Working fathers (including self-employed) can enjoy paternity leave benefits under the Government-Paid Paternity Leave (GPPL) scheme.
Some important things to take note of:
All paternity leave must be taken within 12 months from your employee's child's date of birth (inclusive of date of birth).
Your employee cannot use his paternity leave to offset the notice period when he leaves his job.
Paternity leave is fully paid by the Government. It is capped at $2,500 per week.
Your employee must meet the following requirements:
1. Your employee is the child's natural father.
2. Your employee's child is a Singapore citizen, even if he or his wife is not a Singapore citizen
3. Your employee is/was lawfully married to the child's mother at some point between conception and birth.
4. If as an employee: Your employee must have served his employer for a period of at least 3 months before his child's date of birth.
5. If as a self-employed, he must be engaged in his business, trade or profession for a continuous period of at least 3 months before his child's date of birth.
How To Submit Your Employee's Claims Online?
Step 1: Obtain the declaration form (GPPL1) and supporting documents from your employee. You can also use your own form or system to capture your employee's declaration. Click here for the information you need in the declaration.
Step 2: Submit your employee's claims online via the GPL Portal no later than 3 months after the last date of your employee's paternity leave taken.
Step 3: Log in to GPL Portal to check your application status. A notification will be sent to you and your employee once your application is processed.
Claims Submission Deadline
Claims can only be made after the leave is taken. All claims must be submitted no later than 3 months after the last date of paternity leave taken.