Maternity Leave

Information about maternity leave entitlement for mothers in Singapore...

Mothers of Singaporean children are allowed 16 weeks maternity leave; the law allows eight to twelve weeks of maternity leave to new mothers who are permanent residents or citizens. At least four weeks of this must be taken after the birth. It is funded by the employer and government and the mother must meet a number of criteria to qualify:

The mother-to-be should inform her employer as soon as possible and at least one week before she intends to start her maternity leave. She should also come to an agreement beforehand with her employer on how and when the leave will be taken.

The employer should, as far as possible, allow the mother to return to the same (or similar) job on return from maternity leave.

Further Information

Information confirmed and contributed to by Doctor Kenneth Wong The OBGYN centre, 290 Orchard Road, The Paragon, #11-07. Singapore 238859 Main Line 6235 4188, Appointment hotline 9100 3874, Fax: 6235 8408 /email /Website Copyright © 2007-2009 The OBGYN Centre All Rights Reserved Copyright property of the OBGYN Centre Pte Ltd. No reprinting permitted without permission. Picture courtesy of Lizzie