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Government-Paid Maternity Leave (GPML)

Working mothers (including self-employed) can enjoy maternity leave benefits under the GPML scheme. This will help provide sufficient time to recover from childbirth and care for newborns. 



What are the benefits?

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    Important things to know

    • You can start your maternity leave 4 weeks before the delivery date and no later than the delivery date. All maternity leave must be taken within 12 months from your child's date of birth (inclusive of date of birth).

    • Your first 8 weeks of maternity leave must be taken in one continuous block (including weekends and public holidays). The last 8 weeks can be taken flexibly, if there is mutual agreement between your employer and yourself.

    • For your 1st and 2nd child order (see definition below), the Government will pay for the 9th to 16th week of your maternity leave. It is capped at $10,000 per 4 weeks or a total of $20,000 per child order.

    • For your 3rd and subsequent child order, the Government will pay for all 16 weeks of your maternity leave. It is capped at $10,000 per 4 weeks or a total of $40,000 per child order.

    • You cannot use your maternity leave to offset the notice period when you leave your job.

    • Mothers who had stillbirths are also eligible for GPML if the requirements are met. 
    What is Child order?


    It refers to the number of birth event(s)1 (regardless of child’s nationality) by the mother and adopted-in children2.  It excludes stepchildren, stillbirths and children who have passed away or are adopted-out before the birth or FIA3 of the child whom you are seeking reimbursement for.

    1 Twins are considered as one child order
    2 Adopted child must be below 1-year old at point of formal intent to adopt
    3 Formal intent to adopt

    *If your child is born and with estimated delivery date (EDD) before 1 Jul 2017, child order refers to the number of birth event(s) (regardless of child's nationality) by the mother. It excludes stepchildren, stillbirths, adopted-in children and children who have passed away.


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    Am I eligible?

      You must meet the following requirements:

      1. Your child is a Singapore citizen, even if you or your husband is not a Singapore citizen.
      Tip

      If your child is not a Singapore citizen at date of birth, you can still qualify if your child obtains Singapore citizenship within 12 months from your child's date of birth (inclusive of date of birth). Your maternity leave benefits under the GPML scheme will only start when your child obtains Singapore citizenship and must be taken within 12 months from your child's date of birth (inclusive of date of birth).

      2. If you are an employee: You must have served your employer for a period of at least 3 months immediately before your child's date of birth

      Or

      If you are self-employed: You must be engaged in your business, trade or profession continuously for at least 3 months immediately before your child's date of birth.

      If you are unsure, please use the maternity self-assessment tool.

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      What if I am not eligible?

        If your child is not a Singapore citizen, you may still qualify for maternity leave. More information can be found at the Ministry of Manpower's (MOM) website.

        If you are unable to meet employment
        requirements under the GPML scheme, you may still qualify for benefits under the Government-Paid Maternity Benefits (GPMB) scheme.


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        How do I apply?


          If you are an employee:


          Step 1. Give your emp
          loyer early notice of your leave arrangement. This allows your employer time to verify your eligibility and make alternative work arrangements.                    

          Important!

          Even if you have agreed on a flexible maternity leave arrangement, the first 8 weeks of leave must be taken in one continuous block.

          Step 2. Submit the declaration form (GPML1) to your employer with all the necessary supporting documents. Your employer may use its own declaration form or system for you to declare your eligibility. Please check with your employer.

          S
          tep 3. Apply for maternity leave according to your employer's leave application procedures.

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          If you are self-employed:


          The Government will reimburse you for the days you were on maternity leave. This is calculated
          based on your Notice of Assessment from the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS).


          Step 1. 
          Record and keep a personal log of your maternity leave dates.

          Step 2.
          Submit your claim online via the GPL Portal no later than 3 months after the last date of your maternity leave taken.

          ​Tip

          If you do not have a standing payment instruction with us, please log in to GPL Portal and provide your bank details under “Maintain Bank Details”.

          Read our FAQs and watch the online demonstration for details.

          Step 3. Log in to GPL Portal to check your application status. A notification will be sent to you once your application is processed.

          Please refer to our
          service standards for the processing time.

          ​Note

          For stillbirth applications, please fill in and submit the following hardcopy form:

           

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          What should I do as an employer?

            Step 1. Obtain the declaration form (GPML1) 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 maternity leave taken.

            Tip

            If your company does not have a standing payment instruction with us, please log in to GPL Portal and provide your company's bank details (if you have the appropriate access rights to do so) under “Maintain Bank Details”.

            Read our FAQs and watch the online demonstration for details.

            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.

            Please refer to our
            service standards for the processing time.

            Note

            For stillbirth applications, please fill in and submit the following hardcopy form:


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            When must I submit the claim?

              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 maternity leave taken.

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              or 1st and 2nd child order, claims can be submitted, once a month, after the first 8 weeks of maternity leave is taken. 

              For 3rd and subsequent child order, claims can be submitted, once a month, immediately after the commencement of maternity leave.

              Important!

              Please submit your claims on time. All late claims will not be considered!
              ​Other Useful Links

              Make a maternity leave claim against your employer
              If you have a dispute with your employer concerning maternity leave, you can file a claim with MOM if you are covered under the Employment Act.

              Book a consultation appointment with MOM
              Before you make a claim against your employer, you can also make an appointment with MOM for a free consultation.

              Government-Paid Leave (GPL) Schemes Calculator
              The calculator allows you to estimate the reimbursement you might receive upon successful application.





              Last Updated on: Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019 at 4:03 PM