SINGAPORE: The Manpower Ministry (MOM) has suspended the work cross privileges of two employers after they failed to rearrange for his or her employees to bear obligatory rostered routine testing for COVID-19.
Motion was taken after the employers didn’t present legitimate causes or submit an exemption request for his or her employees, in accordance with a joint press launch by MOM, the Constructing and Building Authority (BCA), the Financial Improvement Board (EDB) and the Well being Promotion Board (HPB) on Friday (Oct 16).
“As these employers have been errant, they may now not be capable of proceed using the 2 work cross holders,” the authorities stated.
“The affected employees have been given a grace interval to search for different employment as they weren’t complicit with the breach of necessities,” the authorities added.
That is the primary time that employers have been penalised for failing to adjust to the rostered routine testing necessities, that are aimed toward curbing the unfold of COVID-19.
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Staff staying in dormitories, these within the development, marine and course of sectors, and all who go into work websites are required to bear rostered routine testing for the virus each 14 days.
Since August, the authorities had made a number of callouts to employers, reminding them to ship their employees for testing earlier than the Sep 5 deadline.
MORE THAN 2,000 YET TO BE TESTED
The overwhelming majority of about 260,000 employees have undergone or have been scheduled for rostered routine testing, authorities stated on Friday.
Nonetheless, about 2,200 employees who’re required to bear testing have but to take action.
“These embody employees who missed their subsequent rostered routine testing appointments, and employees who’re newly-identified to require rostered routine testing as a result of they enter work websites,” the authorities stated.
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The AccessCode standing for these employees will stay “crimson” and so they can not return to work.
About half of them have been scheduled for the testing and can be capable of resume work as soon as they’ve been examined, the authorities added.
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Efforts to assist employers included the Swab Registration System and ramping up swab services to make sure ample appointment slots and improve comfort and accessibility for employers and employees, the authorities stated.
Earlier this month, MOM and HPB introduced that extra COVID-19 regional screening centres and testing services in dormitories could be set as much as facilitate the rostered routine testing.
4 services – Acacia Lodge, Cassia @ Penjuru, Central Workers Residences and Westlite Mandai – would additionally provide evening swabs for employees to “accommodate their work cycles”, the authorities stated final week.
“MOM will proceed to take motion towards errant employers or employees who persistently fail to schedule or attend their rostered routine testing periods with out legitimate causes, together with the revocation of labor passes and suspension of labor cross privileges,” the authorities stated on Friday.
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