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14 disputes cases on rehiring of older workers so far

The Manpower Ministry has received 14 dispute cases relating to re-employment of older workers since the law on re-hiring older workers kicked in this year.

14 disputes cases on rehiring of older workers so far

Singapore workers (file picture)

SINGAPORE: The Manpower Ministry has received 14 dispute cases relating to re-employment of older workers since the law on re-hiring older workers kicked in this year.

Deputy Prime Minister and Manpower Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said most of the cases were over eligibility for re-employment.

Several of them have been successfully settled, while the remaining cases are still undergoing discussion and conciliation.

Mr Shanmugaratnam was responding to Parliamentary questions by West Coast GRC MP Foo Mee Har, who asked about the results of implementing the Retirement and Re-employment Act since it came into effect on 1 January 2012.

Employers must put in place measures to allow their local employees to work past the age of 62.

Mr Shanmugaratnam said the implementation of the Retirement and Re-employment Act has been relatively smooth.

He added that the government has also reconstituted a tripartite workgroup comprising representatives from the unions, employer groups and the government, to monitor the progress of implementation of the re-employment law and the Tripartite Guidelines, and to address issues that may arise.

To avoid disputes, he urged employers to refer to the Tripartite Guidelines on the Re-employment of Older Employees which provides advice on engaging employees and in making re-employment offers.

The Manpower Ministry provides conciliation services to employers, unions and employees to help them resolve any re-employment issues amicably.

If the issue cannot be resolved through conciliation, workers may appeal to the Manpower Minister, or lodge a claim with the Commissioner for Labour to seek remedy.

Source: CNA/ck

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