The city’s Secretary for Economy and Finance, Lionel Leong Vai Tac, affirmed related amendments to the city’s Labour Law regarding the addition of paternity leave and compensatory leave for overlapping holidays will be opened for public consultation by the end of this year, local broadcaster TDM Radio News reported.
Speaking to reporters in Beijing, the Secretary said there are seven revisions for the current law that the government will prioritise, including overlapping holidays and paternity leave.
The official also expressed his hope that the consultation can be completed by the first quarter of next year, in order to proceed to the legislation for the bill.
Unionist legislator Ella Lei Cheng I held a press conference last week to bring attention to the incorporation of paid paternity leave in the city’s Labour Law, as well as that of compensatory leave for employees whose weekly rest days fall on mandatory holidays.
Ms. Lei submitted a bill to the Chief Executive (CE) last Wednesday in the hope of obtaining approval from the CE to propose the amendment bill in the Legislative Assembly.
In Macau, workers are eligible to enjoy a minimum of 52 days of weekly rest days, 10 days mandatory holiday and 6 days annual leave per year, while civil servants can enjoy five days paid paternity leave as well as compensatory leave for overlapping days off.
Ms. Lei is proposing a five-day paid paternity leave for employees in the bill.
Upgrading CEPA to highlight Macau’s role
The Secretary, meanwhile, also disclosed that the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China is planning to improve the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA) between the Mainland and the MSAR.
The improvement of the scheme will highlight Macau’s role as the platform for Sino-Luso co-operation. For instance, food products from Lusophone countries can be processed in Macau and later traded with tariff concessions to Mainland China in accordance with the terms of CEPA, the Secretary said.
He also noted that the content of the protocol for the CEPA scheme should be varied for the city and Hong Kong, in order to accommodate the needs of China, as well as make good use of Macau’s role as a Sino-Luso platform.
The Secretary hopes the revised protocol can be inked this year.