MOM warns to not ‘rush’ work-from-home legislation

SINGAPORE: Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower will not “rush into” legislating work-from-home arrangements, as this may hinder economic recovery, Gan Siow Huang, Minister of Manpower said last week.

Instead, Gan expects such arrangements to become a more mainstream option, given most employers plan to let employees telecommute for at least part of their regular working week.

"We should not rush into hasty legislation that unintentionally creates workplace rigidity that may impede our economic recovery at this time,” said Gan.

The Minister also said that the approach to workplace flexibility should be inclusive. As it may not be practical for many employees such as frontline workers to work from home.

"Legislation may not be the best solution," she told media on January 11. "I think we should focus on enabling employers and employees with resources and with guides, to help them implement work from home and flexible work arrangements in a practical manner and a sustained manner."

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