Leave entitlements are the amount of paid time off that employees are entitled to by law. In Singapore, employees are entitled to a number of different types of leave, including annual leave, sick leave, maternity leave, and paternity leave.
Types of leave
Singapore’s leave policy is designed to protect the rights and well-being of employees. To ensure that they have the time they need to rest and recharge, and to attend to their personal and family needs.
All employees in Singapore are entitled to at least seven days of annual leave per year. For employees who have worked for their employer for at least one year. The annual leave entitlement increases to 14 days. Employees who have worked for their employer for at least three years are entitled to an additional one day of annual leave for each subsequent year of service. Up to a maximum of 22 days of annual leave per year.
Singaporean employers must provide at least 14 days of sick leave per year to all employees. Employees who have worked for their employer for less than six months are entitled to five days of sick leave per year. Employees who have worked for their employer for at least six months but less than one year are entitled to eight days of sick leave per year. While employees who have worked for their employer for at least one year are entitled to 14 days of sick leave per year.
Singaporean employers must provide 16 weeks of paid maternity leave to female employees who have worked for them for at least 90 days. Female employees can take maternity leave from any time during their pregnancy, provided that they give at least one month’s notice to their employer.
Singaporean employers must provide two weeks of paid paternity leave to male employees who have worked for them for at least 90 days. Male employees can take paternity leave within 16 weeks of their child’s birth or adoption.
Other types of leave
In addition to annual leave, sick leave, maternity leave, and paternity leave, employees in Singapore may also be entitled to other types of leave. Such as compassionate leave, hospital leave, and study leave. The specific types of leave that employees are entitled to will vary depending on their employment contract and the company’s policies.
How to comply with Singapore’s leave entitlements
Employers in Singapore are required by law to comply with their employees’ leave entitlements. Employers who fail to do so may be subject to fines and penalties.
To comply with Singapore’s leave entitlements, employers should:
- Develop a clear and concise leave policy that outlines the different types of leave that employees are entitled to, the eligibility criteria for each type of leave, and the procedures for applying for leave.
- Keep track of employees’ leave entitlements and ensure that employees are aware of their leave balances.
- Approve employees’ leave requests in a timely manner.
- Pay employees their full salary and benefits while they are on leave.
- Not discriminate against employees who take leave.
Complying with Singapore’s leave entitlements can be a challenge for businesses of all sizes, especially those with a large number of employees. Leave Management System from HRMLabs can help businesses to automate their leave management process. Ensure that they are complying with all applicable laws and regulations.
The HRMLabs Leave Management System is a cloud-based solution that integrates with our Payroll System. This allows businesses to automate the process of calculating and paying employee leave. The system also supports pro-rate calculation for employees who are on leave for a portion of a pay period.
If you are looking for a way to simplify your leave management process and ensure that you are complying with Singapore’s leave entitlements, contact HRMLabs today to schedule a demo.