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Zimbabwe Leave Laws & Holidays

Paid Time Off, Annual Leave, Sick Leave, Maternity Leave, Paternity Leave, Bereavement Leave, Jury Duty Leave, Military Leave, and Voting Leave

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Last updated on January 17, 2024.

Public Holidays in Zimbabwe for 2024

Date Holiday
January 1 New Year
February 21 Robert Mugabe National Youth Day
March 29 Good Friday
March 30 to April 1 Easter
April 18 Independence Day
May 1 Labour Day
May 25 Africa Day
August 12 Heroes’ Day
August 13 Defense Forces Day
December 22&23 National Unity Day
December 25 Christmas
December 26 Boxing Day

Weekends and public holidays are counted as part of your vacation leave days.

An employee shall be granted leave of absence during every public holiday and shall be paid her/his current remuneration for that day if it occurs on a day on which he or she would otherwise have been required to work.

Where an employee consents to work on a public holiday he or she shall be paid not less than twice their current remuneration for that day whether that day is one on which they would otherwise have been required to work.

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An employee can start accruing leave days after having worked for an employer for one year and above. For each year served, an employee is given one month or 30 days leave.

For an employee to go on paid leave he or she should first accrue the days. The employee is allowed to accrue up to a maximum of 90 days before he or she goes for leave, but that should be by the employees’ choice.

An employee can also be allowed to go on leave even when he or she does not have leave days accrued but that leave will not be paid for, it would be leave without pay.

Maternity Leave, Paternity Leave, Parental Leave

Employees need at least one year of service to qualify for paid maternity leave. Such leave may only be granted upon the production of a medical certificate. It may only be granted three times for the same employer and only once during a 24 month period calculated from the day previous leave was granted.

Employees are entitled to up at least 21 days before confinement. The total duration of paid maternity leave is up to 98 days.

Unpaid maternity leave extending the normal duration of paid leave may be granted upon request.

Sick Leave, Paid Sick Leave, and Family Care Leave

During any one-year period of service, an employee, upon request and supported by a certificate signed by a registered medical practitioner, shall be granted up to 90 days of sick leave on full pay.

If during one year period of service, the employee has used up the maximum period of sick leave on full pay, an employer shall, at the request of the employee supported by a certificate signed by a registered medical practitioner, grant a further period of up to 90 days sick leave on half-pay.

Jury Duty Leave and Voting Leave (Leave due to Public Interest)

Employees are entitled to up to 12 days of paid leave in order to attend court in Zimbabwe as a witness.

Bereavement Leave

Employees are entitled to up to 12 days of paid leave due to a death of a spouse, parent, child or legal dependent or any justifiable compassionate ground.

Military Leave

Not Specified by law.

Please consult your local legal counsel to learn more about Zimbabwe Leave Laws.

To learn more about laws in various countries, check out our Leave Laws page.

All materials have been prepared for general information purposes only to permit you to learn more about this region's leave laws. The information presented is not legal advice, is not to be acted on as such, and may not be current. Please contact your local legal counsel to learn more about the leave laws in your country.

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