In Macau, casino operator Galaxy Entertainment Group Limited has reportedly announced that eligible employees are due to receive a pay increase from the first day of April that could be equivalent to up to 8% of their annual salaries.

According to a Tuesday report from GGRAsia, Hong Kong-listed Galaxy Entertainment Group Limited awarded some staff members with a discretionary one-month bonus earlier this month and has now followed this up with a pay raise that will see those earning up to $36,000 annually take home an additional $74 every month.

Galaxy Entertainment Group Limited reportedly also explained that employees earning above this $3,000 monthly threshold will benefit from a 2.5% annual salary increase while workers who join its ranks after April 1 are to be entitled to the pay increase ‘after completion of probation and 90 days of service’.

“Over 70% [of] team members will enjoy higher than a 2.5% salary increase,” reportedly read a Tuesday statement from Galaxy Entertainment Group Limited.

Responsible for the giant Galaxy Macau, StarWorld Macau and Broadway Casino properties in Macau, Galaxy Entertainment Group Limited moreover reportedly declared that it intends to implement paid paternity leave from April 1 in order ‘to address the needs of its team members’. The new policy will purportedly mean that male members of staff with at least one year of service will be able to take five consecutive days off within 30 days of the birth of a child.

GGRAsia reported that the new policy from Galaxy Entertainment Group Limited means that it will become the second Macau casino operator after rival Sands China Limited to offer paid paternity leave while local law stipulates that workers may take up to two days non-paid leave in order to look after a new child.