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  • Jul 13, 2014
  • Updated: 2:18am

Paternity leave

Is paternity leave a benefit just for Hong Kong's married men?

As employers prepare their policies and procedures for the introduction of paternity leave legislation, questions are being asked about whether denying unmarried employees these benefits would be unlawful.

Wednesday, 6 March, 2013, 5:05am

Singapore increases cash-for-babies as cost of raising a family rises

Singapore has announced increased cash bonuses for parents of newborn babies and introduced paternity leave as part of a package of measures to boost the population and reduce dependence on foreigners.

22 Jan 2013 - 11:08am

Letters to the Editor, January 16, 2013

Think beyond city's pillar industries

Last month, Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah warned against "blindly" pursuing new sectors.

He defended the city's pillar industries - finance, logistics and trade, tourism and professional services.

I disagree with the comments regarding pursuit of new sectors.

16 Jan 2013 - 2:34am 1 comment

Paternity leave plan labelled ridiculous by gender equality campaigners

The government's proposal to give new fathers three days' paid leave when it already grants its civil servants five days' paternity leave has been condemned as absurd by a group campaigning for gender equality.

3 Jan 2013 - 7:22am 1 comment

Paternity leave is only a baby step

If Hong Kong is to be a world-class city, it is going to have to bring its parental leave entitlements up to global standards. According to the International Labour Organisation, at least 49 countries in the world provide some form of paternity leave.

21 Dec 2012 - 1:33am

Lawmakers need to press ahead on paternity leave

Paternity leave for working fathers appears to be a step closer to reality after employer and labour representatives on a government panel agreed to make it part of the law. The breakthrough is encouraging news. It creates a more family-friendly work environment and brings Hong Kong in line with countries that introduced such benefits long ago.

30 Nov 2012 - 1:17am

Labour Advisory Board backs paternity leave

Hong Kong fathers will be given three days’ paternity leave for the first time despite objections from employers after officials agreed to start drafting new laws on Monday.

26 Nov 2012 - 9:32pm 1 comment

Benefits of paternity leave outweigh costs

Earlier this year, a survey of employers found that those who do not offer paternity leave - a large majority - had no intention of introducing it unless the government legislated to make it compulsory. Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung has indicated this is on the cards next year anyway.

2 Nov 2012 - 3:56am

Employers relent on law to bring in paternity leave

Paternity leave has moved a step closer to becoming law after a U-turn by employers' representatives on the Labour Advisory Board.

Vice-chairman Stanley Lau Chin-ho, from the Federation of Hong Kong Industries, revealed yesterday that the board looked set to give its approval to a law allowing new fathers time off.

30 Oct 2012 - 2:51am

Pay rise for Hong Kong workers expected to lag mainland China

Hong Kong workers on average can expect a pay rise between 4.1 per cent and 4.5 per cent next year– well short of the 7 per cent to 8 per cent expected on the mainland – a survey has found.

But employers are worried about possible legislation on standard working hours and paternity leave for men, according to the poll.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am