Maternity Leave Eligibility And Entitlement In Singapore

Maternity Leave Eligibility And Entitlement In Singapore

As a working mother, you will be entitled to either 16 weeks of Government-Paid Maternity Leave or 12 weeks of maternity leave, depending on whether your child is a Singapore citizen and other criteria.

You are eligible for 16 weeks of paid maternity leave if you meet the following requirements:

  • Your child is a Singapore citizen.
  • For employees: you have served your employer for a continuous period of at least 3 months immediately before the birth of your child.
  • For self-employed: you have been engaged in your work for at least 3 continuous months and have lost income during the maternity leave period.
  • You have given your employer at least 1 week’s notice before going on maternity leave, and informed them as soon as possible of your delivery. Otherwise, you are only entitled to half the payment during maternity leave, unless you have a good enough reason for not giving the notice.

Your employer will pay your usual monthly salary during the leave period. They can then claim reimbursement from the Government in accordance with the Government-Paid Maternity Leave (GPML) scheme:

Births Paid by employer Reimbursed by Government
First and second First 8 weeks Last 8 weeks
Third and subsequent All 16 weeks

Find out how you can plan your maternity leave.
As an employer, you are required to notify MOM if your foreign worker is pregnant.
You may be able to share 1 week of your maternity leave with your husband in accordance with the shared parental leave.

How to apply or claim

To apply, claim reimbursement or submit declaration form (GPML 1), you can contact any of the following:

  • Visit www.profamilyleave.gov.sg
  • Call 1800 253 4757
  • Email contactus@profamilyleave.gov.sg

Find out more

To find out more about pro-family leave measures, you can visit the Hey Baby website at www.heybaby.sg for more info on other enhancements to the Marriage and Parenthood Package.

Relevant legislation

Maternity leave protection and benefits are provided for under:

  • Part III of the Child Development Co-Savings Act
  • Part IX of the Employment Act

Source of Information for Employment, all Work Passes & their related matters is from the Ministry Of Manpower & TAFEP.
You may wish to visit Ministry Of Manpower (MOM) online for detailed information and current updates.

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