ProFamily Leave Changes From 1 July 2017

The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) and Ministry of Manpower (MOM) have recently introduced a series of changes to Government Paid Leave that will affect you as an Employer and your employees: These changes will take effect on 1 July 2017.

a. Change to Shared Parental Leave (SPL) Policy

Fathers of Singapore citizen children born from 1 July 2017 will be statutorily entitled to 4 weeks of SPL, instead of the current 1 week, with the mother's consent to sharing the leave.This is an increase of 3 weeks of SPL, subject to the conditions under the CDCA.Where the father takes 4 weeks of SPL, the mother's maternity leave entitlement will be correspondingly reduced by 4 weeks. These 4 weeks of SPL will be funded by the Government.


b. Change to Adoption Leave Policy (For Female Employees Only)

Adoptive mothers who adopt children from 1 July 2017 will be statutorily entitled to 12 weeks of adoption leave, if the child is less than 1 year old. This is an increase of 8 weeks of Adoption Leave from the current statutory entitlement of 4 weeks, subject to the conditions under the CDCA. For the first 2 children adopted, the Government will fund 8 weeks of the leave. The Government will fund the full 12 weeks for the third and subsequent children adopted.

The first 8 weeks of adoption leave must be taken in a continuous block. The last 4 weeks can be taken either as a continuous block or flexibly (this would be similar to the Maternity Leave guidelines today). The maximum entitlement for continuous adoption leave is based on calendar days, while the non-continuous period is based on working days.

c. New Shared Adoption Leave Policy (For Male Employees Only)

There will be a new policy to allow adoptive fathers who adopt children from 1 July 2017 to be statutorily entitled to share 4 weeks of their spouse's adoption leave, with the mother's consent to sharing the leave. These 4 weeks of - shared adoption leave will be funded by the Government.