Advisory to employers and SEPs on the Leave of Absence / Stay-Home Notice Support Programme
Issued on 18 May 2020
- The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) provides support to businesses and self-employed persons (SEPs) who are affected by Leave of Absence (LOA) / Stay-Home Notice (SHN) requirements due to COVID-19. Under the LOA / SHN Support Programme, employers can apply for $100 daily support for each affected worker for the required duration of paid LOA/SHN granted to the employee. The support is intended to defray business costs due to affected employees on LOA/SHN not able to contribute to business performance, as there were no available flexible work alternatives (e.g., telecommuting and teleconferencing). SEPs subject to LOA/SHN requirements can also apply for the daily support.
Extension of application deadline for companies affected by Circuit Breaker measures
- In order to apply for the support, employers have to submit a number of documents, including proof of the workers’ travel. Employers must submit the applications and supporting documents within 90 days of the end of the workers’ LOA/SHN.
- The MOM understands that employers may find it difficult to compile the relevant documents during the Circuit Breaker period due to the requirements that non-essential firms not go to their offices or work premises. As such, the application deadline for employers will be extended until 1 July, only in cases where the 90-day deadline would elapse during the Circuit Breaker period (7 April 2020 – 1 June 2020).
Eligibility for support during and after Circuit Breaker period
- The support will not be applicable for employers and SEPs serving LOA/SHN which started during or after the Circuit Breaker period (on or after 7 April 2020).
- Most companies and SEPs cannot conduct business during the Circuit Breaker period, and hence the purpose of the support (to defray business costs from workers being unable to work due to LOA/SHN) would not be applicable to them. In addition, companies and SEPs are already receiving extensive support through the enhanced Jobs Support Scheme (JSS) and the Self-Employed Persons Income Relief Scheme (SIRS) respectively.
- Businesses and SEPs will still be eligible for the support for LOA/SHN started before the Circuit Breaker period (on or before 6 April 2020).
- For further queries, please contact:
Ministry of Manpower