Commentary

3.5 Work absences

Singapore
Singapore | Commentary

3.5 Work absences

Singapore | Commentary

3.5     Work absences

The Employment Act allows for paid leave for set periods for:

  1.  

    •     adoption

  2.  

    •     annual leave

  3.  

    •     child care

  4.  

    •     maternity

  5.  

    •     paternity

  6.  

    •     shared parental leave

  7.  

    •     sick leave

Unpaid infant care leave is also available.

Further details of the employment practices can be found at the Ministry of Manpower. A brief outline of some of the key absences is outlined below.

Sick leave

An employee covered by the Employment Act is entitled to paid sick leave, including medical leave issued by a dentist if:

  1.  

    •     the employee has served the employer for at least three months

  2.  

    •     the employee has informed or attempted to inform the employer of his/her absence within 48 hours. Otherwise, the employee will be deemed to be absent from work without permission or reasonable excuse

  3.  

    •     the sick leave is certified by the company's doctor, or by a government doctor (including doctors from approved public medical institutions)

The employee is entitled to the following types of leave:

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