How maternity leave in Singapore works

As any new mum, you want to spend as much time as possible bonding with your newborn. Fortunately, Singapore provides mums with the legal right to take maternity leave under two acts, the Child-Development Co-Savings Act and the Employment Act.

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Here are some important facts about maternity leave in Singapore that will help you understand what will be covered when you’re expecting.

Child-Development Co-Savings Act

Those that qualify for the Child-Development Co-Savings Act (CDCA) can enjoy up to 16 weeks of government-paid maternity leave. Mums can go on leave four weeks before delivery and 12 weeks after delivery, and she is entitled to payment for all 16 weeks.

Marriage and citizenship get priority

Singapore is a state that favors family units, so marriage is a requirement in order to enjoy the full 16 weeks of paid maternity leave. You don’t have to be a Singaporean citizen, but your child will need to be. You must also have been employed for more than 90 days.

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Even if you are self-employed, as long as you fulfill the above eligibility and can prove a loss of income, you are eligible for the same CDCA benefits as employed mothers.  While employed mothers are paid by their employers, self-employed mothers need to apply directly to the Ministry of Social and Social Development (MFS) and the Central Provident Fund (CPF) Board for your reimbursement.

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