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Heard that maternity leave could be a choice of 4 months of paid leave or 6 months leave with the first 2 months of paid leave and the next 4 months of half-month salary. Will have to wait till Sunday to see if it's true..

Honestly, I'm hoping more for further subsidies on childcare/schools & lowering of the maid levy...

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Aug. 18th, 2004 05:37 pm (UTC)
but i heard it's all optional, not compulsory leh...except for the govt sectors ;(
Aug. 18th, 2004 06:04 pm (UTC)
hmm..optional meaning that the coy can choose not to adopt them? That won't be fair right?

But truly..the longer maternity leave does sound good in theory but it doesnt really bode well for us women in the workplace because wouldn't employers favour men even more now with this in place? That's why I'm hoping more for some 'monetary' assistance in terms of childcare and maids etc..
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Aug. 18th, 2004 05:58 pm (UTC)
whatever it is I must go find work first to qualify.
Aug. 18th, 2004 06:07 pm (UTC)
haha..u r given infinite maternity leave leh!
(no subject) - laurapoon - Aug. 18th, 2004 06:32 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 18th, 2004 06:14 pm (UTC)
sounds a bit too generous from our govt. I'm expecting more like adding another 1 month of flexible 'childcare' leave to the existing 2 months.

You are right about giving more subsidies on childcare and maid levy, these are much more impt than the maternity leave.
Aug. 19th, 2004 03:46 pm (UTC)
well, who knows, you may be right..we have to wait till this sunday to find out :)

heh..the timing is quite good for u eh :)
(no subject) - debralim - Aug. 19th, 2004 05:31 pm (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 18th, 2004 06:17 pm (UTC)
Planning for number 2? ;)
It's more likely to be a recommendation and I doubt many private companies will adopt it. My HR already drop hints that they will not follow govt's policy. My biggest wish is that they enforce flexi-working hours for all or reduce the minimum working hours, but then this kind of policy will affect Singapore economy, so it's a 'tan-ku-ku' thing :p
Aug. 18th, 2004 07:04 pm (UTC)
actually, I was thinking of flexi-hours and also coys allowing moms to work from home too..But remember, with flexi hours/minimum working hours..it may also result in lesser pay and incentives which for Singaporeans is a major no-no..
Aug. 18th, 2004 06:36 pm (UTC)
I had been hearing this rumour too lah.

BUT this only solves the initial child birth, I was hoping to see something more down the road, like what you mention childcare / school subsides, and also compulsory 5-day week for better family life (thot they are promoting Healthy Family Lifestyle)
Aug. 18th, 2004 07:01 pm (UTC)
heh..a 5 day work week can also end up being a recommendation as i know many local coys will definitely not adopt it. Even EDB has a 5 1/2 day work week..

Aug. 18th, 2004 06:43 pm (UTC)
Lowering of maid levy? I think we can only continue to dream of this. Just recently, the ex-Labour chief just propsed to make it even more tough to employ maids so that locals can have the job. That "250" is super deluded.

Anyway, I really loathe that "250", for many reasons.
Aug. 18th, 2004 06:53 pm (UTC)
oh man..is he truly dense or what??!! And yeah sure..we have tons of singaporeans scrambling to become maids..!

And I'm sure he has like more than 1 maid in his household working for him...and I bet they aren't local..bleah!
Aug. 18th, 2004 07:01 pm (UTC)
Maybe it's time I move back to S'pore. :)
Aug. 18th, 2004 07:21 pm (UTC)
Move back and must join civil service sectors...then sure get the maternity benefits...
(no subject) - angeliatay - Aug. 19th, 2004 06:25 am (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 18th, 2004 07:41 pm (UTC)
Can't tell you much but listen to the rally on Sunday.
Aug. 19th, 2004 03:43 pm (UTC)
wah! Got inside info ah? tell leh!
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Aug. 18th, 2004 08:21 pm (UTC)
I'm also going to wait for the rally on Sunday, what's more, with bated breath!!

I'm in the private sector, and can only hope that it will be imposed, if not I still won't be able to enjoy it...

but anyway, if things like annual leave and paternity leave and the original 8 weeks of maternity leave can become entrenched in our job landscape, why not more maternity leave?
Aug. 19th, 2004 03:40 pm (UTC)
hm..somehow, signs are that it will just be recommended and not imposed..

I guess..it will be a start and there is a need to change the mindsets of pple (employers)...not easy though.
Aug. 19th, 2004 12:29 am (UTC)
*groan* in future when women enters to an interview, if they ever get a call back. They would have at least 5 more questions on their fetility ability than the male counterparts.

More maternity leave = less productive = less bargaining power. *SIGH*
Aug. 19th, 2004 03:43 pm (UTC)
hiaks..fertility ability..

oh well, i guess we have to wait and see whether it truly makes us women less employable.. But honestly, will longer maternity leave make u wanna have more babies? Not for me though..i want more subsidies in those areas that i mentioned instead! This would help the entire family unit more..
Aug. 19th, 2004 06:21 am (UTC)
could you have someone call over here in the states and tell them that? 6 weeks which seems to be the norm here just doesnt seem long enough to me!
Aug. 19th, 2004 06:24 am (UTC)
Re: wow
huh serious? so little? I'd always assumed it's better over there. Our current maternity leave is 2 mths.
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Re: wow - angeliatay - Aug. 19th, 2004 06:51 am (UTC) - Expand
Aug. 19th, 2004 06:22 am (UTC)
hmm of course
they have slowly started to give men the right to take time off after a new baby too. soooooo maybe what we have isnt all that bad.
Aug. 19th, 2004 06:24 am (UTC)
Re: hmm of course
how many days leave are the men given? It's only 2 days paternity leave for men here..
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Aug. 19th, 2004 03:38 pm (UTC)

declining birthrates a major concern of govt..
Aug. 19th, 2004 09:09 am (UTC)
then again..5 day workweek..so..?
Aug. 21st, 2004 12:04 am (UTC)
wah...like that i dun mind being pregnant again man!!! LOL :) or even fake pregnancy to get some really long paid leaves :P
Aug. 21st, 2004 02:23 am (UTC)
*bish* u ah hehe
i think if u have no.2, u have to consider whether to stay home fulltime. I do wonder too..
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