From May 1 this year, Macau casino operator Wynn Macau Ltd (1128:Hong Kong) will put into effect an improved package of maternity and paternity benefits which will be applicable to eligible employees of the firm who are new mothers or new fathers.

GGRAsia reports that the Hong Kong-listed operator and subsidiary of Las Vegas-based Wynn Resorts Limited announced Tuesday that the current 56-day paid maternity leave for Wynn employees will be increased to 70 days for those female employees who “have completed one year of continuous service as of the date of confinement”. The term “confinement” defined as the condition of being in childbirth.

For male employees of Wynn Macau Ltd who have “have completed one year of continuous service,” the duration of paid paternity leave will increase by five days, going from two days to seven days, according to the casino company. Applicable to all eligible male employees, the aforementioned leave can either be taken at the time the employee’s child is born or within 30 days of.

The existing labor law in Macau reportedly states that female workers are entitled to a total of 56 days of paid maternity leave, while male workers may take two days of unpaid leave from employment due to paternity.

The announcement by Wynn Macau Ltd is on the heels of a similar announcement by Macau market rival Sands China Ltd, subsidiary of American casino giant Las Vegas Sands Corporation, which on February 12 informed that effective from February 16, a paid paternity leave policy would be implemented for eligible employees.

Also announcing similar implementations, on February 27, Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd said that beginning on April 1, a paid paternity leave policy would be in effect.

Under the latest policies, male employees of both Galaxy Entertainment and Sands China are reportedly entitled to five uninterrupted days of paid paternity leave.

In early February, the operator responsible for the Wynn Macau situated in the city center, along with Wynn Palace, which is located on the Cotai Strip, announced that with the exception of senior management, effective March 1 all eligible employees of the firm, nearly 98% of its workforce of 13,100, would receive a salary increase.