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Government-Paid Paternity Leave (GPPL)

Working fathers who meet the eligibility criteria are eligible for 2 weeks of GPPL.

By default, the GPPL can be taken continuously as a 2-week block within 16 weeks after the birth of the child, or flexibly within 12 months from the birth of the child (inclusive of date of birth),  as long as there is mutual agreement between the employer and employee. Paternity Leave is funded by the government. Reimbursement is capped at $2,500 per week, inclusive of CPF contributions.

You are eligible for GPPL, if you meet all three eligibility criteria listed below:

  1. Your child is a Singapore Citizen;
  2. You are lawfully married to the child's mother;
    AND

    • For employees: You have served your employer for a continuous period of at least 3 months preceding the birth of your child;
    • OR
    • 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 GPPL period.

  • 1. How do I apply for Government-Paid Paternity Leave (GPPL)?

    You will need to first declare your eligibility to your employer. You can apply for GPPL from your employer thereafter, according to your company's usual leave-taking procedures. You are advised to give advance notice to your employer before taking GPPL. 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.

  • 2. What is the duration within which I have to use my GPPL? Must I take it immediately when my child is born?

    GPPL is to be taken within 16 weeks after the birth of a Singapore Citizen child. GPPL can be taken flexibly within 12 months after the birth of the child, if there is mutual agreement between the employer and employee.

  • 3. Can I take GPPL flexibly in separate days, rather than as a continuous block of 2 weeks?

    GPPL can be taken flexibly within 12 months from the birth of your child (inclusive of date of birth), subject to mutual agreement between you and your employer.

    If you and your employer cannot agree on the leave arrangement, the default is to consume GPPL in a continuous block of 2 weeks, within 16 weeks after your child is born.

  • 4. Are adoptive fathers eligible for GPPL?

    Adoptive fathers are eligible for GPPL if they meet the following eligibility criteria:

    1. The adopted child is below 12 months of age;
    2. The adopted child is a Singapore Citizen, or at least one of the adoptive parents must be a Singapore Citizen;
    3. 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’*;
    4. The Adoption Order is granted 12 months from the point of ‘formal intent to adopt’ (inclusive of the date of 'formal intent to adopt', and the adopted child obtains Singapore Citizenship within 6 months after the Adoption Order is passed; AND
    5. The father is an applicant to the adoption.

    *'Formal intent to adopt’ is:

    1. For a Singapore Citizen child: the submission of the application to the Court to start the legal adoption process;
      OR
    2. For a child who is not a Singapore Citizen: The issuance of a document stating that the application for the Dependant's Pass for the adopted child has been approved by the Ministry of Social and Family Development, or the Dependant's Pass itself.]

  • 5. I am a PR / foreigner working in Singapore. Am I eligible for GPPL for my biological child?

    You will be eligible for GPPL if your child is a Singapore Citizen and you meet the other eligibility criteria.

  • 6. As an employer, how do I claim for reimbursement of GPPL?

    Currently, employers can claim for reimbursement for GPPL from: www.profamilyleave.gov.sg.

  • 7. Am I eligible for GPPL if I am still on probation at work?

    You will still be eligible for GPPL as long as you have worked for a continuous period of at least 3 months preceding the birth of your child.

Last Updated : 11 Sep 2020