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Statutory Paternity Leave

The Employment (Amendment) Ordinance 2014 on statutory paternity leave commenced on 27 February 2015.

Male employees with child born on or after 27 February 2015 are entitled to 3 days’ paternity leave to be taken consecutively or separately for each confinement of their spouse/partner if they fulfil other requirements as stipulated in the law. They may take paternity leave at any time during the period from 4 weeks before the expected date of delivery of the child to 10 weeks beginning on the actual date of delivery of the child. Employees who are qualified for paternity leave pay may receive a daily rate of four-fifths of their average wages as paternity leave pay.

A Concise Guide to Paternity Leave under the Employment Ordinance (PDF)

Full text of the Employment (Amendment) Ordinance 2014 (PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions with Answers on Statutory Paternity Leave (PDF)

Samples of birth certificates issued by the authorities of some places outside Hong Kong (PDF)

More details on the Employment Ordinance