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Paternity leave

Eligible working fathers, including those who are self-employed, are entitled to 1 week of paid paternity leave funded by the Government. They may be eligible for 1 additional week of paid paternity leave if their employers voluntarily agree to provide it, funded by the Government.

Eligibility

As a working father, you are entitled to Government-Paid Paternity Leave (GPPL) for all births if you meet the following requirements:

  • Your child is a Singapore citizen.
  • You are lawfully married to the child's mother.
  • For employees: you have served your employer for a continuous period of at least 3 months before the birth of your child.
  • For self-employed: you have been engaged in your work for a continuous period of at least 3 months before the birth of your child, and have lost income during the paternity leave period.

Entitlement

You get 1 week of GPPL.

For fathers of citizen children born from 1 January 2015 onwards, you may get up to 1 additional week of GPPL, if your employer voluntarily agrees to provide it.

Each week of GPPL is capped at $2,500, including CPF contributions.

You can take your leave as follows:

Arrangement Up to 2 weeks.
Default, without any mutual agreement Take 1-2 continuous weeks within 16 weeks after the birth of the child.
Flexibly, by mutual agreement Take 1-2 continuous weeks any time within 12 months after the birth of the child.

Split the 1-2 weeks into working days and take them in any combination within 12 months after the birth of the child.
Calculating actual leave days 1-2 weeks X the number of working days in the week.
Capped at 6 working days per week.
You may also be able to take another 1 week of shared parental leave.

How to apply

For instructions on applying for leave or claiming reimbursement, you can use any of the following:

Find out more

To find out more about pro-family leave measures, you can:

Last Updated: 25 August 2015