Unless she is earning less than $2000/month she's not likely to qualify under the Employment Act. She can get whatever she's managed to negotiate with the employer. This can sometimes be a deal breaker for a woman (this sucks in my opinion but what to do). If the contract does not spell out anything for maternity benefits, she only has the goodwill of the employer. If she tries to negotiate maternity benefits, she might not get a contract at all, especially if the HR department is run by a local as this automatically signals the intent to get pregnant, thereby costing the company non-productive money in addition to having to replace her during the duration. Damned if you do and damned if you don't. Of course western MNC's may be different, but often the Corporate HR headquarters are not aware what the subsidiaries are doing with their local HR personnel/manager here in Singapore.Girl_Next_Door wrote:From the MOM website:
Maternity Leave for a foreigner or PR working in Singapore
The employee is entitled to maternity leave benefit if she is covered under the Employment Act, , regardless of her nationality. She will be paid for the first eight weeks of maternity leave if she has fewer than two living children (excluding the newborn), and she has worked for the employer for at least 90 days before the birth of the child. Beyond the first eight weeks, maternity payment from the employer is voluntary and the employer is not entitled to claim any reimbursement from the government.
Google "Maternity Leave Singapore" and it will bring you to the MOM's website which have more information.
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