Be fair to rehired workers

Many older workers welcome being re-employed after they turn 62.

Employers, too, must be sincere, and not just re-employ them because of the Retirement and Re-employment Act introduced in January 2012.

The majority of these older workers will be long-serving loyal employees, and companies will inevitably find them more expensive to insure.

Employers can show their appreciation by not tweaking their medical entitlement immediately at the age of 62.

Going forward, these workers should at least be given a small yearly increment to keep up with the rising cost of living, as their salaries would have reached the ceiling of their pay scale.

Some of these workers have even voluntarily accepted a pay cut,

even though they are still contributing productively at work, and may even be roped in to fill in for their younger colleagues on maternity or paternity leave.

Many of these retirees also have their annual leave entitlement reduced when they should be having more leisure time during their golden years.

Why begrudge them their earlier entitlement and benefits during their last remaining years of service?

Some flexibility on the part of employers is needed so that older workers have the incentive to work even when the re-employment age rises to 67 by 2017 ("Re-employment age will rise to 67 by 2017"; Aug 24).

Tan Keong Boon

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 03, 2015, with the headline 'Be fair to rehired workers'. Print Edition | Subscribe