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FAQs for Employers: Practical Tips on Dealing with the COVID-19 Outbreak
The COVID-19 outbreak across the world has had a major impact on the economy in many countries, with the Ministry of Trade and Industry downgrading Singapore's 2020 GDP growth forecast to -0.5% to 1.5% on 17 February 2020. With the economy and businesses taking a beating, all quarters in Singapore are holding on to the hope that the situation in Singapore will stabilise soon. The Singapore Government has taken a practical approach to contain the spread of the virus while urging the public to continue business as usual where possible.

As businesses adapt to the evolving situation, we address some frequently asked questions on an employer's obligation to comply with the Singapore Government's defensive measures and to provide a safe workplace for their employees while maintaining business continuity.
26 Feb 2020 | Singapore
Indonesia Ratifies the Beijing Treaty

On 28 January 2020, Indonesia ratified the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation) Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances ("Beijing Treaty"). The Treaty provides the legal basis to implement the protection of audiovisual performance works shown through electronic media.

The Beijing Treaty’s official website states that it is a multilateral treaty that acknowledges the intellectual property rights of performers with regard to their audiovisual performances. It provides the global standards in recognising the right of audiovisual performers to be compensated fairly for the use of their creative contributions. The Beijing Treaty grants economic rights as well as moral rights to the performers, allowing them to capitalise on their performances, improve their livelihoods, and better protect their images.

24 Feb 2020 | Indonesia
Budget Speech 2020 – A Masterclass
The Singapore Budget 2020 extended a helping hand to steady the ship in times of uncertainty in the global economy, and to chart the journey for the future. The Budget Speech included tax measures and changes announced across a number of areas.

This Update discusses selected tax measures announced in the Singapore Budget 2020, including temporary measures to provide support for enterprises under the Stabilisation and Support Package and measures to ensure the resilience and competitiveness of our tax system.
21 Feb 2020 | Singapore
FAQ on COVID-19 and its Potential Impact on Contracts
The COVID-19 outbreak has been a jarring development across the globe, bringing about much uncertainty in the commercial world. In this Update, we look at some of the common questions regarding the potential legal impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on contracts and agreements. This includes a focus on force majeure, frustration and the obstructions which may arise in specific industries such as Shipping & International Trade, Construction & Projects, and Hospitality and Tourism.
20 Feb 2020 | Singapore
Salvaging the Salvor: The Decision of the Malaysian Apex Court in Fordeco Sdn Bhd v PK Fertilizers Sdn Bhd

In a unanimous decision delivered by a five-man panel, the Malaysian apex court shed light on important aspects of the law on salvage. The judgment of the Federal Court was delivered by Malaysia’s first Admiralty Court Judge, Nallini Pathmanathan FCJ.

The judgment re-stated the principles on general average and further discussed the following two key issues relating to the law of salvage:

  • When is a contract termed one for salvage rather than for towage or for carriage of goods; and
  • What is the standard of care in assessing whether a salvor was negligent in the course of salvage operations?
14 Feb 2020 | Malaysia
Anti-Suit Injunctions – Novel Singapore Judgment on Third Party Reliance on Exclusive Forum Clauses
In Hai Jiang 1401 Pte. Ltd. v Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd. ("The Seven Champion") [2020] SGHC 20, the Singapore High Court determined several novel issues in granting an application for an anti-suit injunction against a contractual claim initiated by the Defendant in the United Arab Emirates. Notably, the Court considered whether an anti-suit injunction may be granted against foreign proceedings in breach of an arbitration or exclusive jurisdiction clause in the underlying contract, even if the anti-suit injunction applicant was not a contractual party to the arbitration or exclusive jurisdiction clause. The Court also clarified the applicable standard of proof for anti-suit injunction applications. The Plaintiff was successfully represented by Toh Kian Sing SC, V. Bala and Wu Junneng of Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP.
12 Feb 2020 | Singapore