Paid Time Off (PTO)
Employees choose when to take their vacation, but they must take 14 consecutive days. Employees receive two working days of leave per month after a year of service.
After 20 years of service, employees receive an extra two days of vacation each year. After 25 years, they receive a further four days of vacation and after 30 years of employment, they receive an extra six days of vacation.
There are 16 public holidays.
In Benin, Employees’ contracts are protected while they are unwell, but they can be dismissed if they are declared unfit for work after their sick leave ends.
Employees receive one month of sick leave with less than a year of service. Those with tuberculosis, mental illnesses, AIDS, cancer, central nervous system diseases and leprosy receive six months of fully paid leave after one year of service.
Sick leave is paid in Benin depending on the term of an employee’s service in a company.
- More than 12 months of service: One month of paid leave
- 1 - 5 years of service: Three months paid leave and three months of half paid leave
- More than 5 years of service: Six months paid leave
Female employee would be entitled to:
- 6 weeks before the expected delivery date;
- 8 weeks after that. If a woman experiences any postpartum complication; and
- maternity leave can be extended by 4 weeks.
The employee is eligible to receive free healthcare and required benefits in kind during this period.
The employer must pay her normal wage during maternity leave. Social Security Funds will work with the employer to manage this financial expense of the company.
In Benin, male employee has 3 days leave.