Mental health declaration for job applicants now made discriminatory under new guidelines

In a recent update, the Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (TAFEP) has recently updated its guidelines and now advises employers that they “should not ask job applicants to declare personal information such as their mental health condition unless there is a job related requirement.”

Additionally, TAFEP has also stated that employers should remove all declarations on mental health condition from the job application forms. This move is a step towards lessening workplace discrimination.

Not following the TAFEP guidelines may lead to employers liable to enforcement actions by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) on the grounds of discrimination.

According to The Straits Times, Tafep has engaged more than 8,000 employers to raise awareness.

President Halimah Yacob affirms TAFEP’s recent guidelines update

On Jan. 20, President Halimah Yacob posted an update on Facebook, affirming TAFEP’s recent move. You can read the full post  here.

 

 

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