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Macau: Changes to maternity/paternity leave, new universal minimum wage

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By Christopher Hui | June 23, 2020

Employer-paid maternity leave is increasing to 70 days, with a five-day paid paternity leave. A new private-sector minimum wage has also been set.

Employer Action Code: Act

Significant amendments to employment legislation have been announced in Macau, a Special Administrative Region within the People’s Republic of China. Employer-paid maternity leave has been increased from 56 to 70 days, with the additional days initially being subsidized for a transitional period by the Social Security Fund (FSS). The amendments also introduce a five-day employer-paid paternity leave for the first time. In addition, Law No. 5/2020 on the Minimum Wage for Workers has been approved, which sets a minimum wage for all private-sector employees for the first time (only domestic workers and disabled support workers are excluded), effective November 1, 2020.

Key details

Maternity leave: The Labor Relations Law has been amended to extend the minimum paid maternity leave period from 56 to 70 days for children born on or after May 26, 2020. Through May 25, 2023, the minimum employer-paid period will remain 56 days, and the FSS will pay 100% of base pay to the employee for up to 14 days (subject to the overall combined cap of 70 days); from May 26, 2023, employers will be responsible for the full 70 days of paid leave. In order to qualify for the government subsidy, eligible employees must have at least one year of service with their current employer prior to the start of leave.

Paternity leave: The Labor Relations Law has also been amended to introduce a period of employer-paid paternity leave for the first time. Effective from May 26, 2020, employees with a year or more of service are entitled to five working days of paternity leave, which may be taken either consecutively or separately up to 30 days after the birth of the child.

Minimum wage: The applicable rate will depend on how remuneration is calculated (e.g., hourly, daily, weekly or monthly) as follows, effective November 1, 2020:

  • Monthly: MOP 6,656 (based on 208 working hours per month)
  • Weekly: MOP 1,536 (based on a six-day workweek)
  • Daily: MOP 256 (based on an eight-hour workday)
  • Hourly: MOP 32

The rates will be reviewed every two years.

Employer implications

Employers should review their existing leave policies to ensure that they comply with the new requirements for maternity and paternity leave and the minimum wage.

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