Fair jobs for S'poreans go beyond just hiring

Fair jobs for S'poreans go beyond just hiring

SINGAPORE - THE need for firms to be fair to Singaporeans does not end once a worker has been hired.

Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin made it clear in Parliament yesterday that his ministry's scrutiny of firms extends to other human resource practices too.

"Firms will also be flagged out if there are repeated complaints of unfair HR practices, whether it is for hiring, promotion, retirement or retrenchment," he said.

He was responding to Nominated MP Eugene Tan, one of seven MPs who raised questions on the Fair Consideration Framework announced last month.

It includes a requirement for firms looking to hire skilled foreigners on Employment Passes (EP) to first advertise for 14 days on a government jobs bank.

The framework also features greater scrutiny of firms that may have discriminatory HR practices: They will have to provide the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) with information like organisational charts with data on nationality.

"Such firms will be subject to additional scrutiny in their work pass applications and those which are found to have poor employment practices may have their work pass privileges curtailed," said Mr Tan.

The Fair Consideration Framework drew the most questions yesterday. Of the five MPs who filed questions on it, three rose with more queries, as did two other MPs who had not filed questions.

The rush was such that Mr Pritam Singh (Aljunied GRC) was unable to get a question in. His attempt to do so after Parliament had moved on was denied by Speaker Halimah Yacob.

Mr Tan also shed more light on the new framework. For instance, one factor that may land a firm under MOM's gaze is how fast its proportion of Singaporean professionals, managers and executives (PMEs) changes over time, he said in his reply to Ms Sylvia Lim (Aljunied GRC).

MOM has an "internal sense" of what this should be, he said. "It's an assessment and a judgment based on where we see the whole economy going."

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