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$10,000 grant for bosses who try flexi-work schemes

$170m WorkPro programme offers more incentives

Published on Jun 19, 2014 9:25 AM
 

More incentives for employers to try out flexible work arrangements and implement health programmes for workers will be rolled out from July 1.

Senior Minister of State for Manpower and Health Amy Khor yesterday announced enhancements to the $170 million WorkPro scheme, which funds companies so that they can help groups such as older workers and mothers get back to work.

Dr Khor said the enhancements are to entice companies and workers to use the existing resources.

"We want to encourage take-up and utilisation of these flexible work arrangements among the workers... so they can better meet their work responsibilities as well as personal needs," she said on the sidelines of a seminar on managing an ageing workforce.

 
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Key enhancements from July 1

WORK-LIFE GRANT

Up to $160,000 per company over three years

  • Now: Up to $40,000 reimbursement after implementing new flexi-work arrangements.
  • From July: Up to $40,000 funding, including $10,000 to pilot flexi-work arrangements and $10,000 to fully implement them.
  • Must have at least two forms of flexi-work arrangements.
  • Now: Up to $40,000 per year if 30 per cent of workers use flexi-work arrangements.
  • From July: Additional tier of up to $25,000 per year if 20 per cent of workers use flexi-work arrangements.
  • Must have at least two forms of flexi-work arrangements and workers must use at least one form.

 

AGE MANAGEMENT GRANT

Up to $20,000 per company

  • Now: Must have a re-employment policy and at least two types of age management practices.
  • From July: Staff must also attend a Workplace Health Promotion Facilitator course and implement a standardised Health and Wellness programme.
  • Must employ at least five mature workers.


More details can be found at www.wda.gov.sg/workpro

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