Restraint of trade clauses: Can you work in a competing firm after you resign?

Restraint of trade clauses are clauses in your contract that seek to prevent you from working for another employer in a competing business. But there is no need to freak out if you’ve only just realised that you agreed to such a clause in your employment. Generally speaking, the courts have decided that such clauses […]

NUS peeping case: When good boys turn bad, should they be given a chance?

First, I have to state the obvious – this article is in no way implying whether this boy should, or should not be given a chance. What I’m trying to do, is step away from the “justice must be done” crowd and consider the societal context and hopefully, understand something that can help steer our […]

Why is the NTUC involved in the running of businesses?

Someone asked me yesterday: “Over the years, NTUC has ventured into several businesses, from childcare and insurance to supermarkets and golf course management. While several of these businesses benefit Singaporeans in general, some seem to cater mostly to the high-income group.” How do such businesses tie in with the labour movement’s aim of protecting ordinary […]

Are there invisible workers in your office?

You probably know who your CEO is, even if you have never so much as stepped into the same lift with the man. Heck you probably even know all the directors by first and last name even though you have nothing to do with their departments. But what about the person that comes quietly into […]

This is how much junk mail you receive a year

Facebook user David Ong did a small social experiment: he saved all the junk mail received from 1st January to 30th December 2018 and collected 7kg worth. After sorting, the junk was categorised into 4 main genres: Property Agencies and agents Shopping malls and warehouse sales F&B types: Fast food, catering Handouts from tuition and […]

Using Free Online Will Generators? These Are The Potential Pitfalls

Recently, OCBC introduced a free will writing service via their proprietary online will generator. This is good and I hope many are encouraged to take charge of their assets responsibly rather than dying without one. However, there are many areas of concern in using online will generators or similar non-lawyer type services. It is open […]

We (badly) need statistics on unreported sexual harassment, crime and violence

“I inherited a world that did not make me feel very safe, did not make me feel fully empowered as a female, did not make me feel that i have a voice,” said Debra Teng, actress and also the producer of Under The Carpet: #metoo.   We all understand that sexual harassment, crime and violence […]

“I inherited a world that did not make me feel very safe, did not make me feel fully empowered as a female, did not make me feel that i have a voice,” said Debra Teng, actress and also the producer of “Under The Carpet: #metoo ”. We all understand that sexual harassment, crime and violence […]

Budget

The “Retirement + Re-employment Act” should be renamed

The name of the statutory act that provides for minimum retirement age should be changed. Today it is called the “Retirement and Re-Employment Act”. The wordings of the title and the content of the Act are problematic, no thanks to semantics. The word retirement, to a Singaporean, immediately brings to mind financial adequacy. Then, it […]

Freehold vs Leasehold: Does it really matter?

Firstly, landed property is the only true freehold. No condo is truly freehold, no matter what it says on PropertyGuru. The confused debate between free vs leasehold is muddled further because the picture on everyone’s mind is a multi-storey building. Condos and apartments ought to be classified as commonhold properties and the prices between each […]