Enhanced Marriage and Parenthood Package leave schemes kick in on May 1

Initiatives under the Government's enhanced Marriage and Parenthood Package will take effect from Wednesday.

Working fathers will be entitled to one week of paternity leave, and can also share one week of the working mother's maternity leave entitlement.

From May 1, both married and unmarried parents receive six days of paid childcare leave a year for children aged seven and younger, and two days for those between seven and 12 years of age. Parents will also receive six days of unpaid infant-care leave a year if they have a child below the age of two.

Employers and self-employed parents can submit their claims for reimbursement for the leave schemes from May 1. More information is available at www.profamilyleave.gov.sg.