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What are the policies and rights around pregnancy for domestic helpers?

Maternity Leave

A pregnant domestic helper is eligible for 10 weeks of paid maternity leave, provided that:

  • She has been employed for at least 40 weeks before the beginning of the maternity leave period, and
  • Has given notice to her employer with a medical certificate

The rate of pay during the maternity leave period must be no less than 80% of her regular wages.

Can a domestic helper be dismissed due to pregnancy?

No. Under Hong Kong law, a worker cannot be dismissed from service due to pregnancy. Except in cases of serious misconduct, an employer must not dismiss a domestic helper in the period between the date upon which her pregnancy is confirmed by a medical certificate and the date upon which she is due to return to work at the end of her maternity leave.

For more information, please contact PathFinders, an organisation providing free advice regarding the pregnancy of migrant workers.

Paternity Leave

A male domestic worker is entitled to 5 days of paid paternity leave, provided that:

  • he has been employed for at least 40 weeks before the beginning of the paternity leave period

For more information please contact the Labour Department.

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Last updated on August 20th, 2019
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