New dads working for Ikea get month-long paternity leave, double what MOM offers
While regular dads in Singapore may only be entitled to two weeks of state-funded paternity leave, the lucky men working for Swedish home furnishing brand Ikea will get double that duration to spend time with their newborn.
According to TODAY, Ikea moms are given four consecutive months of maternity leave, and new fathers get four weeks of paid time off, thanks to a policy that kicked in since January this year. A total of 14 employees in Singapore have enjoyed the benefits so far.
The entitlement goes across all levels and positions — all male employees in Ikea stores and offices get to claim the benefit, no matter how many children they have. The paternity leave doesn’t have to be taken consecutively, but new dads will have to claim them within the first six months of their child’s birth.
It’s all part of embracing Swedish values, said Lydia Song, human resources director for Ikea Southeast Asia. Speaking to TODAY, she stated that Ikea has always “taken an interest in life at home for families”, citing the need to champion gender equality as well.
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The Government-Paid Paternity Leave instituted by the Ministry of Manpower only allows for two weeks of paid off days, and that comes with caveats, including the requirement to work for at least three months before the birth of the child.
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