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Singapore's advisory on reasonable accommodations for PWDs likely to be released later this year

Singapore's advisory on reasonable accommodations for PWDs likely to be released later this year

"We will be engaging community groups in developing this advisory and aim to release this advisory around the same time as the introduction of the Workplace Fairness Legislation", the Ministry of Manpower said in response to a Parliamentary query.

The Ministry of Manpower Singapore (MOM) has shared that the tripartite partners are currently working on an advisory which will provide guidance to employers and employees on the provision of reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.

"We will be engaging community groups in developing this advisory and aim to release this advisory around the same time as the introduction of the Workplace Fairness Legislation", MOM said in response to a Parliamentary query.

When asked on how it will measure the effectiveness of a workplace accommodation for employees with disabilities, the Ministry shared that the most direct way would be to consider the employment outcome for the supported employee.

"In reality, however, it is difficult to measure the effectiveness of single initiatives as it often takes the collective effort of the individual, co-workers, employer and family for successful placement and continued employment. 

"Following the release of the advisory, we will engage employers and employees to gather feedback, reviewing and updating the advisory to strengthen its effectiveness where needed". The Ministry affirmed. 

MOM also clarified that the contents of the advisory will not be a part of the Workplace Fairness Legislation. Instead, the advisory will work together with the new law that will stop workplace discrimination against people with disabilities. 

"Both the advisory and upcoming law will work alongside the Enabling Masterplan to strengthen employment opportunities for persons with disabilities," MOM commented. 


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