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29 July 2021

On 5 July 2021, the Child Development Co-Savings (Amendment) Bill (“Bill”) was introduced for first reading in Parliament. The changes in the Bill seek to ensure that more working parents with Singaporean children benefit from family-friendly policies at the workplace.

This Bill seeks to amend the Child Development Co-Savings Act for various purposes including:

  • Allow parents of a stillborn child who satisfy certain eligibility criteria to qualify for certain Government-paid leave and benefits (except for childcare leave, extended childcare leave and unpaid infant care leave); 
  • Introduce Government-paid adoption benefits and Government-paid paternity benefits to enhance support for parents with children who are Singapore citizens and satisfy certain eligibility criteria; 
  • Enhance financial support for working parents with children by providing certain Government-paid benefits if their employment is terminated on the ground of redundancy or by reason of any reorganisation of an employer’s profession, business, trade or work; 
  • Streamline the administration of payments and reimbursements under the Child Development Co-Savings Act by simplifying how some of the limits on such payments and reimbursements are determined; 

The Bill also makes related amendments to the Employment Act.

By way of background, the Ministry of Social and Family Development conducted a public consultation on these changes in July 2021.

Reference materials

The Child Development Co-Savings (Amendment) Bill is available on Singapore Statutes Online sso.agc.gov.sg.