A working father can apply to share 1 week of his wife’s 16 weeks of Government-paid maternity leave, subject to his wife’s agreement.
If you are a working father, including one who is self-employed, you are entitled to shared parental leave if you meet the following requirements:
- Your child is a Singapore citizen;
- The child’s mother qualifies for Government-paid maternity leave; and
- You are lawfully married to the child’s mother.
The entitlement amounts to 1 week of shared parental leave, capped at $2,500, including CPF contributions.
The leave can be taken as 1 continuous week within 12 months after the birth of the child; however, by mutual agreement between the father and his employer, the 1 week can be split into working days and taken in any combination within 12 months after the birth of the child.
For more information about shared parental leave, please visit the MOM website.