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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 first 2 children, 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 childbirth.

    • For your 3rd and subsequent children, 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 childbirth.

    • 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. 
    ​Tip

    Working mothers who qualify for the GPML scheme can share part of her leave benefits with her husband under the Shared Parental Leave (SPL) scheme.

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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 commencing on your child's date of birth. Your maternity leave benefits will only start from the date your child obtains Singapore citizenship.


      Your maternity benefits must be consumed within 12 months from your child's date of birth. If your child obtains Singapore citizenship 11 months after date of birth, you will only be able to take 1 month of maternity leave.

      2. You are lawfully married to your child's father.*
      *Not applicable for mothers whose children are born (or with Estimated Delivery Date (EDD)) on or after 1 Jan 2017.

      3If you are an employee: You must have served your employer for 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 least3 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 when 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 maintain your profile. 

          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 you do not have a standing payment instruction with us, please log in to GPL Portal and maintain your profile.

            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.

              F
              or the first or second childbirths, claims can be submitted, once a month, after the first 8 weeks of maternity leave is taken. 

              For third and subsequent childbirths, 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: Sunday, Jul 16, 2017 at 11:11 AM