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Maternity Allowance payment spread over months

steo
Member
Tue, 10 Oct 2017 03:14:49 PM  (Last updated: Tue, 10 Oct 2017 05:47:43 PM)

Hi,

We had a number of cases where employee after maternity leave does not return to work as they have to care for their new child.

The effective cost of a new employee (less than a year) becomes quite high when you consider the first few months learning, and then reduced productivity during pregnancy, and 2 months maternity allowance, only to have the employee not return.

Perhaps, we go ahead to pay 1 month first, then can we disburse the other 1 month of maternity allowance over 3-6 months after return from maternity leave?

Thank you.

KL Siew
Administrator
Tue, 10 Oct 2017 03:25:13 PM

You cannot do that. You have to pay maternity allowance just like payment of salary i.e. no later than the 7th day of the month.

Employment Act 38. The maternity allowance referred to in subsection 37(2) and accruing in each wage period under the contract of service of the female employee shall be paid in the same manner as if such allowance were wages earned during such wage period as provided in section 19.
 

steo
Member
Tue, 10 Oct 2017 05:47:43 PM
Originally posted by KL Siew on Tue, 10 Oct 2017 03:25:13 PM

You cannot do that. You have to pay maternity allowance just like payment of salary i.e. no later than the 7th day of the month.

Employment Act 38. The maternity allowance referred to in subsection 37(2) and accruing in each wage period under the contract of service of the female employee shall be paid in the same manner as if such allowance were wages earned during such wage period as provided in section 19.
 

Thanks.  

What is the best way to avoid staff returning from maternity and then quitting.  This does not happen with seasoned staff, but usually new staff the younger ones just new to the workforce.

Appreciate any comments.

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