Employers and HR can use this guide to review and make necessary improvements to your organisation’s employment practices in preparation for the upcoming Workplace Fairness Legislation and the Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices (TGFEP). This page will be updated whenever more information and resources are available.
The Tripartite Committee has recommended that legislation prohibits workplace discrimination in respect of the following characteristics ("protected characteristics"): (i) age, (ii) nationality, (iii) sex, marital status, pregnancy status, caregiving responsibilities, (iv) race, religion, language; (v) disability and mental health conditions. This would cover all stages of employment, i.e. pre-employment (e.g. recruitment), in-employment (e.g. promotion, performance appraisal, training) and end-employment (e.g. dismissal).
The TGFEP will also be retained and enhanced to work in concert with legislation, to provide protection against all forms of workplace discrimination.
In addition, employers should put in place proper grievance handling processes. Employers may be prohibited from retaliating against those who report workplace discrimination and harassment and should protect the confidentiality of their identity, where possible.
The Government will work closely with Tripartite Partners to implement the Tripartite Committee recommendations in 2024. In the meantime, the Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (TAFEP) will continue to provide advice and assistance to workers who experience workplace discrimination.
Use the following to ensure your recruitment practices and grievance handling policies/procedures are ready:
More information on putting in place proper practices for other stages of employment can be found on our Employment Practices page.