Paid Time Off (PTO)
In Gambia, annual leave is paid at 100% of the employee’s normal wages.
If a public holiday lands during a time when an employee is taking annual leave, the employee is entitled to an additional days’ pay to compensate.
An employee’s annual leave is determined by what the employee and employer agree to in their employment contract.
An employee gets a paid leave for every public holiday. If the public holiday falls during a weekend or annual leaves, the company pays extra as compensation.
There are 14 public holidays.
Sick leave is determined by an employee’s employment contract or a collective bargaining agreement. The rate at which sick leave is paid is also determined by the employment contract.
The only criterion for maternity leave is that the employee must have worked under the same employer for two years.
A female employee is eligible for paid maternity leave for 12 weeks. Six weeks can be taken before the birth of the child and the remaining can be utilized after the birth.
The employer pays 100% of the employee’s salary during maternity leave.
There are no provisions in the Gambian law regarding paternity leave.