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1 week Government-paid paternity leave now part of parenthood package

Published on Jan 21, 2013 12:53 PM
 
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. -- PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

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:

 
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