Good news: Unwed mothers will get 16 weeks of maternity leave from 1 Jan 2017

November 11, 2016

“SINGAPORE: New fathers will get two weeks of Government-paid paternity leave, while unwed mothers will get 16 weeks of maternity leave from Jan 1 next year, after Parliament passed changes to the Child Development Co-Savings Act (CDCA) on Thursday (Nov 10).

Currently, fathers are entitled to only one week of compulsory, Government-paid paternity leave, with a second week provided by their employers on a voluntary basis. Unwed mothers, meanwhile, are entitled to eight weeks of maternity leave under the Employment Act.”

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The extension of parental leave for fathers and maternity leave for unwed mothers are great moves forward. We congratulate the government on doing more to support caregivers and to encourage male caregiving. We hope this signals a move toward a more inclusive society, and urge that the state also urgently look at unwed mothers’ needs in the area of housing, which is one of the single biggest material arrangements that affects their lives.