A number of employer representatives on the government’s Labour Advisory Board changed their position on statutory paternity leave resulting in a decision by the Labour Advisory Board to endorse the proposal to give new fathers three days off at four-fifths of their pay.

The proposal also applies to unmarried men if they can prove paternity in addition to new fathers whose wives or girlfriends give birth outside Hong Kong.

The proposal will now be submitted to the Legislative Council where it will go through the legislative process which may take up to one year.