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Monday, 11 August 2014

PUB launches re-employment policy

PUB, the national water agency, is among the first statutory boards to introduce a re-employment policy to keep 65-year-old workers in their ranks for two more years.

The initiative was put in place last month to retain experienced employees, as long as they met health and work performance requirements.

“The reality is that PUB has a relatively sizeable mature workforce. If they can continue to contribute, why not re-employ them?” said PUB director of human resources Lawrence Tan.

Since 2012, firms have been required to offer re-employment to workers aged between 62 and 65, provided they are healthy and their work is satisfactory, or a one-off payment.

In May, the Government said it was looking at raising the re-employment age to 67.

Before its new formal policy, PUB, which has about 3,200 employees, did offer re-employment to those between 65 and 67. But these were on a case-by-case basis.

Tan said in the policy’s first year, about 75 employees would qualify for re-employment, and 70 would be offered it. He added that most of them would continue to work in the same job with no changes to their salaries.

Technician Tan Ah Tee, 65, is one employee who has benefited and said he would like to keep working as long as he was healthy.

“I feel content doing the job, and if I stayed at home I would have nothing to do,” he said. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network

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