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Government-Paid Maternity Leave (GPML)

With 16 weeks of GPML, working mothers can spend more time with their newborn. For the 1st and 2nd child order, the first 8 weeks of Maternity Leave are employer-paid. The last 8 weeks are funded by the Government.

For the 3rd and subsequent child order, all 16 weeks of leave are funded by the Government. The amount of GPML is capped at $10,000 per 4 weeks, including CPF contributions, i.e. $20,000 per confinement for the first two confinements, and $40,000 per confinement for the 3rd and subsequent confinements.

By default, the 16 weeks of leave should be taken (a) in one continuous stretch, and (b) start from 4 weeks before the date of delivery. If the employer and employee mutually agree, the employee can start her maternity leave anytime within 4 weeks before delivery, and the last 8 weeks of leave can also be taken flexibly over a period of 12 months from the birth of the child (inclusive of the date of birth). You are eligible for GPML if:

  1. Your child is a Singapore Citizen;

    1. For employees: You have served your employer for a continuous period of at least 3 months preceding the birth of your child;
    2. 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 GPML period.

For more information, please refer to https://www.mom.gov.sg/employment-practices/leave/maternity-leave/protections-and-obligations

Last Updated : 11 Oct 2020