Paid Time Off (PTO)
Employees are entitled to a rate of 30 days or one-month leave after a continuous employment period of one year. Weekends and public holidays are counted as part of the vacation leave days.
There are 17 public holidays.
Sick leave is only granted by a duly registered medical practitioner.
An employee may enjoy 90 days of sick leave in a year on full pay (before the employer can consider medical termination)
If the employee has exhausted the 90 days of sick leave in any one-year period of service, they may request a further 90 days of sick leave at half pay. Again the request needs to be accompanied by a signed certificate from a registered medical practitioner.
During any one-year period of service, if the sick leave exceeds 90 days of full pay and 180 days of full and half pay, the employer may terminate the employment of the employee concerned.
Female employees are protected under law and are entitled to 98 working days’ leave on full earnings. (There is a compulsory entitlement of 21 days before confinement included in the 98 days.)
A female employee may proceed on maternity leave not earlier than the forty-fifth day and not later than the twenty-first day prior to the expected date of delivery.
There is no paternity leave.