Legislation Update: COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020

The COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020 was urgently passed in the Singapore Parliament yesterday (7 April 2020). If your business has been affected by COVID-19, consider if you may seek temporary relief under the new law or object to another party relying on such relief. If your organisation requires the conduct of meetings (e.g., Annual General Meetings), take note of alternative arrangements for the conduct of meetings which would be compliant with circuit breaker and other measures.

Questions Facing Unwed Mothers: Birth, Adoption, and Maintenance

Finding herself pregnant, single, and homeless all in a short span of time, Amelia* was worried about the legal and financial uncertainties ahead of her. Should she abort her pregnancy? Can she give the child up for adoption? How will she afford to raise the child on her own? In this article, Stacey Lopez sheds light on the issues Amelia faces by spelling out the options unwed mothers have and the decisions they have to make.

Note on Payment Services Act

Updated 20 January 2020 The Payment Services Act (“PSA”) will commences on 28 January 2020. MAS has issued the Guidelines on Licensing for Payment Service Providers, Guideline No: PS-G01 (18 December 2019) and specimen forms for PSA. Summary of Considerations for Payments Service Providers If you provide any service, incidental to your core business or […]

Travelling Safe: Outrage Onboard Public Transportation

In recent times, there has been a noticeable rise in reported “outrage of modesty” and “insult of modesty” cases[1]. This has been identified as a key concern for the authorities, who have been noted to state that they will be working closely with “stakeholders and the community to prevent and deter” such cases. While such […]

Legislative review to allow non-parents to apply for guardianship of a child

We responded to the invitation for feedback under the Public Consultation on Recommendations submitted by the Committee to Review and Enhance Reforms in the Family Justice System by the Ministry of Law and the Ministry of Social and Family Development. In our work with various social service agencies (“SSAs”) in Singapore, Covenant Chambers LLC has received several […]

Doctor’s Conviction for Disclosure of Patient’s Confidential Medical Information in a Medical Emergency Overturned by the Court of Three Judges

The Court of Three Judge’s decision in Singapore Medical Council v Soo Shuenn Chiang [2019] SGHC 250 clarifies that the inquiry a doctor should undertake when faced with a request for a patient’s confidential medical information is context-specific In a welcome move for the medical profession, the Court of Three Judges set aside the Singapore […]

Pet Boarding: Are Your Pets Really in Safe Hands?

AVA Investigating Pet Boarding Facility Platinium Dogs Club for Mistreatment All pet owners have one thing in common: the fear of leaving your beloved pet in the hands of another whom you have no visibility or control over whilst being away. The common consensus also suggests that traditional pet boarding facilities prioritise safety by being […]

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