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On 25 May 2016, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), the Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) and the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) released the revised Tripartite Guidelines on Managing Excess Manpower and Responsible Retrenchment (Guidelines), the focus of the changes were to state that retrenchment should only be considered as a last resort measure, and if retrenchment has to take place it should be done so in a responsible and sensitive manner as advised in the Guidelines. It also urged employers to consider other avenues to manage excess manpower. Details of the changes are set out below.
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