SNEF: Longer maternity leave will result in ‘loss of productivity’
Posted by temasektimes on July 25, 2012
The Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) has voiced out its opposition to NTUC’s recommendation that working mums be given six months of paid maternity leave with another optional six months of unpaid leave.
In a statement issued to the media, SNEF feels the current four months leave is already generous, compared to regional countries and economic competitors, adding that “longer maternity leave can result in a loss of productivity.”
It also warns that legislating more and different types of leave will add to labour costs and have other unintended negative effects which may lead to some companies choosing to hire men or younger women to avoid the higher employment costs.
SNEF proposes instead that companies be given better support to create family-friendly workplaces such as a “baby bonus for bosses”, where tax incentives are given to employers, whose employees go on maternity leave.
The recommendation by NTUC was made to boost Singapore’s declining birth rate which is one of the lowest in the world.