The Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill - An overview

This highlights the key points from the Bill after its first reading in Parliament on 1 April 2019.

MinLaw consults on draft Intellectual Property (Dispute Resolution) Bill to enhance Singapore’s IP dispute resolution system

The key proposals include granting the SHC exclusive jurisdiction over most civil IP disputes, clarify that IP disputes can be arbitrated in Sg, formalise 3rd party observation process for patent, etc..

The Tripartite Guidelines on Wrongful Dismissal – What they mean for employers

The practical effect is a significant increase in the pool of potential claimants against employers, and made it much easier for them to make claims against employers.

MOF consults on corporate income tax treatment of variable capital companies (VCCs) in Singapore

A VCC will be treated as a company and a single tax entity under the Income Tax Act, subject to such modifications and rules made under the Act.

Tags: FundsTax

Payment Services Bill passed in Parliament

The Bill aims to streamline regulation of payment services under a single legislation, and to expand the scope of regulated payment services to keep up with new technological developments and the various risks they pose.

The “new” 2014 Geographical Indications Act

This article seeks to highlight the key changes in the laws governing Geographical Indications (GIs), and to identify areas that may be of concern. The 2014 GIA will come into force starting 1 Apr 2019.

The new Singapore Employment Act – too much or too little?

Despite the Legislature's positive intentions, these changes throw up a few problems in practice.

MAS proposes amendments to Banking Act to remove DBU-ACU divide and other changes

MAS is also proposing other amendments to strengthen the licensing and regulation of banks and credit card or charge card licensees, formalise existing supervisory requirements and clarify other technical and administrative issues. 

Recent developments in Muslim law practice in Singapore

This article provides an overview of some of the issues covered in the new Muslim Law Practice Course (MLPC), highlighting some key jurisprudential issues that have been addressed by the Syariah Court.

Tags: Religion

The statutory framework governing the right to appeal to the Court of Appeal: Some thoughts

Considerable uncertainty has arisen over the issue of an “interlocutory order” under the Fifth Schedule of the SCJA (as amended by the SCJA (Amendment No 2) Act 2018). This article identifies the challenges when navigating these uncertainties, and makes a proposal for reform.

Journals Online: Employment Act changes: Implications and uncertainties

While the latest amendments have brought about significant changes, the focus of this comment will be on issues relating to the termination of the employment contract, particularly wrongful dismissal.

Journals Online: Admissibility of fresh evidence in a criminal trial – Opening Pandora’s box? PP v Mohd Ariffan bin Mohd Hassan [2018] 1 SLR 544

The SCA approved the three conditions of non-availability, relevance and reliability which continue to apply  to applications by the Prosecution to admit further evidence in a criminal appeal.

Journals Online: Interlocutory appeals to the Court of Appeal

This article discusses para 1(h), Fifth Scehdule of the Supreme Court Judicature Act.

MOM consults on proposed changes to Work Injury Compensation Act

The consultation paper includes proposals to broaden coverage under the WICA and to introduce measures to speed up claims processing. 

New regulations target businesses to tackle electronic, packaging and food waste

The Resource Sustainability Bill will be introduced this year to pass regulations covering the management of the 3 waste streams.

MOF consults on proposed GST and stamp duty treatment of variable capital companies (VCCs) in Singapore

The proposed amendments to the GST Act and SD Act will be incorporated into a Variable Capital Companies (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2019.

Tags: FundsTax

Upcoming amendments to the Employment Act

Some of the key amendments to the EA, which will take effect from 1 April 2019, are summarised below.

Changes to Goods and Services Tax Act to extend GST to overseas services from 1 January 2020 and enhance IRAS investigation powers from 1 January 2019

GST on imported services will be introduced through a Reverse Charge mechanism for B2B imported services, and an OVRregime for B2C imported services.

Tags: Tax

Vulnerable Adults Act 2018 allowing intervention to protect vulnerable adults in force from 19 December 2018

This update sets out the scope of the Act and guiding principles underlying the exercise of the power of intervention, key provisions of the Act and the background.

Carbon Pricing Act 2018 imposing carbon tax in force from 1 January 2019

The Act makes consequential and related amendments to the Energy Conservation Act and imposes a carbon tax on certain greenhouse gas emissions of business facilities, measured from 2019 onwards. 

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