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New Paternity Leave for Dads in 2017

SINGAPORE: New fathers will get two weeks of Government-paid paternity leave, while unwed mothers will get 16 weeks of maternity leave from Jan 1, 2017, after Parliament passed changes to the Child Development Co-Savings Act (CDCA) on Thursday (Nov 10, 2016). Under the present policy, fathers are entitled to only one week of compulsory, Government-paid paternity leave, with addition second week provided by their employers on a voluntary basis. Unwed mothers, meanwhile, are entitled to eight weeks of maternity leave under the Employment Act. In response to a question on the take-up rate for paternity leave, Mr. Tan Chuan-Jin (Minister for Social and Family Development) noted that this was 42 per cent in 2015 and 38 per cent in 2014. Speaking in Parliament on Thursday (Nov 10, 2016), he said that studies will be conducted to investigate what is preventing more fathers from exercising their paternity leave entitlement. DADS CAN TAKE UP TO TWO MONTHS’ LEAVE IN BABY’S FIRST YEAR The Amendment Bill also provided for shared parental leave to be increased from the current one to four weeks, with effect from Jul 1, 2017. This refers to leave taken from the spouse’s maternity leave if she opts to share it. Shared parental leave was introduced in mid-2013. According to data from the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF), about 1,400 mothers shared maternity leave with their husbands...

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What’s Hot @ Austin Heights Water & Adventure Park (Johor Bahru)

With strong exchange rates favouring Singapore and being close in proximity, Malaysia have always been a great getaway spot for any Singaporean. However if your kids got tired or outgrown from having fun at Legoland, Hello Kitty Town or Angry Bird Theme park, then Austin Height Water & Adventure Park will be your must-go or not to be miss destination in Johor Bahru. Featuring Water park, Adventure park, Sports and Leisure, this park is a great place to any hyperactive kids or energetic youngsters. Pack with action pack activities, you will never get bored at Austin Height Water & Adventure Park and your family will surely finds an activity that they will fall in love with. Austin Heights Water Theme Park...

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