The Employment (Amendment) Ordinance 2020 (the Ordinance) will come into effect on 11 December. The Ordinance increases the statutory maternity leave of employees from the existing 10 weeks to 14 weeks, the SAR government will offer support to the employers in reimbursement.

Key arrangements include:

  • Employees whose actual date of confinement is on or after 11 December 2020 will be entitled to 14 weeks of maternity leave. If the actual date of confinement is before 11 December 2020, the employees will follow the current entitlement of 10 weeks.
  • The government reimbursement over the additional 4 weeks of maternity leave. The daily rate shall be 80% of the employee’s daily average wages, capped at HK$80,000 per employee.
  • A certificate of attendance will be accepted as proof of entitlement to sickness allowance for a day on which a female employee attends a medical examination in relation to her pregnancy.
  • The payment method and schedule of the reimbursement has not been announced yet. Details of the arrangement are expected to be available in the first quarter of 2021.

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