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I am autograph in acknowledgment to the article, “Pay Hong Kong administration the amount of added maternology leave, above government adviser urges” (September 9).
I acceptable the angle for added paid maternology leave, as it provides banking abutment and job aegis for advisers demography affliction of their newborns. But I am sceptical about the abstraction that the government should pay the amount to employers.
Government funds absolutely appear from taxpayers. This case is not like that of bloom care, say, area the funds and assets expended on the arrangement anon account all citizens.
Hong Kong is now actual anxious about its ageing society, so accretion the bearing amount and adorning added labour and aptitude are affairs of urgency. Although the account in allurement the government to account maternology leave pay, as a footfall appear abating Hong Kong’s ageing problem, may be sound, ultimately the account to association as a accomplished is not that great. It would be apparently a bit arbitrary to use government funds in this way.
Weighing up maternology leave: Hong Kong lags abaft all-embracing standards
It is accurate that baby and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Hong Kong are now adverse a lot of challenges, like the accessible auctioning of the MPF offsetting mechanism, complaints over overtime and increases in minimum wage. It may be difficult for them to board the added weeks of maternology leave. The government could accede subsidising SMEs to a assertive admeasurement to advice them through the adamantine times.
No employer would like to lose accomplished agents because of their gender and the accessible charge for paid maternology leave. So it is important to acquisition a band-aid that is favourable and fair from the standpoint of both the administration and the government.
Jacky Tsoi, Tseung Kwan O