A number of provinces and cities in China have updated their regulations around marriage leave, maternity leave and paternity leave to reflect changes in the new PRC Population and Birth Planning Law, on which we reported in January here. The latest to do so is Beijing, which published its implementing regulation on March 24th.

According to the new law, all couples nationwide are now allowed to have two children. Although details of each local regulation vary, in general, changes are more favorable to the employees and allow for longer and broader eligibility for marriage leave, maternity leave and paternity leave.

Below is a summary of the changes for Guangdong, Shanghai, and Beijing:

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Employers should update any relevant contracts or policies to ensure that these now reflect the new rules. They are also advised to remove any negative implications for employees giving birth to their second child and apply the same benefits to them as those who are giving birth to their first child.