MATERNITY LEAVE COMPLAINTS GOVERNMENT
Singapore – An average of 100 complaints about dismissed pregnant employees and the denial of maternity leave are received every year by the Ministry of Manpower.
MOM has been receiving the complaints since the Marriage and Parenthood package was enhanced in 2008.
According to acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin, the cases are mostly about disputes over dismissals or maternity leave entitlements. However, he said around 25% of those cases were found to be invalid and were withdrawn by the employee after the merits of the case was reviewed, TODAY reported.
Of those that were considered as complaints, about 90% were resolved through mediation.
Tan said cases in which women were denied statutory leave benefits were referred to the Labour Court for adjudication, and form about 7% of all cases. He also said MOM only steps in to mediate when the cases are not clear-cut.
But for cases where mediation has failed, Tan advised employees to approach MOM to ask for reinstatement, and he said there are only about three to four such cases a year.
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