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The Employment (Amendment) Act 2021, which will come into force on 1 September 2022, introduced paternity leave entitlements for male employees.

The relevant section is Section 60FA of the Employment Act 1955:

Paternity leave

60FA. (1) Subject to subsection (3), a married male employee shall be entitled to a paid paternity leave at his ordinary rate of pay for a period of seven consecutive days in respect of each confinement.

(2) The paternity leave under subsection (1) shall be restricted to five confinements irrespective of the number of spouses.

(3) A married male employee shall be entitled to paternity leave from his employer if—

(a) he has been employed by the same employer at least twelve months immediately before the commencement of such paternity leave; and

(b) he has notified his employer of the pregnancy of his spouse at least thirty days from the expected confinement or as early as possible after the birth.” (Emphasis ours)

At the time of writing, only male employees covered by the scope of the Employment Act 1955 will be entitled to paternity leave.

Having said that, the Human Resources Minister has indicated that he will be issuing an order to expand the scope of the Employment Act 1955 to cover all employees regardless of wages.

In the event such a ministerial order is issued, all male employees (regardless of wages) will be entitled to paternity leave.

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