ("DOLE") released Joint Memorandum Circular No. 20-04 or the Supplemental Guidelines on Workplace Prevention and Control of COVID-19 ("Supplemental Guidelines"). This issuance shall apply to all private establishments, regardless of economic activity, including those located inside special economic zones and under the jurisdiction of Investment Promotion Agencies. 

The Supplemental Guidelines introduce new measures intended to minimize the transmission of COVID-19 in the workplace.

Philippines | Workplace & Employment | 08 September 2020

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