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Unpaid Leave For Unexpected Care Needs

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Purpose

1. Caregiving is an important responsibility and is no easy feat, especially for those who have to juggle between work and caregiving roles. At times, employees may have greater caregiving needs should their immediate family members have a medical episode and require more care. While employees are encouraged to first utilise their statutory leave, employers can be more compassionate and provide additional unpaid leave to support employees during such stressful periods. This can help employers better attract and retain employees.
 
Specifications
 
2. Employees are informed of the types of unpaid leave offered, the process to request for them, and the expectations of the responsible use of leave. Employees can request for more leave if they require. Employees are notified on outcomes of leave requests in a timely manner. If a request cannot be granted, supervisors engage employees on the reasons and where possible, discuss suitable alternatives that better meet the needs of both employer and employee.
 
3. Employees are offered up to 4 weeks of unpaid leave per year if their child is below the age of 2 and:
  1. is born (a) preterm, or (b) with congenital conditions, or (c) as part of multiple births; or
  2. has any medical conditions, subject to discussion with the employer.
4. Employees are offered up to 2 weeks of unpaid leave per year for the caring of immediate family members who are hospitalised, during or after hospitalisation.
 
Glossary
 
  1. "Week" refers to the number of days in the work week of the employee. For example, if the employee works 5 days in a week, he/she will be offered up to 20 days of unpaid leave per year under Specification 3.
  2. "Immediate family members" refers to parents (including in-laws), spouse, and children.