Paid Time Off (PTO)
Employee’s annual leave entitlement in a given year is determined by the number of days worked. Employees are entitled to 20 to 24 days of annual leave, depending on their working regime (i.e., For a 5-day week, the entitlement would be 20 days paid annual leave and for a 6-day week 24 days).
Employees are entitled to remuneration for ten official public holidays. If a public holiday falls on a Sunday or on a day the employee does not usually work, the employer must grant a replacement rest day.
There are 10 public holidays. An extra holiday may be applicable according to the Joint Labour Committee.
The duration of sick leave entitlement provided to workers is dependent on how long they have been employed by their employer:
- For the first 30 days of sick leave, the employer must pay the employee’s full salary.
- The employee is required to provide a medical certificate upon the employer’s request.
- After the first 30 days of sickness, the Health Insurance Fund pays for the remainder of the sick leave.
Maternity leave is 15 weeks long and is broken down into 2 stages:
- Prenatal leave: The woman must take a minimum of 1 week before the expected due date and can take up to a maximum of 6 weeks of leave before the due date.
- Postnatal leave: A mandatory 9 weeks which starts from the date of the birth of the child.
For multiple births, the mother is entitled to an additional 2 weeks of maternity leave.
The Health Insurance Fund pays for the maternity leave as follows:
- 82% of the salary for the first 30 days of the leave
- 75% of the salary (capped at 106.9, EUR per day) from the 31st day onwards.
The father is entitled to 15 days of paid paternity leave. The 15 days can be taken separately or in a row as well as split up to up to 30 half-days.
The first 3 days of the leave are paid by the employer and the remaining leave is paid by the Health Insurance Fund at a rate of 82% of the regular pay.