Hong Kong: Statutory Maternity Leave Extended to 14 Weeks

January 26, 2021
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Effective from 11 December 2020, the Employment (Amendment) Ordinance 2020 has extended the statutory maternity leave (ML) by four weeks to a total of 14 weeks.  The leave must be taken continuously after the 10 weeks.

The current statutory rate of maternity leave pay (MLP)- four-fifths of the employee’s average daily wages is maintained for calculating the additional MLP payable regarding the extension of the ML, subject to a cap of $80,000 per employee.

Employers must pay the additional four weeks’ MLP (i.e., week 11 – 14) under the Amendment Ordinance on the normal payday. Afterward, employers may apply to the Government for reimbursement of such MLP paid.

Please refer to the relevant information on the Reimbursement of Maternity Leave Pay Scheme published by the Labour Department for further details.

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