Civil servants to get 1 week's paternity leave

Civil servants to get 1 week's paternity leave

SINGAPORE - Male civil servants who have children born here from January 1, 2013, will get one week's paternity leave instead of the previous 3 days, the Public Service Division (PSD) announced today.

Eligible officers will be able to claim this leave within 12 months from the time the child was born.

In addition, the officer can also share one week of his wife's maternity leave, if she qualifies for Government-Paid Maternity Leave and agrees to this arrangement.

Parents with primary school going children between 7 to 12 years of age will have 2 days' childcare leave.

More details on the changes are in the full press release below:

Paternity, parental and child care leave enhancements for civil servants to take effect from January 1, 2013

In line with the enhanced Marriage & Parenthood package announcement by the National Population and Talent Division (NPTD) today, the Civil Service, with a workforce of 77,000, will be implementing paternity, shared parental and child care leave enhancements.

These measures, aimed at helping civil servants balance work and family commitments, are effective from January 1, 2013, ahead of the Marriage & Parenthood Package leave enhancements which will come into effect on May 1, 2013.

Mr Han Neng Hsiu, Senior Director, Rewards and Recognition, Public Service Division, Prime Minister's Office, said: "We recognise that working parents need more support to manage their work and family responsibilities. The Civil Service's early implementation of the initiatives from January 1, 2013 reflects our commitment to helping officers achieve better work-life harmony."

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