Shared Parental Leave will be increased to further encourage and support shared parental responsibility. Working fathers will be able to share four weeks of leave from their wives' 16 weeks of maternity leave, as long as the latter agree. This will apply to working parents of Singapore citizen children born on or after 1 July 2017. More details will be released closer to 1 July 2017.
For parents with children who are born before 1 July 2017
Working fathers whose children are born before 1 July 2017 are eligible to share 1 week of their wives' 16 weeks of maternity leave, as long as the latter agree.
Shared parental leave is funded by the Government and capped at $2,500 per week, inclusive of CPF contributions.
*To be increased to 4 weeks for children born on or after 1 July 2017
Fathers can take shared parental leave in a continuous block of 1 week within 12 months after the birth of the child.
However, if there is mutual agreement between the employer and the employee, the leave may be taken on a flexible basis within 12 months after the birth of the child.
You are eligible for shared parental leave if you are a working father (or self-employed), and meet all the following criteria:
- Your child is a Singapore Citizen;
- The child's mother qualifies for Government-paid maternity leave; and
- You are lawfully married to the child's mother.
The enhancement to shared parental leave requires changes to legislation, as well as significant system enhancements to ensure all the claims will be reimbursed accurately. These will take time. Employers will also need time to make adjustments to their infrastructure and HR processes. We have announced the enhancement earlier to give employers time to adjust. More details of the enhancement will be released on this website closer to 1 July 2017.
You and your spouse will first have to discuss the arrangement with your respective employers. When an agreement has been reached, the mother can log on to the Shared Parental Leave Application System (SPLAS), which is available at the Pro-family Leave website, to indicate her decision to allocate 1 week of shared parental leave to the father. Both spouses will need to print out the confirmation letter from the website and submit it to both your employers to confirm the allocation of the shared parental leave. Employers will refer to this recorded allocated leave when considering maternity and shared parental leave applications by the female employee and her spouse respectively.
Parents should carefully consider their allocation of shared parental leave before registering it, as changes will not be allowed. While we are mindful of parents’ need for flexibility, any changes in shared parental leave allocation would require significant adjustment and administration on the parts of both employers involved as well as the Government. Rather than allowing for changes in allocation, we have given parents a longer time to decide on whether to allocate shared parental leave to the father (before the child turns 12 months old).
Shared parental leave is to be taken within 12 months after the child's birth. As a default, shared parental leave is to be taken in a continuous block of 1 week within 12 months after the child's birth. If there is mutual agreement between the employer and employee, shared parental leave can be taken flexibly (i.e. in a non-continuous manner) within 12 months after the child's birth.
The father will be paid at his salary, capped at $2,500 per week, inclusive of CPF contributions.
The leave allocation of '1 week' is defined in terms of the work week of the relevant parent employee.
For example, let's consider how a mother who has a 5-day work week,will share a week of Government-paid maternity leave with her husband who has a 6-day work week
|Work Week||Mum with a 5-day work week||Dad with a 6-day work week|
|Duration of leave after sharing 1 week of maternity leave||16 weeks – 1 week = 15 weeks of maternity leave based on a 5 day work week||+ 1 week of shared parental leave based on a 6 day work week|
As a default, shared parental leave is to be taken in a continuous block of 1 week within 12 months after the child's birth. If there is mutual agreement between the employer and employee, shared parental leave can be taken flexibly (i.e. in a non-continuous manner) within 12 months after the child's birth.
Yes, both parents can take maternity leave and shared parental leave at the same time.
Yes, a father can apply for shared parental leave as long as the mother is eligible for Government-paid maternity leave. There is no minimum employment duration for the father to qualify for shared parental leave, as long as the mother meets the minimum employment duration and other eligibility criteria for Government-paid maternity leave, and the father has not been allocated shared parental leave under his previous employer for the same child.
No, shared parental leave is allocated in a 1-week block. Your wife can choose to allocate 1 week of her Government-paid maternity leave to you as shared parental leave, or none at all.
However, once allocated, you can choose to take the leave in a continuous block of 1 week or flexibly (i.e. taking a few days at a time), as long as there is mutual agreement with your employer. Please note that any part of allocated shared parental leave not taken by the end of the child's 12th month will be forfeited.
Couples have the flexibility to declare the allocation of shared parental leave to the father any time before the child turns 12 months old. This should be sufficient to enable a couple to discuss and decide on an arrangement that best suits their needs. Couples should also consult their respective employers before deciding on their allocation. If fathers are unsure whether they can commit to 1 week of leave, they can wait until they have more certainty before making the declaration no later than 12 months after the birth of the child. Please note that shared parental leave is to be taken within 12 months of the child's birth.
This approach balances parents' needs for flexibility with employers' concerns on the impact on business operations and productivity, particularly given the implementation complexities of the shared parental leave, a complex leave scheme that involves 4 parties – the father, mother, and their respective employers.
[Note: Shared parental leave will have to be taken before the mother utilises more than 15 weeks of maternity leave. If she has already utilised more than 15 weeks of maternity leave, it will be too late for her to share the leave with her spouse.]
Parents should consider the decision to share the leave carefully as the declaration for shared parental leave cannot be cancelled. For special circumstances like resignation, retrenchment or termination where the father has not utilised any part of the shared leave, please send the following documents to email@example.com to make an appeal:
- Letter of resignation/retrenchment/termination
- Email/letter from your employer to show that the shared parental leave has not been utilised at all
If approved, the portion of the shared parental leave will be returned to the mother and she has to utilise it within 12 months from the child's date of birth.
If an eligible employee is planning to take shared parental leave, his spouse will need to indicate the decision in the Shared Parental Leave Allocation System available on the Profamily Leave website (www.profamilyleave.gov.sg) and obtain a printout from the system on the decision. A copy of this letter should be handed his employer, to show his employer that his wife had allocated 1-week of leave to him. He will have to apply for leave according to his company's usual leave-taking procedures. Employers may visit www.profamilyleave.gov.sg for details.
Employers can claim for reimbursement through the Pro-family Leave website.