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Minister Grace Fu: NTUC's call for broadened family care benefits a step in the 'right direction'

Published on Feb 14, 2014 5:29 PM
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Minister Grace Fu (right) speaking with Sue Tan, 35, and her son Ashton Kee, 4, at Little Skool House, OCBC Centre.The National Trades Union Congress' (NTUC) call for companies to extend family care benefits to all employees with dependents, on top of those with young children, is a step in the right direction, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, Ms Grace Fu, on Friday, Feb 14, 2014 -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LIM

The National Trades Union Congress' (NTUC) call for companies to extend family care benefits to all employees with dependents, on top of those with young children, is a step in the right direction, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, Ms Grace Fu, on Friday.

She said: "I think that's the right direction to go because in order for us to meet with the needs of an ageing society and also a slow labour growth scenario, we need to keep people in our workplace as long as possible."

On Thursday, the NTUC issued four new guidelines for companies, which include providing family support schemes and facilities and family care leave to all employees who need to take care of dependents, including elderly relatives.

Ms Fu was speaking at the sidelines of her visit to the OCBC Centre to learn more about the bank's work-life friendly practices.

 
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