These are Pro-Family Leave Schemes that fall under the purview of M&P or Marriage and Parenthood Package. These schemes provide additional support when Singaporeans get married, have or raise children as a way of cultivating a pro-family atmosphere in the country.
What is the Government-Paid Leave Portal?
Government-Paid Leave (GPL) Portal is meant specifically for GPL schemes where you can submit your applications online under various GPL schemes. The claims made on this transactional portal are processed very quickly.
Types of GLP Schemes available to apply online
GPL offers various schemes that foster a family environment and encourages Singaporeans to be more family oriented.
Government-Paid Childcare Leave – GPCL:
This scheme encourages working parents to spend some time exclusively with their children and take good care of them. Until your child turns 7 years old, you can take a maximum of 6 paid childcare leaves every year. If your child is between 7 and 12 years old, you can a maximum of 2 paid childcare leaves every year under the GPCL scheme.
Government-Paid Extended Childcare Leave –
GPECL Working parents whose children are aged between 7 and 12 years old are eligible to take 2 days of paid leave per year under GPECL. A maximum of 12 paid leaves can be taken under the GPECL scheme. The GPECL amount will have a cap of S$2,500 which will include CPF contributions made.
Government-Paid Maternity Leave – GPML:
If you are a Singaporean citizen and a working mother, you can take a total of 16 weeks of maternity leave under the GPML. This period will help you in recovering from childbirth and also take care of your newborn.
Government-Paid Maternity Benefit – GPMB:
Even if you do not qualify for GPML, you can still take paid leaves under the GBMP scheme because this scheme is specifically meant for short-term female workers who have been employed for a minimum period of 90 days in the past 12 months before childbirth.
Government-Paid Paternity Leave – GPPL:
The GPPL scheme helps new families to share the responsibility of their newborns by offering 1 week of paid paternity leave to working fathers. This way, you get to bond with your newborn and also help take care of your child. Additionally employers can now give working fathers another 1 week of paid paternity leave if their child was born on/after January 1, 2015.
2016 Update to GPPL:
- The additional week (2nd week) of paid paternity leave has been made mandatory for employers to grant to their employees.
- This new update is applicable to all newborns born from January 1, 2017.
- Both weeks of paternity leave will be funded by the government and has a cap of S$2,500 per week which will include CPF contributions made.
- Government-Paid Shared Parental Leave – SPL:
This scheme allows working fathers to share 1 week of leave with their spouse’s 16 weeks’ worth maternity leave if their spouse agrees to it.
2016 Update to SPL:
- Working fathers are now eligible to take up to 4 weeks of SPL if their spouse agrees to it.
- This leave also includes working fathers who take SPL for adopted children. Currently there is no provision in SPL to include SPL for fathers who are adopting children.
- These new updates are applicable to eligible parents whose children are born from July 1, 2017.
- All four weeks of SPL will be funded by the government and has a cap of S$2,500 per week which will include CPF contributions made.
- Government-Paid Adoption Leave – GPAL:
Adoptive mothers who are currently working can take 4 weeks of paid leave under the GPAL scheme if the child they are adopting is younger than 12 months. You can use these 4 weeks of leave over a period of 12 months from the time of your adopted child’s birth if your employer also agrees to it.
2016 Update to GPAL:
- The adoptive leave has been increased from 4 weeks to 12 weeks for adopted children who are younger than 12 months.
- This new update is applicable to adoptive mothers who adopt from July 1, 2017.
- Adoptive leave taken for first 2 adopted children: First 4 weeks leave to be paid by the employer and the last 8 weeks leave to be paid by the government.
- Adoptive leave taken for 3rd and subsequent adopted children: All 12 weeks leave to be paid by the government.
- The adoptive leave amount will have a cap of S$10,000 per 4 weeks which will include CPF contributions made.
2016 Updates for Unwed Parents:
- Children born to unwed parents will receive CDA benefits that will match the contribution cap of all existing schemes offered by the government.
- This will include S$3,000 CDA First Step.
- Unwed mothers will be eligible for GPML.
- These new updates will be applicable to children born to unwed mothers after legislative/system amendments are made by early next year.