1 week Government-paid paternity leave now part of parenthood package
Fathers with a child born on or after May 1 this year will be entitled to one week of government-paid paternity leave, to be taken within 16 weeks from the birth of their child.
In addition, mothers can share with fathers one week of their government-paid maternity leave.
The widely-expected move was announced on Monday as part of its enhanced Marriage and Parenthood package. Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said the aim was to send a signal to fathers to play a bigger role in bringing up their children.
Several other measures were also announced: