Annual Leave and Holidays

Paid Vacation / Annual Leave

Workers are entitled to paid annual leave of at least 1.25 days for every month of month. In total, this translates to 15 working days of annual leave. Annual leave does not increase with the length of employment with the employer.

Of the total 15 working days' leave earned in respect of a period of 12 months, at least eight working days have to be taken no later than six months immediately after the end of the period in respect of which the leave was earned. Remaining leave can be accumulated year by year but is not to be accumulated for longer than three years immediately after the end of the period in respect of which leave was first accumulated. At the end of that three years' period, all the accumulated leave together with all the leave earned in respect of the immediately preceding period of 12 months must be taken.

Payment in lieu of annual leave is possible. Where a contract of employment is terminated by either party to the contract, the employer is to pay to the employee his basic pay in respect of any period of leave accumulated or which has otherwise accrued to him but has not been granted before the termination of the contract of employment, and leave in respect of every month or part of a month of continuous employment after he last became entitled to leave.

Source: § 98 of the Employment Act, 2010

Pay on Public Holidays

Workers are entitled to fully paid festival (public and religious) holidays. These include memorial holidays and religious holidays (Christian origin). There are a total of eight public holidays. These are New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, 1st May, President's Day, Day following President's Day, Botswana Day, Christmas Day. However, for the mining industry, only Christmas Day, Good Friday and Botswana Day are to be public holidays.

Source: §99 and the Second Schedule of the Employment Act, 2010; §2 of the Public Holidays Act, 2006

Weekly Rest Days

Workers are entitled to a rest period of at least 24 consecutive hours in any period of 7 consecutive days. This period is ordinarily a Sunday or includes a Sunday. Where the employee is engaged on shift work, he is to be granted a rest period comprising any period of 30 consecutive hours.

Source: § 93 & s.95 of the Employment Act, 2010