Employers welcome proposal to keep workers' prison records confidential

Angie Tan

Former prison inmates may have difficulty getting hired because of the stigma attached to their past. To help them, Human Resources Minister M. Saravanan has suggested that prison records be kept confidential and exclusive to certain government departments and the police, and not to third parties like employers. – EPA pic, November 25, 2021.

EMPLOYERS’ groups and trade associations have welcomed the Human Resources Ministry’s proposal not to disclose prison records of employees as a step in the right direction to ensure that these individuals are given a chance to rejoin the workforce.

This will also prevent these individuals from being subject to stigma at the workplace from their colleagues, as having a prison record does not mean one is incapable of becoming a good worker, they added.

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