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Singtel to double paternity leave, supports call to raise re-employment age

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Singtel said on Monday that staff of the telco and its subsidiary, NCS, can now benefit from up to two weeks of paid paternity leave.

SINGTEL said on Monday that staff of the telco and its subsidiary, NCS, can now benefit from up to two weeks of paid paternity leave.

The move to double paternity leave is a response to recent government calls to introduce additional paternity leave for working fathers of newborn Singaporean children.

The enhanced paternity leave will take retrospective effect from Jan 1, 2015, and can be taken flexibly within 12 months from the birth of the staff's child. This government-led initiative is currently voluntary for employers.

Another government initiative that Singtel fully supports is the call to raise the re-employment age from 65 to 67. Currently, Singtel has eight staff who are aged 67 and older in its employ. It also re-employs 70 to 80 per cent of its staff when they turn 62.