Solutionsatwork, 14 Apr 2016
Solutionsatwork, 23 Jan 2013
Source: Ministry of Manpower Website
Under the newly announced Marriage and Parenthood package, fathers will now recieve 1 week of government-paid paternity leave, to be taken within 16 weeks after the birth of a child who is a Singapore citizen. This takes effect from 1 May 2013 onwards.
- Child is a Singapore Citizen born on or after 1 May 2013;
- The child’s parents are lawfully married;
- Father must have served his employer for a continuous duration of at least 3 calendar months immediately preceding the birth of the child;
For self-employed fathers, they must have been engaged in a particular business/ trade/ profession for a continuous duration of at least 3 calendar months immediately preceding the birth of the child; and have lost income as a result of not engaging in the trade, business, profession or vocation during the paternity leave period.
The 1 week of paternity leave will be funded by the Government (capped at $2,500 including CPF contributions). Employers will be required to provide the 1 week of paternity leave for births on or after 1 May 2013. However, employers may offer the paternity leave, on a voluntary basis, to employees with children born on or after 1 Jan 2013. The Government will reimburse the employers from 1 May 2013
In addition to the paternity leave, fathers are entitled to share up to 1 week of the 16 weeks maternity leave, if the mother agrees, and qualifies for the benefits.