Hong Kong Increases Maternity Leave from 10 weeks to 14 weeks with effect from 11 December 2020


The Legislative Council has on 9 July 2020, passed the Employment (Amendment) Ordinance 2020 (“the Amendment Ordinance”), which extends female employee’s statutory 10 weeks’ maternity leave to 14 weeks. The amendment will come into effect on 11 December 2020. Whilst 14 weeks is still relatively short compared to other developed countries in Europe, US and Canada, this is still a welcoming change for many parents-to-be.

Under the current law, a female employee is entitled to a continuous period of 10 weeks’ maternity leave if she is employed under a continuous contract immediately before her maternity leave commences and has given notice of pregnancy and her intention to take maternity leave to her employer. The Amendment Ordinance extends this period to 14 weeks.