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30 Nov

JTJB Law Bites Nov 21 – No Jab, No Job – Singapore Means Business

No Jab, No Job – Singapore Means Business A lot has happened since our last update on regional vaccination standards and measures in August. Notably, Singapore has taken some significant steps to ensure that the country moves towards business normalcy, and that those who have chosen not to be vaccinated bear some responsibility for the

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16 Nov

JTJB Law Bites Nov 21 – Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) in Singapore: An overview of recent initiatives

Introduction With the rising importance of environmental, social and governance (“ESG”), businesses are actively committing to maximising the triple bottom line (i.e. People, Planet, and Profit). A proper management of ESG risks is vital for Singapore businesses to be a successful player in both the Asian and international markets. Recent ESG Related Initiatives Energy intensive

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10 Nov

Settling disputes by mediation in Singapore and Thailand

Aside from arbitration or litigation, the only way for parties to attempt to resolve disputes is through constructive dialogue. Communicating through brokers and taking legal positions through solicitors (correctly or otherwise) frequently run counter to constructive dialogue. Mediation involves the engagement of a qualified third party who may help parties bridge differences. Mediators do not

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29 Oct

JTJB Law Bites Oct 21 – Issuance of Apostilles by the Singapore Academy of Law

Issuance of Apostilles by the Singapore Academy of Law On 18 January 2021, Singapore deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (“the Apostille Convention”). On 16 September 2021, Singapore’s accession to the Apostille Convention became effective. The Singapore Academy of

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11 Oct

Shaping up the shipping sector: Q&A with K Murali Pany

What are some matters that JTJB has advised on? We have continued to act in the usual spectrum of disputes such as charterparty and cargo disputes, but the bigger ticket matters that we have seen more of recently are the insolvency-related cases. Flowing from that, we have also been busier advising on transactional cases involving

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11 Oct

IMO 2020: Industry experts reflect on the transitional challenges

On 1 January 2020, a new limit on the sulphur content in the fuel used on board vessels was implemented. Commonly known as the “IMO 2020”, the rule limits the level of sulphur content in fuel used on board vessels outside designated emission control areas to 0.50% mass by mass, a substantial reduction from the

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11 Oct

Shipping’s route to decarbonisation

The shipping industry is under pressure to decrease its carbon missions as part of the broader drive by global governments to address the risks posed by climate change. With about 90% of the world’s trade transported by sea, shipping accounts for at least 2% of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions. In April, the Singapore

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11 Oct

Cybercrime knocks – How prepared is the shipping sector?

Navigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the shipping sector to reappraise its operations and reassess its resilience. Today, there is wide recognition that the adoption of tech will ultimately help ship owners, operators and other stakeholders better withstand future challenges. There are clear benefits on efficiency, productivity, costs and emissions reduction, to

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16 Sep

JTJB Law Bites Sep 21 – No Jab, No Job? What it means for employers

No Jab, No Job? What it means for employers The Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus has driven a wave of employers across the globe to mandate vaccines for their employees. So far, several global brands based in the U.S. including Walmart, Google, Facebook and United Airlines have all issued mandates for their employees to

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03 Sep

Mandating covid-19 vaccines in Singapore and Thailand

A refusal of vaccination without reasonable grounds could lead to an infection that endan­gers the business, but it is unlawful for employers to make vaccinations compulsory. This article highlights the legal and practical issues in enforcing mandatory employee vaccination in Singapore and Thailand. Singapore In July and August 2021, the Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower and

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