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Supporting Work-Life Harmony

Many Singaporeans aspire to have fulfilling careers and meaningful family lives. The following measures are designed to help Singaporeans achieve these aspirations, as well as encourage shared parental responsibility:

  1. 16 weeks of Maternity Leave
  2. 2 weeks of Government-Paid Paternity Leave
  3. 4 weeks of Government-Paid Shared Parental Leave for parents with children born on or after 1 July 2017
  4. Government-Paid Maternity Benefit*
  5. 6 days of Unpaid Infant Care Leave annually for parents with children aged below 2 years
  6. 6 days of Child Care Leave annually for parents with children aged below 7 years, and 2 days of Government-Paid Child Care Leave annually for parents with children aged 7–12 years
  7. 12 weeks of paid Adoption Leave for Mothers whose point of 'formal intent to adopt' is on or after 1 July 2017
  8. Maternity protection for pregnant employees

*For working mothers, including self-employed mothers, who are not eligible for paid Maternity Leave due to their work arrangements (e.g. short-term contract workers)

Employers are also encouraged to offer family-friendly measures such as flexible work arrangements. Doing so makes good business sense, as it helps businesses better attract and retain talent, and improve staff productivity.

Last Updated : 13 Oct 2017