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Paternity leave

From 1 Jan 2017, eligible working fathers, including those who are self-employed, are entitled to 2 weeks of paid paternity leave 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 or had been lawfully married to the child's mother between conception and birth. (Not applicable for adoptive fathers whose formal intent to adopt is on or after 1 January 2017.)
  • 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 2 weeks of GPPL.

Your GPPL entitlement per week depends on your number of working days in a week.

If you work 6 days a week, then you will get 12 days of GPPL.

For fathers of citizen children born (or with EDD) on or after 1 January 2017, as a working father, you are entitled to 2 weeks of GPPL.

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

You can take your leave as follows:

Arrangement 2 weeks GPPL.
Default, without any mutual agreement Take 2 continuous weeks within 16 weeks after the birth of the child.
Flexibly, by mutual agreement

Take 2 continuous weeks any time within 12 months after the birth of the child.

Split the 2 weeks into working days and take them in any combination within 12 months after the birth of the child.

Calculating actual leave days

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:

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:

Last Updated: 19 January 2017