1. Abide by the Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices
The Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices (TGFEP) help organisations adopt fair and merit-based employment practices. All Singapore-based organisations are expected to abide by the Tripartite Guidelines.
According to the Guidelines, employers must recruit and select employees on the basis of merit (such as skills, experience or ability to perform the job), and regardless of age, race, gender, religion, marital status and family responsibilities, or disability. Any form of discrimination on factors not relevant to the job such as mental health conditions will be in breach of the TGFEP.
Fair employers develop merit-based workplaces by adhering to the Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices, and implementing good employment practices.
Fair employment practices are based on the five principles below.
Recruit Based on Merit
Recruit and select employees on the basis of merit (such as skills, experience or ability to perform the job), and regardless of age, race, gender, religion, marital status and family responsibilities, or disability.
Treat employees fairly and with respect and implement progressive human resource management systems.
Provide Fair Opportunities
Provide employees with fair opportunity to be considered for training and development based on their strengths and needs to help them achieve their full potential.
Reward employees fairly based on their ability, performance, contribution and experience.
Comply with Labour Laws
Abide by labour laws and adopt the Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices.
The Tripartite Guidelines apply to the following employment practices:
- Job advertisements
- Job application forms
- Job interviews
- Grievance handling
- Performance management
Before you start any retrenchment exercise, please refer to the Tripartite Advisory on Managing Excess Manpower and Responsible Retrenchment (PDF) for alternative solutions.
Where retrenchments are necessary, you must abide by the following Tripartite Guidelines on retrenchment.
- Always consult the unions (if your company is unionised).
- Consider alternative solutions (e.g. job redesign or upskilling).
- Use fair and objective criteria to select employees for retrenchment, and be empathetic.
- Provide retrenched employees with support (e.g. financial assistance or job opportunities with other organisations).