Paid Time Off (PTO)
Employees paid daily receive one day of paid leave for every 20 days worked. Employees paid hourly receive one paid day of leave for every 160 hours worked.
Employees paid on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis receive one day of paid leave for each month of service. Additionally, there are 5 public holidays.
There are 15 public holidays.
Sick leave in Guyana includes complex rules on the duration of the leave. Eligible employees in Guyana receive 70% of their average wage after the third day of illness for up to 26 weeks.
Payment for sick leave is made by the National Insurance Scheme after the 3rd day of illness.
To qualify, employees need to have been employed immediately prior to becoming sick, have made at least 50 contributions and eight contributions in the 13 weeks before becoming ill.
Female employees receive 13 weeks of paid leave, starting 6 weeks before birth. In exceptional cases, employees are entitled to further 13 weeks.
If a female employee or her spouse makes at least 15 and seven contributions in the 26 weeks leading up to her maternity leave, she is eligible for maternity benefits.
There is no statutory paternity leave.