On 3 May 2020, the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population (“MLIP”) announced that certain types of essential businesses, public services and essential public services can continue their operations by adhering to the guidelines for workplaces regarding prevention and control of COVID-19 issued by the Ministry of Health and Sports (“MOHS Guidelines“) despite the mandatory workplace inspection by MLIP not having been completed.
MLIP had previously announced on 19 April 2020 that it will conduct workplace inspections between 20 and 30 April 2020 and workplaces are not allowed to continue its operations until after the inspections have been completed by MLIP and certified to be in compliance with the MOHS Guidelines. As pointed out in Baker&McKenzie’s previous client alert on 20 April 2020, the notification raised a number of unclear points, including whether offices, as opposed to factories and construction sites, will be subject to the inspection and compliance requirements. The latest guidance from MLIP addresses some of the uncertainties arising from its previous notification by listing down the types of businesses that are allowed to carry on their operations prior to the workplace inspections. The list includes various essential or public services which are normally carried out in offices, thus verifying the position that all offices are also required to adhere with the MOHS Guidelines.
Click “Read More” below to read about the list of essential businesses and services categorised by MLIP.