Date
22 October 2018
In her policy speech Wednesday, Carrie Lam proposed more pro-labor initiatives, including longer maternity leave for working women. Photo: RTHK
In her policy speech Wednesday, Carrie Lam proposed more pro-labor initiatives, including longer maternity leave for working women. Photo: RTHK

HK Policy Address: Maternity leave raised to 14 weeks from 10

Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, in her policy address Wednesday, announced four more weeks of maternity leave for working women, extending the statutory leave period to 14 weeks from the current 10.

Employers may apply to the government for reimbursement of the additional four weeks’ statutory maternity leave pay, which will be capped at HK$36,822. That means employees with a monthly income of HK$50,000 or less will have their salary fully paid for.

To set an example of a good employee, the government will extend the maternity leave for all female employees of the government to 14 weeks with immediate effect.

In other initiatives, the administration will secure support from the Legislative Council for early passage of the Employment (Amendment) Bill 2018 that proposes to increase the statutory paternity leave from the existing three days to five days.

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