Paternity Leave in Singapore: A Guide for Overseas Employers

Most employers are familiar with maternity leave for new mothers, but perhaps don’t realize that many countries also offer paternity leave for the father. Paternity leave as a benefit may be statutory, by company policy, or both.

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The reason behind paternity leave is the recognition that it is equally important for a new father to spend quality time with their newborn child.

In Singapore, there is statutory Government Paid Paternity Leave (GPPL) for fathers that meet the eligibility requirements.  Compared to other countries which may only offer 2- 3 days of unpaid leave, Singapore’s paternity leave is very generous.

What are the paternity leave entitlements in Singapore?

The paternity leave entitlements are two paid weeks of ‘working days’.  So, if an employee works 5 days a week that equals 10 paid days, and 6 days a week equals the 12-day maximum benefit.  The paid benefit is capped at SGD $2500 per week.

The employer continues to pay the father as usual, but can then claim reimbursement from the government after the leave is completed.

What are the eligibility requirements for paternity leave in Singapore?

There are eligibility criteria to qualify for paternity leave:

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Director, Shield GEO Services Ltd