Many companies have voluntarily doubled paternity leave since PM Lee’s National Day Rally speech this August when he introduced the enhance paternity leave scheme. In the enhanced paternity leave scheme, the Government will pay for the extra week of leave when companies voluntarily double paternity leave from one to two weeks.
Currently companies such as Singtel, OCBC and DBS have implemented the scheme. The civil service as well has doubled paternity leave for employees, backdating it to Jan 1 2015.
Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), however, have been slower to catch on with the scheme owing to the manpower crunch they face on their end.
According to Kurt Wee, President of the Association of Small and Medium Enterprises "Many people are in overdrive," said Mr Wee. "SMEs generally feel the strain when it comes to this
What efforts do you think can be undertaken to encourage firms, particularly SMEs to double paternity leave to two weeks for eligible fathers?
Source: “More firms double paternity leave” (The Straits Times, 2 November 2015)