ABOUT TRIPARTITE ALLIANCE FOR FAIR AND PROGRESSIVE EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES (TAFEP)
The Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (formerly known as Tripartite Alliance for Fair Employment Practices) was formed in May 2006 following the recommendation of the Tripartite Committee on Employability of Older Workers to promote employment practices that are fair and equitable to all workers.
The Alliance is co-chaired by Mr Bob Tan, Senior Advisor, Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) and Mr Heng Chee How, Deputy Secretary-General, National Trades Union Congress (NTUC). The Alliance also includes members representing the employers, workers/unions, and the government.
TAFEP opened its doors on 20 November 2007 to promote greater awareness of fair employment practices among employers and the general public. TAFEP's multi-pronged strategy involves creating awareness, educating employers on the business benefits and facilitating the adoption of fair employment practices at the workplace. Its key role is to promote and encourage the wider adoption of fair and progressive employment practices among employers.
GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR FAIR EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES
The 5 guiding principles of fair employment practices as stated in the Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices are:
- Recruit and select employees on the basis of merit (such as skills, experience or ability to perform the job), and regardless of age, race, gender, religion, marital status and family responsibilities or disability.
- Treat employees fairly and with respect and implement progressive human resource management systems.
- Provide employees with equal opportunity to be considered for training and development based on their strengths and needs, to help them achieve their full potential.
- Reward employees fairly based on their ability, performance, contribution and experience.
- Abide by labour laws and adopt Tripartite Guidelines which promote fair employment practices.
WHY FAIR AND PROGRESSIVE EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES?
Employers will find that by implementing fair and progressive employment practices, they will be able to widen the pool of candidates they can recruit from. Treating employees fairly and with respect will also help employers retain their valued staff in today’s tight labour market, build greater employee engagement and bring their businesses to greater heights. By putting in place progressive employment practices such as age-management practices and work-life strategies, employers also stand to gain an enhancement in employer branding, employee engagement and morale, higher productivity and customer satisfaction.
At the same time, employees will get a fair chance of being recruited and developed regardless of age, race, language, gender, marital status or religion so long as they have the ability to perform the job. Employees will also be able to find a work-life fit so that they can manage both their work and personal responsibilities.
More than 4,000 employers (including unions, chambers and associations) have signed the Employers’ Pledge of Fair Employment Practices and committed to being fair. The numbers are increasing continually with the increased awareness of fair and progressive employment.
As a pledge-signer, companies can send representatives to training workshops and seminars organised by TAFEP at subsidised rates. These include Recruitment and Selection Workshops and company sharing sessions on best HR practices.
In addition, pledged employers can make use of TAFEP's advisory services to improve their recruitment practices. Companies will be given recommendations on how they can enhance their employment practices and processes.
FEEDBACK FROM THE PUBLIC
Individuals who wish to provide feedback on fair and progressive employment practices can also contact TAFEP directly through the contact details below.