Macau (MNA) – Melco Resorts & Entertainment announced on Monday that it will increase both paid maternity and paternity leave for its employees, which exceed the current requirements set out in the Macau SAR Labour Relations Law.
Starting from June 1, Melco employees will have their paid maternity leave increased from 56 days (8 weeks) – as currently defined by the Labour Relations Law – to 70 days (10 weeks), while paid paternity leave will be increased from two (or 16 hours) to five days (or 40 hours).
Melco is the second casino operator in the city to announce the increase of such benefits, following in the footsteps of Wynn Macau, which first announced it was increasing maternity and paternity leave in early April.
The MSAR Government has identified the amount of leave days given to parents as one of the seven priority changes that are being considered for its amendment of the Labour Relations Law.
Measures being discussed include the increase in the number of paid paternity leave days to five days and the possibility of an additional 14 days of unpaid leave for new mothers after 56 days of paid leave.
[Correction changes number of original paternity leave days to two from three on second paragraph]
[Edited by Sheyla Zandonai]