10 Mar '11, 12am

A SME owner explains why some small firms are wary of employing pregnant women.

I HOPE my experience will help explain why small firms are wary of hiring pregnant women ('SMEs say maternity leave is a headache'; Monday). I own a small company with a total of six employees. I employed a woman who discovered she was pregnant during her probation. But she did not inform me of her pregnancy until after she was confirmed. Once she was confirmed, she consumed all four months of her maternity leave although we appealed to her to stagger the leave over six months to alleviate our problem of staff shortage. After she completed her maternity leave, she handed in her resignation, telling me that she had planned to quit the company a year ago but stayed on to claim her maternity benefits. In such cases, how does the Ministry of Manpower protect employers? The Central Provident Fund Board paid half the wages during the employee's maternity leave, a move aimed at e...

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