In the Hong Kong Chief Executive's latest policy address, it was proposed that statutory paternity leave shall be extended from three days to five days. This proposal has now been given the green light by the Labour Advisory Board and will be discussed by the Legislative Council's Panel on Manpower next month. If adopted, male employees, who fulfilled certain statutory requirements, can start enjoying this enhanced benefit as early as next year.

For further information on the current law on paternity leave, please refer to our earlier legal update “Statutory Paternity Leave Introduced in Hong Kong”.