Annual Leave and Holidays

Paid Vacation / Annual Leave

Employees are entitled to paid annual leave for every year of service. The paid annual leave is: 20 days for one to three years of continuous service; 25 days for eight to (less than) fifteen years of continuous service; and 30 days for 15 or more years of service with the employer.

 

The timing of annual leave is decided while considering the requirements of the enterprise and includes official holidays and vacation. If the employment of a worker is terminated for any reason or in case of resignation by the worker, worker is entitled to compensation for all days of annual leave or proportionate part thereof if he was entitled to the annual leave but was not yet granted. The worker with the consent of the employer may postpone the annual leave for one year or he/she may divide it between the year in which it was due and the following year. However, it cannot be delayed more than one year and during the next year, the worker is entitled to his annual leave plus the postponed leave of the previous years.

 

Sources: §45 of Labour Bill, 2011

Pay on Public Holidays

During the official occasions and holidays, workers are entitled to leave with full pay, except the daily workers who are entitle to leave after completion of three months of continuous service.

Workers are entitled to paid Festival (public and religious) holidays. Festival holidays are announced by the Government. During the official occasions and holidays, workers are entitled to leave with full pay, except the daily workers who are entitle to leave after completion of three months of continuous service.

These are New Year’s Day (January 01), Good Friday, Easter Monday, Labor Day (May 01), SPLA Day (May 16), Independence Day (July 09), Martyrs' Day (July 29), Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan: 2 days), Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice: one day), Christmas Eve (December 24), and Christmas Day (December 25).

Sources: §46(3) of Labour Bill, 2011

Weekly Rest Days

There is no clear provision in the Labour Bill 2011 on the weekly periods of rest. Labour law does prohibit employment of young persons on weekly rest day but it does not specify the day on which the weekly rest is to be taken.

Sources: §23(7) of Labour Bill, 2011

Regulations on Annual Leave and Holidays

  • Labour Code, 1997
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