New non-binding tripartite standards in Singapore set out best practices for employers to develop age friendly policies to retain and attract older workers aged 60 and over. The standards cover such things as recruitment, training, and physical plant and call for appointment of a manager to oversee the policies.
The standards were negotiated by the Ministry of Manpower, the National Trades Union Congress, and Singapore National Employers' Federation. Employers agreeing to abide by them could use a logo to support their recruitment and marketing efforts and their names would be listed on the website of the Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (TAFEP).
Specifications of the new standard include:
TAFEP guidance includes several case studies outlining innovative employer programs and highlights the Fair and Progressive Employment Index that was jointly developed by TAFEP and the University of Singapore that aims to encourage employers to benchmark against industry peers.
Examples of other standards that have been issued recently cover recruitment (Mercer Select Intelligence, 8 Dec 2017), unpaid family leave (Mercer Select Intelligence, 9 Apr 2018), fixed term contracts (Mercer Select Intelligence, 4 Aug 2017) and workplace grievances (Mercer Select Intelligence, 30 Oct 2017).
By Mercer's Alanis Hon, Fiona Webster, and Stephanie Rosseau | 4 May 2018