Pro-family workplace rules

Dear HR Community Subscribers,

In Singapore, a bill has been enacted to assist more parents to take advantage of pro-family workplace rules.

Some working fathers and mothers who have adopted children were not eligible for paternity leave or adoptive leave previously because of short-term contracts or their contract expiry before the child's birth or adoption. This group now qualify for payments under new government-funded paternity and adoption benefits programs.

Working parents of a stillborn child — defined as a child born after the 22nd week of pregnancy who would have been a Singapore citizen — are now entitled to birth-linked Government-paid leave and benefits schemes under the newly enacted Bill.

There are now provisions in place that allow the government to reimburse employers who provide paid maternity, paternity, or adoption leave despite the fact that their employees did not work for at least three months continuously before their child was born or adopted.



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