New laws require goods/food delivery gig workers to register under Self-Employment Social Security Scheme from 1 October 2021

New laws coming into force on 1 October 2021 will require self-employed goods and food delivery workers to be registered under the Self-Employment Social Security Act 2017 (“the SESS Act”) and contribute to the fund under the Self-Employment Social Security Scheme.

The Self-Employment Social Security Scheme was introduced to provide protection against employment injuries including occupational diseases and accidents during work-related activities for individuals who are self-employed under the SESS Act. It was initially compulsory only for gig workers in the passenger transportation sector (taxi, e-hailing, and bus drivers), but has since been expanded to other sectors, including goods and food delivery gig workers. These latest amendments now make registration compulsory for all goods and food delivery gig workers.

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