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Macau offers a business environment with very distinct characteristics. This Special Administrative Region of the People’s republic of China has gained its fame through being the gambling capital of the east. Although many comparisons have been drawn to Las Vegas, the amount of money spent in Macau is almost 3 times higher than that spent in Vegas.
Furthermore, the business friendly environment, geographical position and ease of doing business attracts many investors from all over the world. While there are a large number of foreign investors in Macau, there are regulations which limit the scope of activities investors can participate in.
The following days are official public holidays celebrated in Macau:
The standard working hours in Macau is 8 hours a day or 48 hours a week, which translates to 6 working days a week. Generally, around 60% of employees work 6-day work weeks, especially those in the hotel, gambling and restaurant industries.
Depending on the industry and the type of work, an employer may request that an employee works overtime (a maximum of 12 hours in 1 work day), however it is necessary for an employee to consent. If an employer does consent to working overtime, an employer is required to provide the employee with additional rest time.
Generally, an employee’s consent is required if an employer wants that employee to work overtime, however there are special circumstances in which the employee’s consent is not required, such as:
If an employee is forced to work overtime, the rate should be the employee’s normal salary with an increase of 50%.
With regards to rest time during working hours, an employer is required to provide an employee with 30 minutes of rest after the employee has worked for a continuous period of 5 hours. An employer cannot force an employee to work more than 5 hours without taking a break.
In terms of rest days, employees are entitled to at least 1 rest day per week. An employer is not able to force an employee to work for more than 6 days without taking an obligatory rest day.
An employee can be forced to work on their rest day (in the same circumstances mentioned under overtime work), however if they are required to do so he/she will be entitled to an additional rest day, which should be designated within 30 days following the performance of the work. The employee is also entitled to full compensation for that day of work.
In terms of statutory holidays, an employee is entitled to take the statutory holiday day as a leave day without a reduction in pay.
According to Macau’s labor regulations employees are entitled to a minimum of 6 working days of paid annual leave in their subsequent year of service. If an employee’s service is more than 3 months, but less than 1 year, the employee is entitled to half a day of leave for every month of service that has been served.
Annual is to be taken during the calendar year in which it is due and can be accumulated for up to 2 years, only through agreement between both parties.
The period taken for annual leave shall be agreed between the parties and in the case that the parties cannot reach agreement, the annual leave can be determined by the employer, according to the needs of the business. An employee’s annual leave cannot be affected by justified absences.
If an employer prevents an employee of exercising their right to annual leave, the employee will be entitled to 3 times the amount of basic remuneration for the period of annual leave not taken.
Female employees are entitled to at least 56 days of maternity leave for the purpose of childbirth. Of the 56 days, 49 are required to be taken immediately after confinement and the rest can be taken at the discretion of the employee. If an employee wishes to take a part of the maternity leave before the confinement period, she must notify the employer at least 5 days in advance.
An employee is required to provide an employer with notice for the confinement period as soon as reasonably possible. The employee is also required to provide proof by means of a medical certificate from a licensed medical doctor.
Absence from work due to sickness or injury is subject to a maximum period of 30 consecutive days or 45 non-consecutive days per calendar year. An employee who has completed probation is entitled to 6 days of fully paid leave for sickness or injury each year.
A labor contract may be terminated in one of the following ways:
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