Paid Time Off (PTO)
In Kosovo, employees benefit from 4 weeks of annual leave irrespective of whether they are full-time or part-time.
The employer schedules leave but is required to take the employees’ preferences into account.
The employee requests leave a minimum of 15 days in advance and the employer provides a decision no later than five days before the first day of the requested leave.
There are 11 public holidays.
Employees in Kosovo are entitled to 20 days of paid sick leave per year at full salary, paid by the employer.
The employee must notify the employer of their intent to take sick leave as soon as possible, and the employer may require a medical certificate if the employee misses more than three days of work.
Female employees are entitled to:
- 12 months of maternity leave, of which a minimum of 28 days (up to 45) need to be taken before birth; and
- For the first 6 months, the employer pays 70% of the basic salary, whereas the following months’ pay is provided by the government.
The final three months of maternity leave, if the mother chooses to take them, are unpaid. The mother may also transfer her right to maternity leave after the first six months to the father.
The father in Kosovo is entitled to three days of paid leave for the birth or adoption of his child and two weeks of unpaid leave, which he is entitled to take at any time before the child turns three years old.