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Government-Paid Shared Parental Leave (SPL)

The Government-Paid Shared Parental Leave (SPL) scheme provides the option for working fathers (including self-employed) to receive part of their wife's leave benefits. This is to encourage parental responsibility.



What are the benefits?


    If your child is born before 1 July 2017:

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    Note
     
    You are not eligible for SPL scheme if you and your wife adopted your child before 1 July 2017.


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    If your child is born (or with EDD) on/after 1 July 2017/ Adoptive fathers with formal intent to adopt on/after 1 July 2017:

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    Important things to know
    • Benefits under the SPL scheme are in addition to what you can enjoy under the Government-Paid Paternity Leave (GPPL) scheme.

    • You must take shared parental leave in one continuous block or in continuous blocks of a week each (including weekends and public holidays). You can take shared parental leavflexibly, if there is mutual agreement between your employer and yourself. 
    Note
     
    Your wife can only share her maternity leave in continuous blocks of a week each.

    • ​All shared parental leave must be taken within 12 months from your child's date of birth (inclusive of date of birth).

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

    • Shared parental leave is fully paid by the Government. It is capped at $2,500 per week.
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    Am I eligible?

      You must meet the following requirements:

      1. Your child's mother is eligible under the Government-Paid Maternity Leave (GPML) or the Adoption Leave for mothers (AL) scheme, where relevant.

      2. Your child is a
      Singapore citizen, even if you or your wife is not a Singapore citizen.

      3. Your wife must
      agree with and declare the intention to share her leave benefits with you before you can consume the leave.

      4.
       You are lawfully married to the child's mother at the point of her declaration to share her leave benefits.

      Tips

      • No minimum employment period is required to qualify under the SPL scheme.

      • If you did not meet any of the eligibility requirement, you can still be eligible for SPL benefits if you meet all the requirements subsequently.

      • You can only take your shared parental leave after all eligibility requirements are met.

      • Your SPL benefits must be consumed within 12 months from your child's date of birth (inclusive of date of birth). If you meet all the requirements 11 months from your child's date of birth, you will only be able to utilise 1 month of shared parental leave. 

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      How do I apply?


        If you are an employee:


        Step 1.
        Decide on the leave arrangement with your wife anytime before 12 months from your child's date of birth(inclusive of date of birth).

        Step 2.
        Submit the declaration form (SPL1) to your employer. Give your employer early notice of your leave arrangement. This allows your employer time to verify your eligibility and make alternative work arrangements.

        S
        tep 3. Your wife will need to inform her employer of her intention to share her leave. Her maternity leave will then be adjusted accordingly.

        Step 4. Your wife must declare her intention to share her leave. This can be done online via the
        Shared Parental Leave Allocation System (SPLAS) using her SingPass*
        *If your wife does not have a SingPass, she can seek assistance by writing in to contactus@profamilyleave.gov.sg.

        S
        tep 5. After your wife has made the declaration, she will need to print out hardcopies of her declaration and submit to her employer, together with her maternity leave or adoption leave (where relevant) application. Your employer should also receive a copy of her declaration.

        Tips

        • The system will automatically adjust your wife's leave benefits and assign shared parental leave benefits to you accordingly once the declaration is made. The system will also check and verify your respective employers' claims under the relevant schemes to ensure that the leave allocations are accurate.

        • Once a declaration is registered in SPLAS, no further changes can be made. You and your wife should discuss and be sure about the decision before registering the declaration.


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        If you are self-employed:


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

        Step 1. 
        Decide on the leave arrangement with your wife anytime before 12 months from your child's date of birth.

        Step 2. Your wife will need to 
        inform her employer of her intention to share her leave. Her maternity leave will then be adjusted accordingly.

        Step 3. Your wife must declare her intention to share her leave. This can be done online via the 
        Shared Parental Leave Allocation System (SPLAS) using her SingPass*

        *If your wife does not have a SingPass, she can seek assistance by writing in to contactus@profamilyleave.gov.sg.

        St
        ep 4. Record and keep a personal log of your shared parental leave dates.

        St
        ep 5. Submit your claim online via the GPL Portal no later than 3 months after the last date of your shared parental leave taken. This can only be done after your wife has submitted her declaration.

        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 6. 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 and submit the following hardcopy form:

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        What should I do as an employer?

          Step 1. Obtain the declaration form (SPL1) from your employee at the point of his shared parental leave application.

          Step 2. 
          Verify that your employee's wife has made a declaration in SPLAS. Check all supporting documents to confirm your employee's eligibility.

          Tips

          • You can access SPLAS to verify that your employee's wife has registered the declaration online. Once registered, it is irrevocable.

          • If your employee's wife cannot access SPLAS and is not eligible for SingPass, please ask your employee's wife to write in to contactus@profamilyleave.gov.sg for assistance.

          • 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. Submit the claim online via the GPL Portal no later than 3 months after the last date of your employee's shared parental leave taken.

          Step 4. 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 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 shared parental leave taken.

            Important!

            Please submit your claims on time. All late claims will not be considered!

            ​Other Useful Links

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





            Last Updated on: Monday, Jul 17, 2017 at 9:56 AM