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Maternity benefits for employees retrenched while on maternity leave

Maternity benefits for employees retrenched while on maternity leave

9 JANUARY 2017 

Question

Mr Darryl David
MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC

To ask the Minister for Social and Family Development what options are available to new mothers whose companies close down while they are still on maternity leave in terms of being able to claim their full maternity leave benefits.

Written Answer

Employers are obliged to pay maternity benefits to employees retrenched while on maternity leave, even if they close down. This is provided for under the Employment Act (EA) and the Child Development Co-savings Act (CDCA). Employees who are not paid accordingly may approach MOM or MSF for advice and assistance. MOM will investigate accordingly and take appropriate action, including through the Labour Court.

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