In Singapore, you are entitled to take maternity leave besides annual leave if your child is Singapore citizen and you have served the employer at least 90 days before the child’s birth.
An eligible employee is entitled to 4 weeks‘s maternity leave immediately before and 12 weeks immediately after delivery, totalling 16 weeks. She can take the last eight weeks (9th to 16th week; maximum 48 working days) of maternity leave flexibly over a 12-month period from the child’s birth.
We know some mother will take one or two days off per week until using up all 40 working days (if she works 5 days per week). Not bad huh? Quite flexible and relaxing.
If you are not covered under the Child Development Co-Savings Act but employment act only, will be entitled to 12 weeks of maternity leave. She will be paid by her employer for the first 8 weeks of maternity leave if she has fewer than two living children (excluding the newborn), and she has served her employer for at least 90 days before the birth of the child. The last 4 weeks of maternity leave can be taken flexibly over a 12-month period from the child’s birth.
Unmarried Employee OR Your Child Is Not Singapore Citizen
If you are not married or your child is not a Singapore citizen, you are still entitled to 12 weeks of maternity leave if you is covered under the Employment Act. You will be paid by her employer for the first eight weeks of maternity leave if you has fewer than two living children (excluding the newborn), and you have served your employer for at least 90 days before the birth of the child. Beyond the first eight weeks, maternity payment from the employer is voluntary and the employer is not entitled to claim any reimbursement from the government.
Also remember that, you are entitled to 12 weeks of maternity leave if you are covered under the Employment Act, regardless of your nationality. And, you should also be aware you cannot use the maternity benefit period to offset notice of termination. Once an employee leaves employment, her maternity benefits will cease.
Give your employer advance notice before going on maternity leave. The employee must inform her employer as early as possible, at least one week before she starts taking maternity leave.
In the case of a dispute, you should first speak with the employer to understand the situation. If you thinks that you have been unfairly dismissed, you can submit an appeal in writing to the Minister for Manpower within one month of her dismissal if you are dismissed more than six months from the date of estimated delivery or the date of confinement.
Do you know you are entitled to paid childcare leave as well?