Upcoming development in employment law in Hong Kong

By Pattie Walsh and Naveen Qureshi

LegCo is proposing to introduce paternity leave provisions in the Employment Ordinance (Cap 57) (EO). The government has taken the lead to promote child-bearing and family-friendly practices in Hong Kong, and it currently provides five days’ paid paternity leave at four fifths of average daily wages to all full-time employees. Under the proposed amendments, an employee will be eligible for paid paternity leave if he has at least 40 weeks’ continuous service immediately before the expected or actual date of childbirth.

There is no concrete timeframe as to when the proposed statutory paternity leave will be enacted.

It is possible that section 33 of the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (Cap 486) (PDPO), which addresses the prohibition against transferring personal data to place outside Hong Kong, will come into force soon, although there is currently no clear timetable as to its implementation…

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