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Unpaid infant care leave

As a working parent, you are entitled to 6 days of unpaid infant care leave a year if your child is a
Singapore citizen.

Eligibility

You are eligible for infant care leave without pay if you meet all the following requirements:

 Your child (including legally adopted children or step-children) is below 2 years of age.

 Your child is a Singapore citizen.

 You have served your employer for a continuous period of at least 3 months.

Entitlement

Each parent is entitled to 6 days a year of unpaid infant care leave, regardless of the number of children.

If your child is a Singapore citizen and below the age of 2, you are entitled to 6 days of paid childcare
leave in addition to 6 days of unpaid infant care leave.

Sick leave

You are entitled to both paid outpatient and hospitalisation sick leave if you have worked for at least
3 months with your employer. Your sick leave should be certified by a company doctor, a company-
approved doctor or government doctor.

Eligibility

Under the Employment Act, you are entitled to paid sick leave if:

 You have served your employer for at least 3 months.

 You have informed or tried to inform your employer within 48 hours of your absence.

 Your sick leave is certified by the company's doctor, company-approved doctor or a government
doctor (including doctors and dentists from approved public medical institutions).
Entitlement

The number of days of paid sick leave you are entitled to depends on your period of service, up to 14
days for outpatient non-hospitalisation leave and 60 days for hospitalisation leave. The 60 days of
hospitalisation leave includes the 14 days outpatient sick leave entitlement.

Employees who have worked more than 6 months will get the full entitlement. If the employee has
worked less than 6 months, the entitlement is:

No. of months of service Paid outpatient non-hospitalisation Paid hospitalisation leave


completed leave (days) (days)

3 5 15

4 8 30

5 11 45

6 and thereafter 14 60

Note: As long as you are certified by a doctor to be in need of hospitalisation, you do not necessarily
have to be warded in a hospital to be eligible for paid hospitalisation leave.

Limits on paid sick leave days

The amount of paid outpatient and hospitalisation sick leave you can take is capped at your sick leave
entitlement.

If you have already taken 14 days of outpatient sick leave in a year, the number of days of
hospitalisation sick leave that you can take is 46 days (60 - 46 = 14).

Medical reimbursement

If you have worked for at least 3 months:

 Your employer must bear the cost of your medical consultation fee.

 Your reimbursement for other medical costs, such as medication, will depend on the medical
benefits in your employment contract or the company's collective agreement with its union.

 If you fall sick during public holidays, annual leave, rest days or non-working days, you will be
able to claim reimbursement for medical consultation fees.
Note: Employers are not required to grant paid sick leave or pay medical fees forcosmetic procedures.
The doctor performing the examination will decide whether a procedure is for cosmetic reasons.

Salary during sick leave

If you are on paid hospitalisation leave, your employer has to pay you at your gross rate of pay. If you
are on paid outpatient sick leave, your employer has to pay you at your gross rate of pay, excluding any
shift allowance.

For monthly shift allowances, you should consult your employer and union on whether you can continue
to receive the shift allowance during your sick leave period.

Sick leave in special situations

Find out your sick leave entitlements under different scenarios.

During non-working days, holidays and annual leave

During a half working day

If you run out of sick leave

If you are unfit to work

List of approved public medical institutions

The approved public medical institutions are:

 Alexandra Hospital
 Changi General Hospital

 Institute of Mental Health / Woodbridge Hospital

 Jurong Medical Centre

 KK Women's and Children's Hospital

 Khoo Teck Puat Hospital

 National Cancer Centre

 National Dental Centre

 National Heart Centre

 National Neuroscience Institute

 National Skin Centre

 National University Hospital

 Ng Teng Fong General Hospital

 NHG Eye Institute

 Singapore General Hospital

 Singapore National Eye Centre

 Tan Tock Seng Hospital

 All polyclinics under the National Healthcare Group

 All polyclinics under the Singapore Health Service

Shared parental leave

As a working father, you can apply to share 1 week of your wife's 16 weeks of Government-Paid
Maternity Leave, subject to your wife's agreement.

Eligibility

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 (GPML).

 You are lawfully married to the child's mother.

You may also be eligible for another 1 week of Government-Paid Paternity Leave.

Entitlement

You are entitled to 1 week of shared parental leave, capped at $2,500, including CPFcontributions.

You can take your leave as follows:

Arrangement 1 week

Default, without any Take 1 continuous week within 12 months after the birth of the
mutual agreement child.

Flexibly, by mutual Split the 1 week into working days and take them in any
agreement combination within 12 months after the birth of the child.

Calculating working days 1 week x the number of working days in the week.
Capped at 6 working days.

Paternity leave

Eligible working fathers, including those who are self-employed, are entitled to 1 week of paid
paternity leave funded by the Government. They may be eligible for 1 additional week of paid
paternity leave if their employers voluntarily agree to provide it, funded by the Government.

Eligibility

As a working father, you are entitled to Government-Paid Paternity Leave (GPPL) for all births if you
meet the following requirements:

 Your child is a Singapore citizen.

 You are or had been lawfully married to the child's mother between conception and birth.
 For employees: you have served your employer for a continuous period of at least 3 months
before the birth of your child.

 For self-employed: you have been engaged in your work for a continuous period of at least 3
months before the birth of your child, and have lost income during the paternity leave period.

Entitlement

You get 1 week of GPPL.

For fathers of citizen children born from 1 January 2015 onwards, you may get up to 1 additional week
of GPPL, if your employer voluntarily agrees to provide it.

Each week of GPPL is capped at $2,500, including CPF contributions.

You can take your leave as follows:

Arrangement Up to 2 weeks.

Default, without any Take 1-2 continuous weeks within 16 weeks after the birth of the
mutual agreement child.

Flexibly, by mutual Take 1-2 continuous weeks any time within 12 months after the
agreement birth of the child.

Split the 1-2 weeks into working days and take them in any
combination within 12 months after the birth of the child.

Calculating actual leave 1-2 weeks X the number of working days in the week.
days Capped at 6 working days per week.