Maternity Leave Procedure

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Contents;
1) Maternity Leave
a) Eligibility and duration of maternity leave under the CDCo-Savings Act b) Eligibility and duration of maternity leave under the Employment Act c) Coverage under different scenarios

d) Salary to employees on maternity leave
e) Obligations for employers and employees
f) Advice to both employers and employees

2) How to apply Maternity Leave
g) If you are an employee
h) If you are self-employed

Contents;
3) Maternity Leave
i) Eligibility and duration of maternity leave under the CDCo-Savings Act j) Eligibility and duration of maternity leave under the Employment Act k) Coverage under different scenarios

l) Salary to employees on maternity leave
m) Obligations for employers and employees
n) Advice to both employers and employees

4) How to apply Maternity Leave
o) If you are an employee
p) If you are self-employed

Maternity Leave

Eligibility and duration of maternity leave under the Child Development Co-Savings Act Eligibility under the Child Development Co-Savings Act
The Child Development Co-Savings Act covers parents of Singapore Citizen children, including managerial, executive and confidential staff. Under the Child Development Co-Savings Act, an employee is entitled to maternity leave benefits if: i. The child is a Singapore Citizen;

ii. The child's parents are lawfully married; and
iii. The employee has served her employer for at least 90 days before the child's birth. OR The mother is self-employed and has been engaged in a particular business / trade / profession for a continuous duration of at least 90 calendar days before the birth of her child; and have lost income as a result of not engaging in her trade, business, profession or vocation during the maternity leave period. If the employee does not meet criterion (i) and/or (ii) at the time of confinement, but meets them within 12 months of the child's birth, she will be eligible for the remaining maternity leave from the date she meets all the criteria. The remaining maternity leave entitlement must be taken before the child turns 12 months old. She will not be eligible for the maternity leave that has lapsed.   Entitlement under Child Development Co-Savings Act

An eligible employee is entitled to absent herself from work four weeks immediately before and 12 weeks immediately after delivery, totalling 16 weeks. Where there is a mutual agreement with her employer, an employee can take the last eight weeks (9th to 16th week) of maternity leave flexibly over a 12-month period from the child's birth. The number of days of maternity leave that can be taken flexibly is equivalent to eight weeks' worth of working days, up to a maximum of 48 days.

Eligibility and duration of maternity leave under the Employment Act An employee who is covered under the Employment Act, but not under the Child Development Co-Savings Act, will be entitled to 12 weeks of maternity leave. She will be paid by her employer for the first eight weeks of maternity leave if she has fewer than two living children (excluding the newborn), and she has served her employer for at least 90 days before the birth of the child. The last four weeks of maternity leave can be taken flexibly over a 12-month period from the child’s birth. Coverage under different scenarios

Single (unmarried) employees
A single (unmarried) employee is entitled to 12 weeks of maternity leave if she is covered under the Employment Act. She will be paid by her employer for the first eight weeks of maternity leave if she has fewer than two living children (excluding the newborn), and she has served her employer for at least 90 days before the birth of the child. Beyond the first eight weeks, maternity payment from the employer is voluntary and the employer is not entitled to claim any reimbursement from the government. If the...
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