Sample Employment Contract

A written employment contract reminds both employers and employees of their obligations, helps avoid possible disputes and sets out clearly the rights and benefits of both parties. To assist employers and employees to draw up written employment contracts, the Labour Department has prepared a sample employment contract for their reference.

The sample covers the major entitlements and protection enjoyed by employees under the EO. To know more about these entitlements (such as their eligibility criteria), please refer to the EO or the booklet "A Concise Guide to the Employment Ordinance" issued by the Labour Department, or visit the webpages below:

Department of Justice's Hong Kong e-Legislation

A Concise Guide to the Employment Ordinance


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 for each confinement of their spouse/partner if they fulfil other requirements as stipulated in the law. Employers must at all times keep a record setting out the wage and employment history of each employee covering the period of his employment during the preceding 12 months. Among others, the record must include particulars of paternity leave that the employee has taken together with details of payments made. For further information, please click here for "A Concise Guide to Paternity Leave under the Employment Ordinance" and other related information.