Dear Customers.

Please be advised that the maternity leave has been extended from 10 weeks to 14 weeks with effect on 11 December 2020.

The Amendment Ordinance seeks to increase the maternity leave (ML) under the Employment Ordinance (EO) (Cap. 57) by four weeks, to be taken by the employee continuously after the 10 weeks’ Maternity Leave, if so entitled. The current statutory rate of maternity leave pay (MLP) (i.e. four-fifths of the employee’s average daily wages) is maintained for calculating the additional MLP payable in respect of the extension of the Maternity Leave.

Employers are required to pay the additional four weeks’ MLP (i.e. 11th to 14th week) under the Amendment Ordinance on the normal pay day. Afterwards, employers may apply to the Government for reimbursement of such MLP paid, subject to a cap of $80,000 per employee. The Government will announce the details in due course.

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