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 or had been lawfully married to the child's mother between conception and birth.
- 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.
You get 1 week of GPPL.
Your GPPL entitlement in 1 week depends on your number of working days in a week.
If you work 6 days a week, then you will get 6 days 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:
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.
How to apply
For instructions on applying for leave or claiming reimbursement, you can use any of the following:
Changes in 2017
It is mandatory for employers to provide the second week of paternity leave to fathers of citizen children born from 1 January 2017 onwards.
More details will be released closer to 1 January 2017. More information can be found at www.heybaby.sg.
Find out more
To find out more about pro-family leave measures, you can: