Paid Time Off (PTO)
If an employee has been employed for at least 1 year, they are entitled to 15 days of paid annual leave. Annual leave is calculated from December 12-December 12. Unused vacation days cannot be paid out, the employee must enjoy all of their vacation days within the year.
There are 11 public holidays in El Salvador.
The amount of pay and leave depends on the total time an employee has worked for the employer.
- 1 year or more – 75% of the basic salary for 60 days
- 5 months but less than a year – 75% of the basic salary for 40 days
- 1 month but less than 5 months – 75% of the basic salary for 20 days
In El Salvador, a woman is entitled to a total of 16 weeks of paid maternity leave at the rate of 75% and is paid by social security. 6 of the weeks can be taken before the expected due date and 10 weeks after the birth of the child.
If the mother becomes temporarily disabled due to the pregnancy, she may be entitled to 100% of the regular pay. This is granted by social security to those who paid their contributions.
In addition, if the woman experience complications during the pregnancy, the woman may be entitled to additional rest. After the 4th month of pregnancy, the woman cannot be assigned to physical work.
Lastly, the woman must present medical documentation to their employer stating their pregnancy status and expected due date.
Fathers receive 3 days of paternity leave paid at 100% of the regular pay and can be used within the first 15 days of the birth of the child.