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21 June 2021

Paternity Leave

The Government-Paid Paternity Leave (GPPL) is a scheme given to working fathers to take time off from a job after a child is born. This encourages fathers to have parent-child bonding and to provide support to the mothers whom often need time to rest and recover after giving birth.

A working father is entitled to 2 weeks of paid paternity leave, capped at $2,500 per week, if he meets the following criteria:

  • The child is a Singapore Citizen.
  • Father is lawfully married to the child’s mother between conception and birth.
  • For employees who have served their employer for at least 3 months before the birth of the child.

Leave Arrangement

Paternity Leave can be taken by either default leave arrangement or flexibly through mutual agreement between employee and employer. 

By default arrangement: Take leave  continuously for 2 weeks within 16 weeks from the child’s date of birth.

By mutual agreement: Take leave continuously for 2 weeks within 12 months from the child’s date of birth. Or, split the 2 weeks of leave into working days, take them in any combination within 12 months from the child’s date of birth. Paternity leave can even be taken in durations shorter than one day.


Calculating Paternity Leave Entitlement

Total entitlement = 2 weeks X number of working days in a week of the father

For example: 2 X 5 = 10 leave days (*Capped at 6 working days per week)


How to apply

At company using WhyzeHR HR & Payroll Software

As an employee:

1. Inform your employer in advance of your leave arrangement, or submit a Plan Leave in WhyzeHR Employee Self Service (ESS) portal.

2. Submit the Plan Leave for approval. Or, if Plan Leave is not submitted in Step 1, submit a paternity leave application directly in ESS for approval instead.

As an employer:

1. Approve employee’s paternity leave in ESS portal.

2. Generate a pre-filled GPPL form via WhyzeHR for your record.

3. Submit your employee’s claim online via the GPL Portal no later than 3 months after the last date of your employee’s paternity leave taken.


At company using WhyzeHR HR & Payroll Software

As an employee:

1. Inform your employer in advance of your leave arrangement.

2. Fill up and submit the declaration form (GPPL1) to your employer with all the necessary supporting documents.

3. Apply for paternity leave according to your employer’s leave application procedures.

As an employer:

1. Obtain the declaration form (GPPL1) and supporting documents from your employee.

2. Submit your employee’s claims via the GPL Portal in a period of 3 months from the last day of your employee’s paternity leave.

3. Log in to GPL Portal to check your application status. A notification will be sent to you and your employee once your application is processed.


Link to download GPPL1 form:

Link to GPL (Government-Paid Leave) portal:

For a detailed demo on how to apply GPPL for employers, visit

WhyzeHR HR & Payroll software streamlines paternity leave application and approval process. A prefilled-in GPPL form enables employers to submit claims to GPL portal without hassle. Contact us (6838 0161) to find out more about WhyzeHR HR & Payroll system or email your enquiry to