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MOM to update framework that deters employers from discriminating against locals

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The government rules that ensure that employers do not discriminate Singaporean workers by hiring foreigners will be updated this year.

[SINGAPORE] The government rules that ensure that employers do not discriminate Singaporean workers by hiring foreigners will be updated this year.

Minister for Manpower Josephine Teo announced plans to update the Fair Consideration Framework in a Facebook post on Wednesday.

"Expect stronger deterrence for discrimination against Singaporeans when hiring, but also stronger support for employers who are committed to giving our people a fair chance," she said, without giving details of the review.

In her Facebook post, Ms Teo noted the Manpower Ministry's achievements in 2019, including boosting preschool support and adopting a 10-year road map to raise retirement and re-employment ages.

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She also noted that workplace fatalities had declined consistently since 2015 and sustained a record low rate of 1.2 per 100,000 workers for the past two consecutive years.

Highlighting the welfare of local employees, Ms Teo said: "Everyone, including lower-wage workers, needs fair chances to progress. In a time of business disruptions worldwide, all of us need fair opportunities to re-skill and stay employed. In the unfortunate event of a retrenchment, we need fair payouts."

She added: "Every single day, my colleagues at MOM actively pursue fairness at the workplace."

The ministry is preparing for the Budget 2020 and Committee of Supply debate, she said.

"As we begin 2020, my colleagues at MOM and I re-dedicate ourselves to strengthening fairness at the workplace as a value and a virtue. With fairness as a foundation, we can have more progressive workplace practices," Ms Teo pledged.

The Fair Consideration Framework was introduced in August 2014 on the back of a slowdown in the inflow of foreign workers after Singaporeans voiced unhappiness about them taking away good-paying professional, managerial and executive (PME) jobs from locals.

Under the rules then, companies with more than 25 employees must advertise professional, managerial and executive posts that pay less than S$12,000 a month. The advertisements need to run for at least 14 days before the firms can apply to the Ministry of Manpower for an Employment Pass (EP) for a foreigner.

The framework was last updated in July 2018 to cover firms with more than 10 employees and jobs that pay less than S$15,000 a month.

The Straits Times has contacted MOM for more details of the review.

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