Paid Time Off (PTO)
A full-time employee is entitled to 20 days of paid annual leave per year if employed with the same employer for less than ten years.
An employee is entitled to 26 days of paid annual leave once they have been in the same employment for more than ten years.
Unused annual leave days can be transferred to the following year but must be taken by September 30 of the following year. It is forbidden to pay employees for not taking their leave, except upon termination of employment.
13 public holidays.
Sick leave pay varies based:
- For employees that are 50 years of age or less – up to 33 days in a calendar year paid by the employer
- From the 34th day onward, sick leave is paid by the Social Security Office (ZUS)
- For employees that are 50 years of age or above – up to 14 days in a calendar year paid by the employer
- From the 15th day onward, sick leave is paid by the Social Security Office (ZUS)
- Sick leave is paid at 80% of the allowance basis or 100% of the allowance basis if the illness occurs during pregnancy or if it was caused by the accident on the way to or from work.
- Sick leave caused by the accident at work or due to the employee’s sick child or another sick relative is financed by ZUS.
Mothers are entitled to 20 weeks of maternity leave and can take up to 6 weeks prior to giving birth. Mothers are entitled to maternity leave regardless of the length of service with the current employer.
In addition, parents are entitled to 32 weeks of parental leave that can be granted to any of the parents. The leaves are at a rate of 100% for the first 26 weeks and at a 60%rate for the remaining weeks paid by the Social Security Institution (ZUS).
Employees that use both maternity leave and parental leave will receive an 80% allowance for the entire leave.
Parents are entitled to 36 months of unpaid leave until the child reaches the age of 6.