Extra maternity leave at least a year away

Local | 13 Oct 2017 1:00 pm

The Labor and Welfare Secretary, Law Chi-kwong, said the Government is willing to provide subsidies to local employers who extend the statutory maternity leave.

The policy address has proposed to extend the current 10-week maternity leave.

Speaking on a RTHK program, Law said it’s almost "certain” to increase the number of paid maternity leave for working mothers as International Labour Organization had suggested 14 weeks of maternity leave.

Law admitted that local employers will need to be given assistance because the policy may impact businesses the most.

Law said practices in Singapore – where the costs linked to the maternity leave are borne by both the employer and the government – are being studied.

He added that it will take about a year to consult with different sectors before laying out a concrete proposal.

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