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Leave of Absence Support Programme Extended To Those Serving Stay-Home Notice

  1. From 18 February 2020, 23:59 hours, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will extend the Leave of Absence Support Programme (LOASP) to businesses and self-employed persons affected by Stay-Home Notice (SHN) requirements due to COVID-191.
  2. Under the LOASP, eligible employers will be able to apply for $100 daily per affected worker for the required duration of SHN. Affected workers include Singapore Citizens (SC), Permanent Residents (PR), and Work Pass holders who travelled to mainland China on or before 31 January 2020, and who were placed on SHN upon their return to Singapore. Eligible employers will also qualify for levy waiver for affected foreign workers for the SHN period.
  3. Self-employed SCs and PRs who had travelled to mainland China on or before 31 January 2020, and were placed on SHN upon their return to Singapore can also apply for the daily support of $100.
  4. Employers and self-employed persons should not apply for support if telecommuting arrangements are available for work to be performed remotely by affected persons on SHN.
  5. Employers and self-employed persons who wish to apply for support under LOASP should submit their applications here. Applications should only be submitted after the affected person has completed serving his/her SHN.
  6. Support under LOASP for businesses and self-employed persons affected by the Leave of Absence requirements will remain unchanged. Please refer to MOM’s press release on LOASP for businesses and SEPs here.
  7. For further queries or clarifications, please contact:

    Ministry of Manpower 
    MOM Contact Centre
    Online Enquiry via this link: www.mom.gov.sg/feedback 
    Website: www.mom.gov.sg 
     
    Annex - Frequently Asked Questions
  1. What conditions are there for employers to claim the $100 daily support for employees under SHN?

    Employers who wish to claim the $100 daily support for their affected workers must fulfil the following criteria:
    • Granted additional paid leave to the affected worker for the entire duration of SHN period, without requiring the worker to use his/her original paid leave entitlements provided under the terms of employment, or treating the duration of SHN as hospitalisation leave
    • Must have complied fully with SHN requirements
    • Must have obtained MOM’s prior approval for the worker to return to Singapore
    • Unable to have work performed remotely
    • Employee must be in employment as at 31 January 2020 and for full duration of SHN.

  2. What documents do I require for the application for the $100 daily support?

    For employers, please submit:
    1. Proof of employment for affected workers
      1. CPF Form 90 for December 2019 and January 2020 (only for locals); and,
      2. Itemised pay slip(s) for salary payment during SHN period

    2. Proof of affected workers’ travel to mainland China
      1. For workers not from PRC, scan of passport photo ID page, and entry and departure stamps from mainland China
      2. For workers from the People’s Republic of China (PRC), air tickets and/or boarding passes for travel between Singapore and mainland China (including transit stops)

    For self-employed persons, please submit:
    1. Proof of self-employed status:
      1. Income tax returns or Notice of Assessment for Year of Assessment 2020

    2. Proof of travel to mainland China
      1. For applicants not from PRC, scan of passport photo ID page, and entry and departure stamps from mainland China
      2. For applicants from PRC, air tickets and/or boarding passes for travel between Singapore and mainland China (including transit stops)

  3. What is the deadline for submission of applications?

    Applications should be submitted within 90 days from the last day of the SHN. 

  4. My employee(s) had to travel to mainland China for business/personal reasons after 31 January 2020. Are we eligible for the LOASP?

    The LOASP is intended to help employers and self-employed persons affected by the introduction of travel conditions announced at short notice on 31 Jan 2020. Individuals travelling to China after 31 January 2020 will not be eligible for the LOASP.

FOOTNOTE

  1. As of 18 February 2020, 2359 hrs, all returning Singapore residents and long-term pass holders with recent travel history to China (outside Hubei) will be issued a 14-day SHN. The conditions of the SHN will mirror that of the LOA, with the additional requirement that they are required to stay in their place of residence at all times during the 14-day period.