Paid Time Off (PTO)
A worker, working weekly for sixteen or more hours, is entitled to 21 working days paid annual leave at the rate of 7 days for each period of continuous 4 months of service on completion of 12 months of continuous service.
The time to take annual leave has to be agreed between the parties.
There are 18 public holidays. Public holidays that occur on a weekend remain on that date.
An employee who has served at least one month of continuous service is entitled to sick leave
- Two months in any one calendar year one month on full pay and one month with no pay.
- The employer may require a medical certificate from a qualified medical practitioner before granting sick leave or at the earliest opportunity but the sick must be supported a sick off certificate issued by a qualified medical doctor.
- For the first month’s absence from work he or she is entitled to full wages and every other benefit for the first month and nil salary and benefits in the second month.
- If at the expiration of the first month the sickness of the employee still continues, the employer is entitled to terminate the contract of service on complying with all the terms of the contract of service
A female employee who has a valid contract of service is entitled to maternity leave. The law does not provide a minimum period of service to qualify for maternity leave.
The female employee Shall have the right to a period of sixty working days leave from work of which at least four weeks shall follow the childbirth or miscarriage. A female employee shall be entitled to full pay during maternity leave.
Private sector employees are not entitled to receive paternity leave.