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Singapore's gig economy braces for 'complex' safety net rules

ASEAN's first protections for platform workers have regional implications

SINGAPORE -- Tech companies in Singapore that rely on "gig workers" are bracing for higher costs, as they are being asked to fashion a stronger safety net for independent contractors. Companies and experts describe the new government regulations as complex, with difficult questions unanswered.

From late 2024 onward, a new set of rules in the city-state will require ride-hailing and food delivery companies to contribute to social security savings programs for workers, and compensate them for workplace injuries.

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