Persons with disabilities in Singapore to get more government support

Mar 01, 2023 | 🚀 Fathership AI

Ministry of Manpower to enhance Enabling Employment Credit (EEC) for people with disabilities:

  • EEC benefits over 10,000 persons with disabilities in 2022, with close to 2,000 who had not been in work for at least six months.
  • EEC provides employers of people with disabilities earning below S$4,000 a month with permanent wage offsets of up to 20% of monthly income, capped at S$400 per employee.
  • Employers who hire PWD who have not been employed for at least six months receive an additional time-limited wage offset of up to 10% of monthly income for six months.
  • Additional wage offset component will be increased from 10% to 20%, capped at S$400 per employee.
  • Support duration will be increased from six to nine months.
  • Eligibility of the enhanced EEC will be expanded to include permanent residents.

Workfare enhanced to improve retirement adequacy

  • Eligible lower-income workers, including people with disabilities and their caregivers, receive the Workfare Income Supplement, which will boost their income and retirement savings through cash payments and CPF contributions.
  • Workfare further enhanced to allow all eligible PWDs to qualify for the highest payout tier, regardless of age.
  • Additional support provided by the government to PWDs and their caregivers if they are unable to work and have little retirement savings.

Support for caregivers who wish to return to the workforce

  • Caregivers can tap on Workforce Singapore's suite of employment facilitation programmes and services.
  • Career Conversion Programmes provide training and salary support to employers who hire and reskill mid-career jobseekers for new occupations.

Proposal for people with disabilities to be legally protected against workplace discrimination

  • Tripartite Committee on Workplace Fairness recommends proposed Workplace Fairness Legislation protect PWDs against workplace discrimination.
  • Avoid stereotyping and recognise everyone's skills and experience which they can bring to our teams at work.

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