Paid Time Off (PTO)
20 days is the minimum holiday guaranteed by law per year, pro-rated with the worked period. The vacation days must be taken within the work year. If the employee for justified reasons cannot take all or part of the annual leave in that calendar year the Employer is obliged to grant the annual leave not taken, within a period of 18 months from the year following the one when the entitlement to vacation leave arose.
There are 15 public holidays.
Sick leave is paid only if the employee has a minimum contributory period to the Health House for the prior six months, based on a medical certificate issued by a physician.
The employee must inform the employer of his condition within 24 hours from the moment the medical certificate was issued. If the sickness occurred on the non-working days, the employee must announce the Employer about his condition on the first working day.
The first 5 calendar days are paid by the Employer. From the 6th day, the medical allowance is supported by the National Health Fund. In practice, the Employer is paying also the amount supported by the National Health Fund and then requests the reimbursement of the amount from the Health House.
The payment percentage in case of the sick leave allowance is ranging between 75% and 100% of the calculation base (average of the employees’ monthly gross wages during his last 6 months prior to the month the medical leave is granted).
The maternity leave is 126 calendar days (usually 63 days before + 63 days after the birth of the child). It represents 85% of the calculation base (average of the employee’s monthly gross wages during her last 6 months prior to the month the maternity leave started). The maternity leave is granted based on the medical certificate issued by the physician.
The maternity allowance is granted by the National Health Fund (in practice the Employer pays the maternity leave and afterward he requests the reimbursement of the amount from the Health House).
Fathers are entitled to 5 days of paid paternity leave and can be used until the child reaches the age of 8 weeks. If the father chooses to participate in childcare courses, leave can be extended for an additional 10 days. This extension can only be used once and on the birth of the first child.