Shared Parental Leave


Understand Shared Parental Leave (SPL) in Singapore, including entitlements and calculation methods for flexible leave arrangements.


My male colleague has taken 10 days of Shared Parental Leave (SPL) in a flexible manner. Please advise if his entitlement is 10 days or Capped at 6 working days


With regards to your inquiry concerning Shared Parental Leave (SPL) entitlement in Singapore:

According to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) rules in Singapore, biological fathers are entitled to up to 2 weeks of SPL. This entitlement can be taken flexibly within 12 months from the child’s birth. The 2 weeks are equivalent to 10 working days based on a 5-day workweek.

Therefore, if your male colleague has taken 10 days of Shared Parental Leave (SPL) in a flexible manner, he has fully utilised his entitlement of two weeks, assuming a standard five-day workweek. The entitlement is indeed for 10 working days and is not limited to six working days.


What is the meaning of my weekly index or 6 days (whichever is lower) new is in the SPL declaration form?


Regarding the phrase “weekly index or 6 days (whichever is lower)” in the SPL declaration form, it typically refers to the calculation method used to determine the number of SPL days an employee is eligible for, based on their usual workweek.

Here’s a breakdown:

Weekly Index: This refers to the average number of days the employee works in a week. For instance, if an employee works a 5-day week, their weekly index is 5 days.

6 Days (Whichever is Lower): This means that the calculation for SPL will take into account either the weekly index or 6 days, whichever number is lower. This is to ensure fairness across different work schedules.

So, if an employee’s weekly work index is 5 days, the SPL entitlement will be based on 5 days since it is lower than 6 days. Conversely, if an employee’s weekly work index is 7 days, the SPL entitlement will be capped at 6 days, as it is the lower number.

This method ensures that employees who typically work fewer days per week are not disadvantaged, and those who work more days are capped to ensure equity.

For further assistance and more detailed explanations, consult the resources available through HRSINGAPORE, including our HR Certification, HRLAW Seminars, HR Training courses, and HR Consultancy Services at HRSINGAPORE.


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