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FAQs on enhancements to Work-Life Grant

Employers can use the enhanced Work-Life Grant to sustain implementation of work-from-home or staggered hours.

What is new in the enhancements for Work-Life Grant announced on 7 April 2020?Show

In light of the COVID-19 situation and MOM’s intent to encourage companies to sustain implementation of work-from-home and/or staggered hours beyond mandatory social distancing regulations, we have enhanced the WLG criteria to make it faster and easier for companies to receive funding support for such arrangements.

The enhanced WLG criteria will only take effect during periods where there is no mandatory requirement for companies to offer work-from-home and staggered hours arrangements (i.e. when period of circuit breaker measures is over, from 2 June onwards).

  Current Enhanced
Duration of FWA adopted At least 12 times across 6 months

Daily adoption for 1 month

Note: 1 month period must not coincide with any period where there is mandatory workplace closure or work-fromhome / staggered hours requirements.

Type of FWA supported All FWAs Work from home and/or staggered hours
FWA initiated by Employee Employer or employee
Disbursement and period allowed to make claims 2 tranches, up to 2 years from Letter of Offer 1 tranche, up to 4 months from Letter of Offer
Existing requirements

No changes to existing requirements.

Employers must have adopted Tripartite Standard on FWAs at point of claim.

No changes to existing requirements.

Employers must have adopted Tripartite Standard on FWAs at point of claim.

Both the current and enhanced WLG will run concurrently.

Where can companies apply for the Enhanced Work-Life Grant (WLG)?Show

Employment and Employability Institute (e2i), Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF), and Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF) are the appointed Programme Partners for Work-Life Grant (WLG). Please approach any of the Programme Partners to apply.

Programme Partners Contact
NTUC-e2i 6474 0606
followup@e2i.com.sg
www.e2i.com.sg
SNEF 6290 7694
enhancedworklife@snef.sg
www.snef.org.sg
SMF 6826 3100
enquiry.ccl@smfederation.org.sg
www.smfccl.sg

Applications must be submitted directly by the companies. Third party applications through consultants or vendors will not be accepted. MOM, WSG, SNEF, NTUC-e2i and SMF do not endorse any consultants or vendors and their services or products.

When can companies start to apply for the enhanced WLG criteria and what is the expected processing time?Show

Even though the enhanced WLG criteria will only take effect when the period of circuit breaker measures is over, i.e. from 2 June 2020* onwards, companies can apply for the enhanced WLG from 20 April 2020 by approaching the Programme Partners – NTUC-e2i, SNEF and SMF.

We expect a surge in applications and seek your understanding that your application processing time may vary depending on the volume of applications received. Programme Partners will endeavour to acknowledge applications within 3 working days.

* Date may be subject to change if the period of circuit breaker measures is extended.

Can companies apply for both versions of the WLG FWA Incentive (FI), i.e. current WLG criteria and enhanced WLG criteria?Show

While both versions will run concurrently, companies are only able to apply for one version of the WLG FI. Companies that apply for WLG from 20 April 2020, can choose either the current or the enhanced WLG criteria.

The maximum claim amount for WLG FI remains at $70,000 per company (i.e. $2,000 per employee, up to 35 employees).

Under the enhanced WLG criteria, can companies submit multiple claims over 4 months?Show

No. Companies have to make their claim in a single tranche, within 4 months of the issuance of the Letter of Offer. However, their claim could consist of unique employees showing a month-long, daily adoption of work-from-home and/or staggered hours, for different months within the 4 months.

If a company is awarded a Letter of Offer for 35 employees on 1 June, 25 unique employees can utilise work-from-home and/or staggered hours arrangements daily in June, and 10 unique employees can utilise work-from-home and/or staggered hours arrangements daily in July. The company can then submit one consolidated claim for the 35 unique employees after July, but before end of September.

What can the WLG funding be used for?Show

WLG funding is on a per worker basis. Companies will be funded $2,000 per worker, for each worker on daily work-from-home and/or staggered hours arrangements for a month, capped at $70,000 per company. These monies can then be used in any way the companies requires to put in place work processes to implement work-from-home or staggered hours arrangements, including (but not limited to) costs for software / hardware.

Under the enhanced WLG criteria, can companies show evidence for a combination of work-from-home and/or staggered hours, daily over a month?Show

We recommend for companies to implement work-from-home, where practicable. However, if it is not, employers should adopt safe-distancing measures at the workplace, including staggered hours. In such situations, we will allow work-fromhome and/or staggered hours.

What happens if the COVID-19 pandemic is over before companies have made claims under the enhanced WLG criteria?Show

The COVID-19 enhancements to WLG are only for the period of COVID-19 pandemic. However, we will honour Letters of Offer that have been awarded. Companies awarded Letters of Offer under the enhanced WLG criteria will still be allowed to make claims within the Letter of Offer's period of 4 months. No extension of Letters of Offer will be given.

Can a previous WLG applicant whose claims have been fully disbursed reapply under the enhanced WLH criteria?Show

No. This will be considered having multiple applications for WLG, which is not permitted. Companies that have already benefitted from the WLG would generally be better able to implement FWAs for its workers. The limited funds available under the WLG can be better used to support other companies to adopt FWAs for the benefit of their workers.

Can companies with open Letter of Offer whose claims have been partially disbursed switch over to the enhanced WLG criteria? What about companies with open Letter of Offer but no claims to date?Show

No. Once WLG monies have been partially claimed, companies cannot amend its Letter of Offer to be on the enhanced WLG criteria.

Companies that have not made any claims under the current Letter of Offer, will be permitted a one-time switch over to the enhanced WLG criteria.

Can companies apply for WLG FI and/or JSI under the current WLG criteria even after 7 April 2020?Show

Yes. Companies will be allowed to apply for WLG FI and/or JSI under the current WLG criteria.