Government-Paid Paternity Leave (GPPL): How to apply

Updated: 27 Aug 2015
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To encourage and support shared parental responsibility, working fathers are entitled to 1 week of Government-paid Paternity Leave (GPPL). This scheme supports fathers in caring for and bonding with their newborn child. In addition to the 1 week of mandatory paternity leave, the employer can voluntarily grant up to 1 additional week of paternity leave to fathers whose child is born on or after 1 Jan 2015.

Benefits at a glance

  • As a working father, you are entitled to 1 week of GPPL. You may enjoy an additional week of paternity leave, if your employer voluntarily grants it.
  • The government will pay you for your GPPL, with wage reimbursements capped at $2,500 (including CPF contributions) per 1 week of paternity leave.
  • You can consume your GPPL in a continuous block within 16 weeks from the birth of your child, or use it flexibly within 12 months from the birth of the child, subject to mutual agreement between you and your employer.
  • You cannot use your paternity leave to offset the notice period when your leave your job.

  • Note

    Working fathers are entitled to 1 week of GPPL (or up to 2 weeks, if your employer grants you 1 additional week voluntarily), in addition to 1 week of Shared Parental Leave (SPL).

Are you eligible?

You must meet the following requirements to qualify for GPPL:

  1. Your child is born or has an estimated delivery date (EDD) on or after 1 May 2013 and if your employer grants you an additional week of paternity leave voluntarily, your child is born on or has an EDD on or after 1 Jan 2015;
  2. Your child is a Singapore Citizen;
  3. You are/were lawfully married to the child's mother at some point between conception and birth; and
  4. If you are an employee: You must have served your employer for at least 3 months before your child's birth; or
    If you are self-employed: You must be engaged in your business, trade or profession for a continuous period of at least 3 months before the child's birth.

Adoptive fathers who meet the following requirements are also eligible for GPPL:

  1. If your adoptive child is not a Singapore Citizen, you or your spouse who is adopting with you must be a Singapore Citizen;
  2. Your child must be adopted within 1 year from the point of your formal intent to adopt;

    Tips


    Citizenship of child at point of birth Definition of "Formal Intent to Adopt"
    The child is a Singapore Citizen From the date an application to adopt is made to the Court.
    The child is not a Singapore Citizen From the date the Dependant's Pass (DP) is issued in respect of the child (including the document indicating approval).
  3. Your child must be a Singapore Citizen or become a Singapore Citizen within 6 months after the Adoption Order is granted;
  4. If you are an employee: You must have served your employer for a continuous period of at least 3 months immediately preceding the point of your formal intent to adopt; or
    If you are self-employed: You have been engaged in your current business, trade or profession for a continuous period of at least 3 months immediately preceding the point of your formal intent to adopt; and
  5. You must be an applicant to the adoption.

How to apply: If you are an employee

  1. Give your employer early notice of your leave arrangement. This allows your employer time to verify your eligibility and make alternative work arrangements.
  2. Submit declaration form (Form GPPL1) to your employer with all necessary supporting documents attached. Your employer may use its own declaration form/system for you to declare your eligibility.
  3. Apply for paternity leave in accordance with your company's leave application procedures.

How to claim: If you are self-employed

The government will pay you for the days you were on paternity leave.

The payment is capped at $2,500 per 1 week of GPPL and is calculated based on your Notice of Assessment from the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS).

  1. Record and keep a personal log of your GPPL dates.
  2. Submit your claim online within 3 months from the last day of your paternity leave.

    Tips

    If you do not have a standing payment instruction with us, please submit a Direct Credit Authorization (DCA) form with the bank's endorsement at least 1 week before making an online claim. This will enable us to upload your bank details onto your online application form.
  3. Proceed to the GPL Portal to make an online claim.
  4. Log on to GPL Portal with your SingPass to check on the status of your application. A notification letter will be sent to you once your application has been processed.

Note: Late claims will be denied.

Processing time:
Please refer to the GPL Portal

How to claim: If you are the employer

  1. Obtain the declaration form (Form GPPL1) and supporting documents from your employee at the point of his application of GPPL. You may also use your own form or system to capture the employee's declaration. Click here for the information you would need to capture in the declaration.
  2. Submit your employee's claim online within 3 months from the last day of your employee's GPPL.

    Tips

    Submit a Direct Credit Authorization (DCA) form with the bank's endorsement at least 1 week before you submit the GPPL claim. This enables us to upload your bank details onto your online application form.
  3. Proceed to the GPL Portal to make an online claim.
  4. Log on to GPL Portal with your SingPass to check on the status of your application. A notification email will be sent to you once your application has been processed.

    Note: Late claims will be denied.

    Processing time:
    Please refer to the GPL Portal


Self-employed and employers can submit the reimbursement for 1 week of voluntary paternity leave online at GPL portal from mid-2016 onwards.

 

Services & Tools


Government-paid Paternity Leave (GPPL) application form for Employers (For stillbirth only)
Please submit hard copy forms for GPPL application for stillbirth.
Government-paid Paternity Leave (GPPL) for Self-Employed (For stillbirth only)
Please submit hard copy forms for GPPL application for stillbirth.
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