Monday, November 16, 2009

Singapore: Tripartite Guidelines on Re-Employment of Older Employees Released For Public Consultation

Singapore's Minister for Manpower and Chairman of the Tripartite Committee on Employability of Older Workers are inviting public consultation on a new draft Tripartite Guidelines for Re-employment of Older Employees that is aimed at preparing businesses and employees for re-employment legislation come 2012. This is an updated expansion of the advisory issued in April 2008, incorporating feedback from both employers and unions.

Among other things, the draft guidelines provide practical advice on good re-employment practices, including:
  • giving employers the flexibility to employ and retain older workers beyond the minimum statutory age of 62;
  • offering practical solutions to help employers put in place the necessary systems and processes for re-employment, such as pre-retirement planning and re-employment consultation, job arrangements for re-employment, adjustments to wages and benefits, and the offer of employment assistance payment (EAP); and
  • encouraging older workers who are adaptable and skilled to continue to work and contribute to the society.
The public may provide feedback and views on the draft guidelines via the Consultation Channel in the REACH portal by December 18, 2009. The tripartite partners expect to finalize and release the guidelines early next year. Source: Ministry of Manpower Press Release (November 16, 2009)

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