Improving workplace practices

Ensuring level playing field for Singaporean job applicants

Mr Emmanuel Lem heads the Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices' fair consideration management team. His team examines the human resource policies of companies flagged by the Manpower Ministry. This could include combing t
Mr Emmanuel Lem heads the Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices' fair consideration management team. His team examines the human resource policies of companies flagged by the Manpower Ministry. This could include combing through resumes submitted for a job post to ensure the selection criteria were applied fairly, or asking for interview records to see who was present.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

Tafep team probes firms flagged by MOM for unfairly favouring foreigners when hiring

A local information technology firm found to be unfairly favouring job applicants who were foreigners was barred in mid-2017 from hiring foreign staff until it improved its practices.

But it was uncooperative until six months later, when Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (Tafep) officer Emmanuel Lem received a call from the firm's upset chief executive, who said he was unable to go on a holiday and might even have to sell his house and car as business was so bad.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 21, 2019, with the headline 'Ensuring level playing field for S'porean job applicants'. Print Edition | Subscribe