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Shared Parental Leave

To encourage and support shared parental responsibility, working fathers will be able to share a portion of their wives' 16 weeks of Maternity Leave.

For parents of children born on or after 1 July 2017*

  1. Working fathers are eligible to share up to 4 weeks of their wives' 16 weeks of Maternity Leave, as long as the latter agree.
  2. Working fathers are eligible to share up to 4 weeks of their wives' 16 weeks of Maternity Leave, as long as the latter agree.

*Includes children born before 1 July 2017, but whose Estimated Date of Delivery (EDD) was on or after 1 July 2017.

For parents with children who are born before 1 July 2017:

Working fathers are eligible to share 1 week of their wives' 16 weeks of Maternity Leave, as long as the latter agree.

Points to note about Shared Parental Leave

Shared Parental Leave is funded by the Government and capped at $2,500 per week, inclusive of CPF contributions.

Shared Parental Leave must be taken within 12 months from the birth of the child (inclusive of date of birth). Fathers can take it in one continuous block or in blocks of weeks. However, if there is mutual agreement between the employer and the employee, the leave may be taken flexibly by days.

You are eligible for Shared Parental Leave if you are a working father (or self-employed), and meet all the following criteria:

  1. Your child is a Singapore Citizen;
  2. The child's mother qualifies for the Government-Paid Maternity Leave or Government-Paid Adoption Leave scheme (where relevant); and
  3. You are lawfully married to the child's mother (for legally adopted children, adoptive father is lawfully married to the adoptive mother and is an applicant to the adoption).

  • 1. Why does the enhanced Shared Parental Leave of 4 weeks only start on 1 July 2017?

    The enhancement to Shared Parental Leave required changes to legislation, as well as significant system enhancements to ensure all the claims would be reimbursed accurately. These had required time. Employers would also have needed time to make adjustments to their infrastructure and HR processes. We announced the enhancement earlier to give employers time to adjust.

  • 2. I wish to apply for Shared Parental Leave. How do I go about it?

    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 between 1-4 weeks of Shared Parental Leave to the father. You and your spouse 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/Adoption Leave (whichever is applicable) and Shared Parental Leave applications by the female employee and her spouse respectively.

    Parents should carefully consider their allocation before making an election, as the election can only be cancelled in certain circumstances. 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. Please email contactus@profamilyleave.gov.sg if you wish to cancel your election.

  • 3. What is the duration within which I have to use my Shared Parental Leave? Must I take it immediately when my child is born?

    Shared Parental Leave is to be taken within 12 months from the child's birth (inclusive of date of birth). You can choose to start from the day your child is born or, any time before your child turns 12 months old.

  • 4. Will the father be paid at his salary or the mother's salary when he takes Shared Parental Leave?

    The father will be paid at his salary.

  • 5. My spouse and I work different numbers of days per week. How is 1 week of Shared Parental Leave defined?

    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

  • 6. Can I take Shared Parental Leave flexibly in separate days, rather than as a continuous block or blocks of weeks?

    Shared Parental Leave is to be taken within 12 months from the birth of the child (inclusive of date of birth). By default, Shared Parental Leave is to be taken in a continuous block or blocks of weeks.If there is mutual agreement between the employer and employee, Shared Parental Leave can be taken flexibly (i.e. on a per-day basis).

  • 7. Can the mother and father take maternity leave and shared parental leave respectively at the same time?

    Yes, both parents can take maternity leave and shared parental leave at the same time.

  • 8. I have just started work with a new employer. Can I apply for shared parental leave?

    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.

  • 9. Can I share a few days rather than 1-4 full weeks of leave with my spouse?

    No, Shared Parental Leave is allocated in blocks of full weeks. Your wife can choose to allocate 1-4 weeks (in full weeks) of her Government-Paid Maternity Leave or Adoption Leave to you as Shared Parental Leave, or none at all.

    Once allocated, Shared Parental Leave is to be taken in a continuous block or blocks of weeks by default. However, as long as there is mutual agreement with your employer, you may also take the leave flexibly (i.e. a few days at a time). Please note that any part of allocated shared parental leave not taken within 12 months from the birth of the child (inclusive of date of birth) will be forfeited.

  • 10. Why are employees not allowed to change their allocation once it is registered in the system?

    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 taking the leave, they can wait until they have more certainty before making the declaration, within 12 months from the birth of the child (inclusive of date of birth). A Shared Parental Leave election can only be cancelled in certain circumstances. Please email contactus@profamilyleave.gov.sg if you wish to do so.

    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: The amount of Shared Parental Leave that can be elected to the father will depend on the remaining Maternity Leave/ Adoption Leave (whichever is applicable) that the mother has. For example, if the mother had used 14 weeks of her Maternity Leave, she can only share up to 2 weeks with her spouse as Shared Parental Leave.]

  • 11. I have made a declaration to share my Maternity Leave with my husband. However, he has resigned/was retrenched/terminated and is unable to take the Shared Parental Leave. Can I cancel the declaration?

    In circumstances where the father's employment is terminated, any whole weeks of Shared Parental Leave that was not consumed will be returned to the mother. Please send the following documents to contactus@profamilyleave.gov.sg

    1. Letter of resignation/retrenchment/termination
    2. Email/letter from your employer to show the remaining amount of Shared Parental Leave that has not been utilised

  • 12. How does an employer check if his employee's wife has agreed to share a portion of her Maternity Leave with him?

    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 made an election to allocate up to 4 weeks 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.

  • 13. As an employer, how do I claim for reimbursement of shared parental leave?

    Employers can claim for reimbursement from CPFB. Please refer to the following website for details on the claim procedures: www.profamilyleave.gov.sg.

For more answers to frequently asked questions by employers or about specific employment arrangements, please refer to the MOM website.

Last Updated : 13 Dec 2017