Cash benefits offered to Singaporean parents’ ineligible for Parental Leave

NewsJuly 14, 2021 10:30

Written by: Max Loong
Source: The Straits Times

A new Bill was introduced on 5th July 2021, proposing new measures to the current Child Development Co-Savings Act.

The new measures will allow parents to qualify for paternity, maternity and adoption benefits of up to S$30,000, depending on their income.

Under the new law, the cash benefits will be equivalent to the current government-paid maternity leave for working mothers. This will apply if their current employer does not qualify them for leave.

Mothers who adopt can receive cash benefits equivalent to eight or 12 weeks of maternity leave, with reimbursement capped at S$20,000 or S$30,000. This will also depend on their income and how many children they have.

Natural or adoptive fathers can receive cash benefits equivalent to two weeks of paternity leave.