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Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices (TAFEP) – Provides Recommendations for Employers
Singapore thrives as one of the important economy powerhouses in Asia with its diverse workforce in terms of ethnicity, religion, age, and gender. As a meritocratic society, Singapore’s workplace needs a fair and merit-based employment practices. Formed by the tripartite partners, namely National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and the Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF), the Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices (TAFEP) and advisories are the competitive advantages to the employment setting in Singapore that provides frameworks, benchmarks and recommendations for employers.
The Tripartite Standards, as the name suggests, refer to a new tripartite initiative to cultivate the adoption of fair and progressive workplace practices in Singapore. Each Tripartite Standard sets out a set of actionable employment practices in a specific area of employment and fills the gap between employment laws and Tripartite Guidelines and Tripartite Advisories. While the adoption of the Tripartite Standards voluntary, Singaporean employers who chose to adopt them will be able to stand out as the employers of choice, cementing their position and strength to attract and retain talent.
The Core Principles of Fair Employment Practices
The core principles of Fair Employment Practices as set out in the Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices (TAFEP) include the following:
- Merit-based recruitment regardless of the applicants’ age, race, gender, religion, marital status and family responsibilities, or disability;
- Fair treatment to employees via progressive human resource management systems;
- Provision of equal training opportunities;
- Merit-based reward system
- Compliance with the labour laws and abides by the Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices (TAFEP).
What is included in the Tripartite Standard?
- Tripartite Standard on Employment of Term Contract Employees
- Tripartite Standards for Flexible Work Arrangements
- Tripartite Standard on Grievance Handling
- Tripartite Standards for Recruitment Practices
- Tripartite Standard on the Procurement of Services from Media Freelancers
- Tripartite Standard on Unpaid Leave for Unexpected Care Needs Tripartite Standard on Unpaid Leave for Unexpected Care Needs
- Tripartite Standard on Contracting with Self-Employed Persons
- Tripartite Standard on Age-friendly Workplace Practices
Human Capital Partnership Programme
While human capital development is essential for a country’s economy to grow and stay competitive, it is another crucial factor that ensures and engineers better jobs, better salaries, better careers, as well as talent retention. Aimed to cultivate and promote the culture of progressive employment practices, the Human Capital Partnership (HCP) Programme was launched in 2016 to increase implement the fair employment practices in Singapore. HCP is a tripartite initiative that aims to achieve a stronger Singaporean core, which includes employees of diverse backgrounds and ages; local and foreign workforce complementing each other as well as the proactive professional knowledge sharing from foreign professionals to locals to the up-skill local workforce. Under the HCP, participating companies will be able to share best practices at networking sessions and they will be recognised as the employers of choice.