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Paternity Leave

For working fathers of children born on or after 1 January 2017*:

You are eligible for 2 weeks of Paternity Leave.

two weeks government paid 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.

2 weeks of government paid paternity leave

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:

  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 Paternity Leave period.

  • 1. How do I apply for Paternity Leave?

    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 usual 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.

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

    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

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

    Paternity leave can be taken 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 to consume paternity leave in a continuous block of 2 weeks, within 16 weeks after your child is born.

  • 4. Are adoptive fathers eligible for Paternity Leave?

    Adoptive fathers are eligible for Government-paid paternity leave 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 in cases where the adopted child is not a Singapore Citizen, 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 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
    5. The father is an applicant to the adoption.

    If the point of 'formal intent to adopt' is before 1 January 2017, adoptive fathers are eligible if they are lawfully married at the point of the 'formal intent to adopt'.

    *'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).

  • 5. I am a PR / foreigner working in Singapore. Am I eligible for paternity leave?

    You will be eligible for paternity leave 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 paternity leave?

    Currently, employers can claim for reimbursement for paternity leave from the Central Provident Fund Board (CPFB).

    Please refer to the following website for details on the claim procedures: www.profamilyleave.gov.sg

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

    You will still 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.

Last Updated : 5 Sep 2018