The Singapore Parliament recently passed some changes to the Child Development Co-Savings Act that offers more time off for parents, whether they are adopting a child or having one the old fashioned way.
This time off is not just for mothers of newborns, but also includes more paternity leave for fathers. It has the intent of providing the necessary support for new parents during the time when they should be learning the ropes of caring for their child and bonding as a family unit, rather than worrying about going back to work.
Changes to Child Development Co-Savings Act
Benefits of Changes to Leave
One of the biggest benefits of this change is for fathers. These changes will allow new fathers to have up to eight weeks off during the first year of being a new parent. They can have the two weeks of paternity leave that this change enables them to have, as well as the four weeks that they can share with their wife. This combines with the paid childcare leave that gives them six days off and unpaid infant care leave that lasts for a week.