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Mental Health Declaration @ Workplace

Since 2016, Silver Ribbon (Singapore) has been discussing with Ministry of Manpower & Tripartite Alliance for Fair & Progressive Employment Practices (TAFEP) on the challenges faced by persons with mental health issues in securing a job and disclosing their mental health condition at their job application forms.

And, we are indeed pleased to learn that TAFEP has included the following clauses in the Tripartite Guidelines for Fair Employment Practices, advising what employers must do to be FAIR

  • Review your job application form to ensure that each field is relevant to the job (e.g. skills, qualification and experience). Companies should not ask job applicants to declare personal information such as their mental health condition unless there is a job-related requirement. You may refer to TAFEP's sample job application form (Word document) for more guidance.

  • Remove fields on age, gender, race, religion, marital status and family responsibilities, or disability. All declarations on mental health condition should also be removed from the job application forms. If you require information that may be viewed as discriminatory, you should state your reasons clearly why you are collecting the information.

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