Hong Kong and Macau’s paternity rights are the weak link in gender equality


It took Macau more than ten years to increase its statutory maternity leave from 56 days to 70 days.

The amendment to the Labour Relations Law voted by mid-May also introduces five days of paternity leave; existing provisions grant new fathers two days of leave with no pay, unless agreed otherwise with the employer.

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Hong Kong has also recently approved an extension of four weeks to its ten-week statutory maternity leave under the Employment Ordinance. The Employment (Amendment) Bill 2019 was submitted to the Legislative Council on January 8. Once enacted, the amendment will put the city on par with the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) standard.



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