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Halimah Yacob reiterates call to legislate eldercare leave for workers

Published on Mar 26, 2014 10:01 AM
 
The Government should seriously consider legislating eldercare leave for workers, Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob has again said. -- BH FILE PHOTO: M.O. SALLEH 

The Government should seriously consider legislating eldercare leave for workers, Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob has again said.

This would help especially those who are struggling to look after both their children and elderly parents and would also signal the Government's support for families.

Speaking at a conference on Wednesday to discuss ageing issues, Madam Halimah said: "I would like to make this call again and I hope that the Government will seriously consider legislating eldercare leave. Even if it's only for a few days, it will provide great relief and is a strong signal that the Government supports families in their effort to care for their elderly at home."

Madam Halimah first called for eldercare leave to be made compulsory last year after receiving feedback from caregivers who said they did not have enough leave to provide the care that their elderly parents needed.

 
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