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Paternity leave

From 1 January 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.
  • 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.

Adoptive fathers who meet the following requirements are also entitled to GPPL for all births:

  • Your child is a Singapore citizen.
  • 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 4 weeks 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: 13 December 2018