Government-Paid Shared Parental Leave (SPL): How to apply

Updated: 14 Nov 2016
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The Shared Parental Leave (SPL) scheme allows working fathers, including self-employed, to share leave taken from their wives’ paid Maternity Leave, with their wives’ agreement. This encourages shared parental responsibility.

Benefits at a glance

  • The SPL is in addition to your Paternity Leave entitlement, if you meet the requirements for paternity leave.
  • For fathers of citizen children born and with estimated delivery date (EDD) before 1 Jul 2017

  • As a working father, you are eligible to share 1 week of SPL from your wife’s maternity leave, if your wife agrees.

    Note

    You are not eligible for SPL if you jointly adopt a child with your wife before 1 Jul 2017
  • For fathers of citizen children born (or with EDD) on or after 1 Jul 2017/adoptive fathers whose formal intent to adopt is on or after 1 Jul 2017:
  • As a working father, you are eligible to share up to 4 weeks of SPL from your wife’s maternity leave, if your wife agrees.
    If you are an adoptive father, you can also share up to 4 weeks of SPL from your wife’s adoption leave, if your wife agrees.
Consumption of SPL
  • By default, SPL should be taken in a continuous block or in blocks of weeks. If your employer agrees, you can take SPL flexibly by days within 12 months from the birth of the child.
  • You cannot use your SPL to offset the notice period when you leave your job.
Claims for SPL
  • SPL is fully paid by the Government. Your employer (or yourself, if self-employed) can claim reimbursement of up to $2,500 per 1 week (including CPF contributions) from the Government.

Are you eligible?

You must meet the following requirements to qualify for SPL:

  1. Your child's mother is eligible for GPML or GPAL, based on the scenarios above;
  2. You are lawfully married to the child's mother; and
  3. Your child is a Singapore Citizen.

Tips

  • No minimum employment period is required to qualify for SPL as long as your spouse is eligible for the Government-Paid Maternity Leave (GPML), or Government-Paid Adoption Leave, based on the scenarios above.
  • If you are not lawfully married to the child's mother and/or the child is not a Singapore Citizen at time of birth, you can still be eligible for the SPL benefits if you fulfil all requirements before your child is 12 months old.
  • Your SPL eligibility in this instance will start from the date of your marriage and/or the date your child obtains Singapore Citizenship, whichever is later.
  • Unused SPL will be forfeited when your child turns 12 months old.

How to apply: If you are an employee

  1. Decide on the leave arrangement with your wife before your child is born or anytime within 12 months of your child's birth.
  2. Submit the declaration form (Form SPL1) to your employer. Give your employer early notice of your leave arrangement. This allows your employer time to verify your eligibility and make alternative work arrangements.
  3. Your wife will need to inform her employer of her intention to share GPML. Her entitlement of paid maternity leave will be adjusted to 15 weeks accordingly.
  4. Your wife must register the sharing of leave online via the Shared Parental Leave Allocation System (SPLAS) with her SingPass. Mothers who do not have a SingPass may request for a hardcopy SPLAS Form from us at [email protected].
  5. After she has registered on SPLAS, she will need to print out hardcopies of her registration and send a copy each to her employer and your employer. If a hardcopy form is used, both you and your spouse must complete, sign off and submit the form (with all relevant documents) to your employer when you apply for SPL.



    Tips

    • Your wife needs to submit the SPL declaration form together with her GPML application to her employer.
    • The system will automatically adjust your wife's GPML entitlement to 15 weeks and assign 1 week of SPL to you. The system will also check and verify your respective employers' claims for SPL and GPML to ensure payment is made correctly and not beyond the leave entitlement allocated.
    • Once SPL is registered in SPLAS, no further change can be made to the decision to share 1 week of your wife's GPML. You and your spouse should carefully consider your allocation of SPL before registering.

How to claim: If you are self-employed

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

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

  1. Decide on the leave arrangement with your wife before your child is born or anytime within 12 months of your child's birth.
  2. Your wife will need to inform her employer of the intention to share her GPML. Her entitlement of paid maternity leave will be adjusted to 15 weeks accordingly.
  3. Your wife must register the sharing of leave online via the Shared Parental Leave Allocation System (SPLAS) with her SingPass. Mothers who do not have a SingPass may request for a hardcopy SPLAS Form from us at [email protected].
  4. Record and keep a personal log of your SPL dates.
  5. Submit your claim online within 3 months from the last day of your shared parental 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.
  6. Proceed to GPL Portal to make an online claim.
  7. 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.
  8. All registration of SPL must be made online via SPLAS by your spouse with her SingPass.

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 SPL1) from your employee at the point of his application of SPL.
  2. Verify that your employee's spouse has made a declaration in SPLAS and check all supporting documents to verify your employee's eligibility.



    Tips

    You may access SPLAS to verify that the SPL has been duly registered online. Once your employee's spouse has registered online, their decision is irrevocable.



    If your employee's spouse does not have a SingPass and cannot access SPLAS, you may send the hardcopy Form SPL1 with the supporting documents and the reason why SPL is not registered in SPLAS to Tanjong Pagar Post Office P.O.Box 889 Singapore 910824. Your employee's records in SPLAS will be updated after verification.
  3. Submit the claim online within 3 months from the last day of your employee's SPL.



    Tips

    Submit a Direct Credit Authorization (DCA) form with the bank's endorsement to us at least 1 week before the SPL claim is submitted. This enables us to upload your bank details onto your online application form.
  4. Proceed to GPL Portal to make an online claim.
  5. Log on to GPL Portal with your SingPass and go to ‘Enquiry on status of previous transactions’ on your left to check on the status of your application. A notification email/letter will also be sent to you and your employee once your application has been processed.

Note: Late claims will be denied.

Processing time:

Please refer to the GPL Portal

Services & Tools



Government-Paid Shared Parental Leave (SPL) application form for Employers (For stillbirth only)
Please submit hard copy forms for SPL application for stillbirth.
Government-Paid Shared Parental Leave (SPL) for Self-Employed (For stillbirth only)
Please submit hard copy forms for SPL application for stillbirth.
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