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Oral Answer by Mrs Josephine Teo Second Minister for Manpower to Parliamentary Question on grant for hiring temp staff

NOTICE PAPER NO. 862 OF 2017 FOR THE SITTING ON 02 OCT 2017

QUESTION NO. 1472 FOR ORAL ANSWER

MP: Mr Louis Ng

To ask the Minister for Manpower whether his Ministry will consider setting up a grant that companies can apply for to partially offset their cost of hiring one temporary staff member for each female employee entering their second trimester of pregnancy until their employee’s child turns two years old.

Answer

  1. To make our workplaces more family-friendly, employers, supervisors and co-workers should support working mothers during pregnancy and parenthood. As the requirements of each company and needs of the workers may differ, we do not prescribe how the support should be provided. One main way is through Flexible Work Arrangements (FWAs). To encourage companies to implement FWAs, we provide the Work-Life Grant of up to $160,000 over four years per company.