Employment Ordinance Chapter 6 (Maternity Protection)
A female employee employed under a continuous contract immediately before the commencement of her maternity leave and having given notice of pregnancy and her intention to take maternity leave to the employer is entitled to the following periods of leave:
• a continuous period of 141 weeks’ maternity leave;
• if confinement occurs later than the expected date of confinement, a further period equal to the number of days from the day after the expected date of confinement to the actual date of confinement;
• an additional period of leave for not more than four weeks on the grounds of illness or disability due to the pregnancy or confinement.
Taking of Maternity Leave
• With the agreement of her employer, a pregnant employee may decide to commence her maternity leave from two to four weeks before the expected date of confinement;
• If the employee does not decide on the date, or fails to secure her employer’s agreement, the employee shall commence her maternity leave four weeks before the expected date of confinement;
• Maternity leave commences on the date of confinement if it occurs before the scheduled maternity leave. In this case, the employee should give notice of the date of confinement and her intention to take 14 weeks’ maternity leave to her employer within seven days of her confinement.
Payment for Maternity Leave
An employee is eligible for maternity leave pay if:
1. she has been employed under a continuous contract for not less than 40 weeks immediately before the commencement of scheduled maternity leave;
2. she has given notice of pregnancy and her intention to take maternity leave to her employer after the pregnancy has been confirmed. For example, the presentation of a medical certificate confirming her pregnancy to the employer; and
3. she has produced a medical certificate specifying the expected date of confinement if so required by her employer. Maternity leave should be paid for a period of 143 weeks and it should be paid on the normal pay day of the employee. The daily rate of maternity leave pay is a sum equivalent to four-fifths of the average daily wages earned by an employee in the 12-month period preceding the first day of the maternity leave. If an employee is employed for less than 12 months, the calculation shall be based on the shorter period. The 4-week maternity leave pay for the 11th to 14th week of the maternity leave is subject to a cap of $80,000.