The "Entitlement under Child Development Co-Savings Act" stipulates that an eligible employee is entitled to absent herself from work 4 weeks immediately before and 12 weeks immediately after delivery, totalling 16 weeks. The prime minister is now pondering whether to convert part of the 16 weeks for paternity leave. Currently most of the private sector companies allow 2 days' off to distribute the traditional cakes to announce the newbirth.
The UK offers additional paternity leave (APL) of up to 26 weeks' leave to care for the child, on top of 2 weeks of ordinary paternity leave. The US offers 12 weeks unpaid parental leave but individual states provide more and some are paid. Most US companies include it in their contracts. Australia now offers paternity leave if you have given birth or adopted a child since 1 January 2011, subject to compliance with their "Work Test" as set out by legislation.
Get real. Most employees in Singapore, male or female, regularly forgo their annual leave entitlement because of work commitments. Some are allowed to rollover their due for one year, some are compensated monetary equivalent in lieu of holidays missed. The HR professional with 20 years' experience in multinational firms states the case when he said it had been a challenge to get Singaporean men to take childcare leave. The Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (ASME) highlighted that men are already spending time from the workplace for reservist training, do we need another excuse for a foreigner to take away a Singaporean's job?
With pre-school requirements in the cards, the cost of raising a child had just been hiked. New tuition center scams will no doubt sprout to cater to this new market of pre-schoolers. Mom definitely needs her rest from the physical labours of bringing life to this earth, but dad has to make sure he has a job to pay for the additional expenses. Not everybody works for NTUC where they can afford to park non-productive staff who fail to be elected at by-elections. You don't have to be a negativistic one-eye dragon to see that more problems are being created by the cockaminny "solutions" to address the total fertility rate. The elephant in the room is this 8 million population target the planners have yet to justify. The difference between a country and a city is that you can breathe fresh air more freely in the country, instead of suffocating in the city's toxic fumes. Death by asphyxiation is a painful way to fold up.