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Can an employer reject my paid childcare leave application for work reasons?

You are entitled to paid childcare leave, which helps working parents spend time with their young children and better balance their work and family commitments.

Happy employees are productive employees. It’s good practice for employers to help employees achieve a good work-life balance by encouraging and allowing them to fulfil their family commitments.

Your employer should grant you childcare leave, especially if you have childcare matters that can’t be postponed, like immunisations and school registration.

However, there may be instances when your employer is not able to grant your leave request due to work. You should let your employer know as early as possible of your childcare leave plans so they can better accommodate them.

MOM takes a serious view of unreasonable employers who deny employees their statutory rights, including childcare leave entitlement.

Affected employees can contact MOM for assistance.