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Hong Kong Leave Laws & Holidays

Paid Time Off, Annual Leave, Sick Leave, Maternity Leave, Paternity Leave, Bereavement Leave, Jury Duty Leave, Military Leave, and Voting Leave

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Last updated on January 17, 2024.

Public Holidays in Hong Kong for 2024

Date Holiday
January 1 New Year
February 10 Lunar New Year
February 11 The Second Day of Lunar New Year
February 12 The Third Day of Lunar New Year
February 13 The Fourth Day of Lunar New Year
March 29 Good Friday
March 30 The Day Following Good Friday
April 1 Easter Monday
April 4 Ching Ming Festival
May 1 Worker’s Day
May 15 Birthday of Buddha
Jun 10 Tuen Ng Festival
July 1 HKSAR Establishment Day
September 18 The Day Following Mid-Autumn Festival
October 1 National Day
October 11 Chung Yeung Festival
December 25 Christmas
December 26 The First Weekday After Christmas Day

Employees under a continuous contract for at least three months are eligible to be paid for these holidays.

Paid Time Off

PTO (Paid Time Off)

  • Vacation/Annual Paid Leave

Rest days

Every employee who has been employed by the same employer under a continuous contract shall be granted not less than 1 rest day in every period of 7 days.

Rest days shall be in addition to any statutory holiday, or alternative holiday or substituted holiday, to which an employee is entitled.

There is no legal requirement that the rest days are paid or not, it is up to the agreement between the employer and the employee. 

Annual Paid Leave

Employees are entitled to paid annual leave if they have completed 12 months of service under the continuous contract. The number of days of leave increases in parallel to the completed length of service period:

  • 1st and 2nd years: 7 days per year
  • 3rd to 9th years and onwards: annual increase 1 day – from 8 days to 14 days per year

Employers are required to provide continuous annual leave to their employees:

  • less than 10 days of annual leave: up to 3 days of separated leave

  • equal or more than 10 days of annual leave: at least 7 days of continuous leave

  • Rollovers and payout of unused hours

  • Use-it-or-lose-it policy 

Paid annual leave must be consumed within 12 months after the entitlement

  • PTO payout at the termination

When a contract of employment is terminated any sum due to the employee shall be paid to him as soon as is practicable and in any case not later than 7 days after the day of termination.

Maternity Leave, Child Raising Leave, Parental Leave

Maternity Leave

Female employees are entitled to 14 weeks of continuous maternity leave, and additional leave period which is equal to the difference between the next date of actual confinement and the expected date of confinement is granted to employee if confinement takes place later than the expected date.

Employees are also entitled to a further period, not exceeding 4 weeks, on grounds of illness or disability arising out of the pregnancy or confinement.

The period of maternity leave may be taken wholly or in part. 

Employees are eligible to paid maternity leave, apart from being employed under the continuous contract, if the period of service is not less than 40 weeks before the commencement of scheduled maternity leave.

Medical certificate is required.

Paternity Leave

A male employee is entitled to up to 3 to 5 days of paid paternity leave in respect of the birth of a child if he is the child’s father and if he has been employed under a continuous contract immediately before taking leave.

Employees are required to notify employers of their intentions at least 3 months before the expected date of the delivery of the child.

Sick Leave

Employees under the continuous contract are entitled to paid sick leave. During the first 12 months of employment, employees are granted 2 paid sick days per month. After the first 12 months of service, employees are granted 4 sick days per month.

Employees can accumulate sick days throughout their entire employment period. There are two categories of accumulated days:

  • Maximum of 36 accumulated days, which can be taken if the medical certificate is provided.
  • Maximum of 84 accumulated days, which can be taken only if all the days from the previous category had been consumed. 

An employee who has been employed by his employer under a continuous contract for a period of 1 month or more immediately preceding a sickness day shall be paid by his employer sickness allowance.

Jury Duty Leave, and Voting Leave

Not specified.

Bereavement Leave

There is no law that mandates a company to provide bereavement leave to its employees. 

Military Leave

Not specified by law.

Please consult your local legal counsel to learn more about Hong Kong Leave Laws.

To learn more about laws in various countries, check out our Leave Laws page.

All materials have been prepared for general information purposes only to permit you to learn more about this region's leave laws. The information presented is not legal advice, is not to be acted on as such, and may not be current. Please contact your local legal counsel to learn more about the leave laws in your country.

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