Government-Paid Shared Parental Leave

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If there is agreement between a wife and husband, they can share up to four weeks of her 16-week Government-Paid Maternity Leave or 12-week Adoption Leave for Mothers.

Shared Parental Leave must be taken within 12 months from the day your child is born. The leave should be taken in one continuous block or in blocks of weeks. If you wish to take leave by days rather than weeks, do speak with your employer about it.

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 at birth, or in the case of a stillborn child, would have been a citizen of Singapore at birth;
  2. Your wife qualifies for Government-Paid Maternity Leave and she agrees to share her leave with you.
  3. You are lawfully married to the child's mother sometime between conception and birth;
  • You are eligible for Shared Parental Leave if you are legally married to your child’s mother within 12 months from your child’s date of birth.
  • Note: Shared Parental Leave can only be consumed after you are married and within 12 months from your child’s date of birth.

If you are an adoptive father and are working or self-employed, you are eligible for Shared Parental Leave if you meet all the following criteria:

  1. You have made a joint application with the child’s adoptive mother to adopt the child.
  2. Your wife qualifies for Adoption Leave for Mothers and she agrees to share her leave with you.
  3. You are lawfully married to the child's mother on or before she declares her intention to share her Adoption Leave for Mothers with you.
  4. If your child is not a Singapore Citizen, either you or your child’s adoptive mother is a Singapore citizen on the Dependent’s Pass issue date.
  5. You are not the biological father of the child.

Reimbursement is capped at $2,500 per week i.e., total of $10,000 for 4 weeks. The caps include CPF contributions.

  • FAQ
    • 1. How do I apply for Shared Parental Leave?

      Click on the Pro-Family Leave website for more details on the application process.

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

      The Shared Parental Leave must be taken within 12 months from the child's birth. You can start from the day your child is born, or any time before he or she turns 12 months old.

    • 3. 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, capped at $2,500 per week.

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

      The leave allocation of “one week” follows the work week of the respective working parent.

       

      For example, let's consider how a mother with a five-day work week will share a week of Government-Paid Maternity Leave with her husband who has a six-day work week:

       

      Work WeekMum with a five-day work weekDad with a six-day work week
      Duration of leave after sharing one week of Government-Paid Maternity Leave16 weeks – 1 week = 15 weeks of Maternity Leave based on a five-day work week+ 1 week of Shared Parental Leave based on a six-day work week (i.e. six days)

    • 5. Can I take Shared Parental Leave flexibly on different days, rather than as a continuous block or blocks of weeks?

      The leave is to be taken within 12 months from the day your child is born, and in a continuous block or blocks of weeks. If there is mutual agreement between the employer and employee, it can be taken flexibly i.e. on a daily basis.

    • 6. Can the mother and father take Government-Paid Maternity Leave/Adoption Leave for Mothers and Shared Parental Leave respectively at the same time?

      Yes, both parents can take Government-Paid Maternity Leave/Adoption Leave and Shared Parental Leave at the same time.

    • 7. I have just started work with a new employer. Can I apply for Shared Parental Leave?

      Yes, an eligible father can apply for Shared Parental Leave if the mother is eligible for Government-Paid Maternity Leave or Adoption Leave, and chose to share her leave with the father. There is no minimum employment duration for the father to qualify for Shared Parental Leave, as long as the mother meets the eligibility criteria for Government-Paid Maternity Leave or Adoption Leave, and the father has not been allocated Shared Parental Leave under his previous employer for the same child.

    • 8. If my child is not a Singapore citizen at birth, but obtains citizenship subsequently, can I qualify for Shared Parental Leave?

      If your child is not a Singapore citizen at birth, you may still qualify if he or she obtains Singapore citizenship within 12 months from the date of birth, and you meet the other criteria. Shared Parental Leave can only be taken after your child obtains Singapore Citizenship and within 12 months from the day your child is born.

    • 9. Can I share a few days rather than one to four full weeks of leave with my spouse?

      No, the leave is given in weekly blocks. Your wife can allocate one to four weeks (in full weeks) of her Government-Paid Maternity Leave or Adoption Leave to you as Shared Parental Leave.

      Shared Parental Leave is to be taken in a continuous block or blocks of weeks by default. However, if there is mutual agreement with your employer, you may also take the leave flexibly (i.e. on a daily basis). Any part of the Shared Parental Leave not taken within 12 months from the 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 allocation of Shared Parental Leave to the father, any time before the child turns 12 months old. This enables them to discuss and decide on an arrangement that suits their needs. Couples should consult their respective employers before deciding on the 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 day the child is born.

      This approach takes into consideration the parents’ need for flexibility, and the employers’ need to plan for business operations planning.

      Once parents have registered their allocation of Shared Parental Leave in the system, it can only be amended/cancelled in the following circumstances:

      1. The child’s caregiving arrangements are, or are to be changed; 

      2. The child’s father is unable to consume his entitlement due to exigencies of his work;

      3. The allocation was made in error, or;

      4. Termination of father’s employment.

      Please note that for revocations, only whole week(s) of unconsumed leave is returned to the mother. Any leave less than whole week(s) will be forfeited.

      If you wish to make a cancellation, please e-mail contactus@profamilyleave.gov.sg.

      Note: The amount of Shared Parental Leave to be allocated to the father depends on the remaining Maternity Leave/Adoption Leave for Mothers (whichever applicable). For example, if the mother is entitled to 16 weeks and has utilised 14 weeks of Maternity Leave, she can share up to two weeks of leave with her spouse. 

    • 11. I made a declaration to share my Government-Paid Maternity Leave or Adoption 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?

      If the father's employment is terminated, any whole weeks of unutilised Shared Parental Leave will be returned to the mother. To return the revoked leave to your spouse, please e-mail contactus@profamilyleave.gov.sg with the following documents:

      1. Letter of resignation/retrenchment/termination;
        and
      2. E-mail/letter from your employer to show the unused Shared Parental Leave

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

      Employers can check whether the employee’s wife has made a declaration to share her leave on the Pro-Family Leave website.

    • 13. How do employers and the self-employed claim for reimbursement of Shared Parental Leave?

      Employers and the self-employed can claim for reimbursement for Shared Parental Leave on the Pro-Family Leave website.

       

      Please also refer to the Manpower Ministry website for more information.

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