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Work-Life Grant

As part of the 2013 Marriage and Parenthood (M&P) Package announced in January 2013, the Government is providing more help to employers to offer flexible work arrangements (FWAs) and support more employees on FWAs. This will better help employees manage work and family responsibilities, and enhance the pro-family environment in Singapore.

The Work-Life Grant under the new one-stop WorkPro Programme provides substantial funding and incentives for organisations to create and sustain a more supportive environment for Singaporeans to form and raise families. It replaces the WoW! Fund with effect from 1 Apri 2013.

The Work-Life Grant has two components: a Developmental Grant to help employers put in place flexible work arrangements (FWAs) and other work-life programmes; and a FWA Incentive to motivate employers who support more employees on FWAs. Organisations may tap on either or both components of the Work-Life Grant.

Developmental Grant

The Developmental Grant is a one-time grant of up to $40,000 per organisation to help you take steps towards implementing work-life strategies, particularly flexible work arrangements (FWAs). It can also help to defray developmental costs incurred, e.g. training, consultancy, infrastructure.

For employers

A $10,000 Developmental Grant would be given to organisations that pilot at least two new FWAs or substantially enhance existing FWAs.

Organisations must complete the following step-by-step process in implementing the FWA pilots:

  1. Conduct needs analysis to identify suitable FWAs that meet your organisation’s and employees’ needs.
  2. Develop an FWA implementation plan which includes a communication plan to engage your employees.
  3. Send at least one employee to be trained in implementing FWAs and managing employees on FWAs.
  4. Pilot at least two new FWAs or substantially enhance existing FWAs. The FWAs should involve at least 10% of your total workforce or a minimum of five employees, whichever is higher. Each FWA should be piloted for at least three months.
  5. Consult relevant stakeholders on the FWAs' trial.
  6. Monitor the FWAs to see if they work and make suitable refinements.

Another $10,000 would be given to your organisation if the piloted FWAs are formalised into the HR policies.

Organisations that incur expenses for the FWA pilots can claim for reimbursement of expenses (capped at $20,000 in total) based on the following percentages:

  • Up to 80% for items such as Work-life training and Work-life consultancy
  • Up to 50% for infrastructures for FWAs and selected employer support schemes such as lactation facilities

Employers who have previously benefited from the WoW! Fund can receive up to $20,000, provided that they have met all the qualifying criteria and put in place work-life strategies that have not already been implemented or covered in their previous work-life projects funded by the WoW! Fund.

Additional requirements

You need to:

  • appoint a work-life ambassador from senior management to champion a work-life friendly workplace for your employees and to communicate the organisation’s work-life policies to your employees
  • have at least one employee complete the work-life training course

For Building Owners / Management Corporation / Developers

You will be given a one-time grant of up to $20,000 per building to defray the costs incurred for building lactation facilities.

Co-funds will be provided up to a maximum of 50% for building lactation facilities specifically.

Building owners / Management Corporation / Developers who have previously benefited from BCA’s Accessibility Fund for purposes other than building lactation facilities can apply for Developmental Grant and receive up to $20,000 funding per building. This is provided that all the qualifying criteria are met.

Requirements

You need to complete the works for lactation facilities as stipulated in the letter of undertaking.

FWA Incentive

This is a cash incentive of up to $120,000 per organisation (disbursed in three tranches of up to $40,000 per year over three years) to motivate employers to support more employees on FWAs.

FWAs utilisation rate among its employees Total Incentive Annual Payment
At least 20% Up to $75,000 Up to $25,000
At least 30% Up to $120,000 Up to $40,000

The yearly incentive is computed based on the number of unique Singaporean employees working on FWAs:

  • $10,000 for the first five Singaporeans employees; and
  • $1,500 per additional Singaporean employee (from the sixth Singaporean employee onwards).

The incentive should be put towards efforts to nurture and further workplace cultures for better work-life harmony.

Additional requirements

You need to:

  • appoint a work-life ambassador from senior management to champion a work-life friendly workplace for your employees and to communicate the organisation’s work-life policies to your employees
  • have formalised two or more FWAs in your HR policies and communicated them to your employees
  • have no more than six in 10 employees counting towards the 20% or 30% utilisation requirement that belong to the same FWA type
  • sustain current work-life practices at your workplace to subsequent tranches of payouts

Types of FWAs

The FWAs recognised under the Work-Life Grant are flexi-time, flexi-place and/or part-time (other FWAs may be considered on a case-by-case basis). Employees must be working on a regular basis (i.e. not ad-hoc or casual employees).

Contact Details

Companies or individuals who require more information on the Work-Life Grant, which is part of WorkPro, can contact the Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) and National Trades Union Congress (NTUC). SNEF and NTUC are the only official programme partners appointed to market and administer the WorkPro Programme. Companies should approach only SNEF or NTUC for assistance, including consultancy service and advice to apply for WorkPro. This is provided at no cost to all companies.

Only applications / claims made by companies and submitted to SNEF or NTUC will be recognised and considered for funding. Application / claim made by private consultants or external parties acting on a company's behalf will not be entertained or accepted.

Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) National Trades Union Congress (NTUC)

Hotline: 6827 6949
Email: wdm@snef.org.sg
Website: www.sgemployers.com

Hotline: 6213 8383
Email: workpro@ntuc.org.sg
Website: www.ntuc.org.sg

Last updated on 01 July 2014 04:18:29