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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.

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.
  • For self-employed: you have been engaged in your work for a continuous period of at least 3 months, and have lost income during the paternity leave period.

Entitlement

You get 1 week of GPPL, capped at $2,500, including CPF contributions.

You can take your leave as follows:

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

Split the 1 week into working days and take them in any combination within 12 months after the birth of the child.
Calculating working days 1 week x the number of working days in the week.
Capped at 6 working days.

You may also be able to take another 1 week of shared parental leave.

How to apply

For instructions on applying or claiming reimbursement, visit the eCitizen GPPL page or call 1800 227 1188.

Find out more

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

Last Updated: 26 May 2015