Singapore: Government Commits to Supporting Women’s Equality in the Workforce

Singapore’s Minister of Manpower recently outlined four key tenets of the government’s strategy to support women entering, participating and advancing in the workforce with a focus on ensuring equal pay and opportunities.

The first tenet outlines facilitating women’s access to employment through national employment programs and services. The second looks at creating flexible work arrangements and other work-life enhancing strategies. Third, the government hopes to shift societal norms about women outside of work by promoting the sharing of caregiving responsibilities to allow women greater career flexibility. The last tenet focuses on ensuring a fair, safe and progressive working environment for women.

Takeaway: Improving labor market matches through national programs, reshaping societal mindsets, and education and policies around workplace discrimination all contribute to the government’s strategy to support the workforce. Companies that take an active role in driving continuous change within their organizations will have an advantage in securing talent across all areas of diversity, including women.

North America

US: Department of Labor Announces Final Rule on Joint Employment Regulation

US: New York City Fair Chance Act Amendments in Effect

US: California’s Prop 22 Worker Classification Law Struck Down

Canada: Pay Equity Act Aims to Close Gender Gap in the Workforce


UK: Flexible Working Model Will Not Apply to Financial Services

UK: Umbrella Company Update: New Government Proposals Amid Calls for Total Ban

UK: Single Worker Status Proposed by Labour Party

EU: Whistleblower Protection Directive Laws Coming Late 2021


Australia: Surprise Ruling Strengthens Employers’ Say in Casual Worker Classifications

China: New Laws Protect the Rights of Flexible Workers

India: Companies Advised to Build Comprehensive Work-From-Home Policies

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