Singapore government announces waiver on foreign workers' levies during stay-home period

Singapore's Ministry of Manpower (MOM) yesterday said it would waive levies on foreign workers, including maids, during their stay-home notice periods from January to September 2021 to help employers manage the increased costs associated with the COVID-19 safety measures.

Employers with workers serving stay-home notices from March to September will not be required to pay levies for the duration of the notices as well.
Employers with workers serving stay-home notices from March to September will not be required to pay levies for the duration of the notices as well. Photo" Connected to India

Since January, the government has put in place additional border measures, including limiting entry approvals for work pass holders and requiring newly arrived S Pass (special pass for professionals) and work permit holders to undergo on-arrival COVID-19 tests and serve stay-home notices, an MOM statement added.

It said the decision to waive levies on foreign workers, including maids, during their stay-home notice periods from January to September 2021 will help employers manage the increased costs associated with the government's updated measures to reduce the risk of importing COVID-19 into the community.

"While employers have cooperated with these measures in the interest of public health, some have given feedback that these additional measures have also translated to increased costs," said the ministry.

For employers who have already paid the levies for their workers during their stay-home notices in January and February, the waivers will be used to offset the foreign worker levy for June, which is payable in July.

Employers with workers serving stay-home notices from March to September will not be required to pay levies for the duration of the notices as well.

This includes limiting entry approvals for work pass holders and requiring newly arrived S Pass and Work Permit holders, including migrant domestic workers, to undergo on-arrival testing and serve a stay-home notice.

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