PAP Women’s Wing calling for pro-family workplaces

HRM 21 Feb 2013

The Women’s Wing of the People’s Action Party is pushing for bolder government intervention to encourage and support family-friendly workplaces.

In a paper submitted to the Ministry of Manpower, one suggestion was to allow employees with children below the age of 12 years to request for flexible work arrangements (FWA) from their companies.

The Women’s Wing is also proposing legislation to allow employees to take no-pay leave for up to one year to care for their children, and have their positions guaranteed when they return to work.

It is also calling for better protection of freelance and contract workers that cover areas such as CPF contributions, medical benefits and injury compensation.

To spearhead and promote the following HR policies, it is recommended that a one-stop centre is set up to provide training and handle complaints. Another suggestion in the paper is to implement a Work Employment credit scheme to offset employers’ costs for on-the-job training for women and job redesign.

People's Action Party (PAP) Member of Parliament for West Coast GRC, Foo Mee Har says that the government needs to take bold legislative action to ensure a shift towards a pro-family work culture.

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