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    Have you ever been coerced into doing something?

    Coercion traditionally involves using force or threat to get someone to do something, but there exist also “implied” threats.

    Last month, over lunch, I met with a lady who’s expecting a baby. She’s excited at the prospect of being a mother, but she shared with me something that was troubling her at work.

    “My boss wants me to reduce my maternity leave…she thinks that our business would have an eventful few months and that my participation would be ‘beneficial’…” says my friend.

    The boss suggested that my friend shorten the leave, or to return to work a day each week. Of course, being politically correct about it all – the boss did say that it is “her choice”, however the non-verbal and body languages say otherwise.

    My dear female friends – if you ever faced with something like this, please speak up about it. In Singapore where the laws are strict, employers are unlikely to break the law and deny you your statutory rights. However, they can use emotional/peer pressure to cause you to give up the same rights.


    These “requests” are never razor-clear as to what flouts a law and what doesn’t. But when in doubt, say “no” first – your employer cannot disagree. If you feel that you are victimised after that, there are avenues for you to seek redress.

    I am no medical professional but an informed read on medical journals will tell you why maternity leave is so important, for instance:

    Maternity leave reduces infant mortality
    Short maternity leaves are associated with postpartum depression
    Paid maternity leave helps low-waged families
    (If you’re interested in reading more about these, have a read here: Why Maternity Leave is Important | BlogHer)

    But honestly, if you’re an employer and you’re asking your pregnant employee to return to work, do you really want to be held responsible for anything untoward that may happen to her or her child?

    Where can you seek help?

    So where would you go to seek help if you feel that you’re being victimised or coerced into sacrificing your maternity leave? If you’re a member of a Union, speak with your union leaders first. If you’re in a large company, speak with your HR Manager. If not, go to the Ministry of Manpower and file a complaint.

    Singapore is a land where love, birth and babies are scarce. The policies are designed to protect mother and child.

    And please, no amount of money, no promotion, no amount of corporate power will ever replace your health, your life and the life of the child you’re carrying.

    Source: Respect the Maternity Leave | Five Stars And a Moon

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    she should be covered by employment law on maternity leave and cannot be asked to do so...subsequently, she can also go to MOM if she feels wrongly dismissed should it happen...ultimately, if the employer is really out to make life difficult for her she can't really do much also, its a cruel fact in this realistic world..
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    Latest complaint is that MOM are nothing more than toothless tigers, though.

    All bark and no bite.

    How now, brown cow?
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    Is a pity when bosses view their employees as mere tools.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DragonFire View Post
    Is a pity when bosses view their employees as mere tools.

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    Already happening everywhere.

    Here's the best part: Bosses are "sticker chasers" too. It won't matter who does what at where, as long as their new hires possess tonnes of "stickers" and are paid slave wages, that's one more for bragging rights. Their latest fave? Well-decorated, returning grads/postgrads doing entry/manual/labourer jobs for $1500/month. Doesn't matter if their new hires had fantastic portfolio too. (The most interesting so far was PWC: $1150/month - 60-hour ww)
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    Its all about the cost of labour. The rest is just hmm a good story.
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    It isn't the bosses fault but the whole performance appraisal tools based on objective measures. FTEs and he accounts are sacred measures which the department is not allowed to breach. So when one FTE goes on maternity, you are not allowed to hire temporary replacements. So that means having one less pair of hands at your disposal.

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