For working fathers of children born on or after 1 January 2017*:
You are eligible for 2 weeks of Paternity Leave.
*Includes children born before 1 January 2017, but whose estimated date of delivery (EDD) was on or after 1 January 2017.
For working fathers of children born between 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2016:
You are eligible for 1 week of Paternity Leave. You may enjoy an additional week of Paternity Leave, if your employer voluntarily provides it.
By default, the Paternity Leave can be taken continuously as a 2-week block within 16 weeks after the birth of the child, or flexibly within 12 months after the birth of the child as long as there is mutual agreement between the employer and employee. Paternity Leave is funded by the government, capped at $2,500 per week, inclusive of CPF contributions.
You are eligible for Government-Paid Paternity Leave, if you meet all three eligibility criteria listed below:
- 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 preceding the birth of your child;
- If self-employed: You have been engaged in a particular business, trade or profession for a continuous period of at least 3 months preceding the birth of your child, and have lost income as a result of not engaging in your business, trade or profession during the Paternity Leave period.
There is a need to balance between providing support for parents and the concerns of employers on business costs and productivity. The enhancement had been announced earlier to give employers time to adjust.
You will need to first declare your eligibility to your employer. You can apply for Paternity Leave from your employer thereafter, according to your company's leave-taking procedures. You are advised to give advance notice to your employer before taking Paternity Leave. This will help your employer to better plan and manage business operations. Please visit www.profamilyleave.gov.sg for more details on the application process.
Paternity Leave is to be taken within 16 weeks after the birth of a Singapore Citizen child. Paternity Leave can be taken flexibly within 12 months after the birth of the child, if there is mutual agreement between the employer and employee.
While the default practice is for Paternity Leave to be taken in a continuous block of 2 weeks within the first 16 weeks of the child's birth, employees may take the leave flexibly within 12 months after your child is born, subject to mutual agreement between you and your employer.
If you and your employer cannot agree on the leave arrangement, the default is for you to take your Paternity Leave in a continuous block of 2 weeks, within 16 weeks after your child is born.
Adoptive fathers are eligible for Government-Paid Paternity Leave if they meet all the following eligibility criteria:
- The adopted child is below 12 months of age;
- The adopted child is a Singapore Citizen, or in cases where the adopted child is not a Singapore Citizen, at least one of the adoptive parents must be a Singapore Citizen;
- The adoptive father must have served his employer – or, if self-employed, have been engaged in a particular business, trade or profession – for a continuous period of at least 3 months preceding the point of 'formal intent to adopt'*;
- The Adoption Order is granted within 1 year from the point of 'formal intent to adopt', and the adopted child obtains Singapore Citizenship within 6 months after the Adoption Order is passed; AND
- The father is an applicant to the adoption.
*‘Formal intent to adopt’ refers to the point of filing of the adoption petition to the Family Court for adoption (Singapore Citizen child); or the point of issuance of a document stating that the application for the Dependant’s Pass for the adopted child has been approved (non-Singapore Citizen child).
You will be eligible for Paternity Leave if your child is a Singapore Citizen and you meet the other eligibility criteria.
Employers can claim for reimbursement from the Pro-family Leave website.
Please refer to the following website for details on the claim procedures: www.profamilyleave.gov.sg
You will be eligible for Paternity Leave, as long as you have worked for a continuous period of at least 3 months preceding the birth of your child.