The Minimum Wage Commission set up to review the statutory
minimum wage agreed in late September 2012 that the minimum wage
should be increased from HK$ 28 per hour to HK$ 30 per hour. The
Commission submitted its recommendations to the Chief Executive at
the end of October 2012. The Chief Executive has now adopted the
recommendation of the Minimum Wage Commission that the statutory
minimum wage should be adjusted to HK$30 per hour. The Chief
Executive has also confirmed that the amendment will come into
force on 1 May 2013. The Minimum Wage Ordinance (Amendment of
Schedule 3) Notice 2012 was published in the Government Gazette on
14 December 2012. The amendment will be tabled at the Legislative
Council on 19 December 2012.
New rights to paternity leave for government employees
may lead to paternity leave for other employees
Since 1 April 2012, new fathers who are full time government
employees who have more than 40 weeks continuous service are
eligible to take 5 daysâ€" paternity leave on full
pay. Recently the Labour Advisory Board gave its endorsement for
men in the private sector to be be paid for 3 days of paternity
leave. Like mothers in Hong Kong who are on statutory maternity
leave, fathers who will enjoy paternity leave will be paid at the
same rate i.e. four fifths of their salary. It was also agreed that
unmarried men may also enjoy the benefit as long as they can prove
that they are the father of the child. Employers in Hong Kong have
fought against plans to provide paternity leave to working fathers
claiming that it will raise labour costs and will place them under
an unnecessary burden. No timetable has yet been given as to when
the draft bill will be introduced.
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