Government will build consensus before legislating for paternity leave

I write in response to Israel Lai's letter in which he calls on the administration to undertake a review on legislating for paternity leave ('Paternity leave can improve employee loyalty while helping to increase birth rate', August 3).

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:23pm

Paternity leave a foreign concept for most firms

Most local employers are reluctant to provide paternity leave and would not consider doing so unless it were compulsory.

A private manpower survey found that of 502 employers, 70 per cent did not offer paternity leave and 71 per cent of those firms had no plans to offer it next year, when the government is hoping to introduce statutory paternity leave.

26 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Strong case for paternity leave

Hong Kong working mothers have been enjoying statutory paid maternity leave since the early 1980s. But three decades on, fathers are still not entitled to the same benefit. Men, of course, do not give birth but that does not mean they are less needed in the family when a baby arrives. The family roles of men and women are changing. Many overseas countries have recognised this.

22 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Paternity leave overdue, experts say

The benefits of paid paternity leave are so obvious - and the drawbacks so negligible - that the government should simply implement and promote the practice, some economists said in response to the chief executive's vague mention of it in his policy address.

17 Oct 2011 - 12:00am


Would you pay to see the Peak Tower's view?

I suppose the main reason for the Peak Tower receiving criticism for charging entry to its observation deck is simple - the company has not imposed such a charge before.

Viewing charges of cityscapes in international cities around the world do not come cheap.

25 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Paternity leave law is urged on government

The government has been urged to legislate to introduce paternity leave after a poll found only 6 per cent of Hong Kong male employees enjoyed such a benefit.

30 Apr 2007 - 12:00am