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Slovenia Leave Laws & Holidays

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

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Paid Time Off Policy in Slovenia

Last updated on January 2, 2024.

Vacation Leave Quota

20 days

Employees in Slovenia are eligible for at least 20 days of paid vacation. This entitlement proportionally applies to both full-time and part-time employees. Collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) sometimes provide more vacation days.

Three additional days of vacation are for:

  • a caretaker for a disabled child

  • employees who are disabled

  • employees 55+ years

One additional day is for:

  • a parent with a child under 15 years old

Employees are eligible for vacation leave after 6 months of work at the company.

A national vacation policy in Slovenia of a minimum of 20 days is identical to most countries in that region: Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Hungary. When it comes to leave laws in Europe, the best PTO policy guarantees the UK and France.

Carry Over

Allowed; up to June 30 of the following year.

Employees are generally required to take at least 2 weeks of vacation in the given year. The rest of the unused days may be taken in the following year, until June 30.

Sick Leave in Slovenia


Employees in Slovenia are eligible for sick leave without a definite limit. During this leave, first the employer and then the government pay a part of the salary (usually 80%) to an employee. Only employees who suffer any personal injury or disease resulting from an occupational accident are entitled to full wages during their sick leave.

An employee must inform their employer about the illness as soon as practicable and bring/send an official medical certificate.


Sick leave is paid in the following manner:

  • The first 30 days are paid by the employer;

  • After 30 days, employees get financial help from social security (or government health insurance).

Maternity, Paternity, and Parental Leave

Maternity Leave in Slovenia

105 days

A pregnant employee in Slovenia may take maternity leave for 105 days.

Leave may begin 28 days before the expected delivery date. However, a pregnant employee must take at least 15 of these days.

After the end of maternity leave, a mother can take up to 130 days of parental leave.


The government pays for maternity leave.

Paternity Leave in Slovenia

30 days

An employee in Slovenia who has become a father is eligible for 30 days of paid paternity leave. A father can also take a parental leave.


The government pays for paternity leave.

Parental Leave in Slovenia

130 days

Both parents in Slovenia are entitled to 130 days of parental leave, which makes an overall total of 260 days. The mother may relocate part of their leave to the father, and vice versa.

Bereavement Leave in Slovenia

7 days

Workers in Slovenia are entitled to special paid leave, up to 7 days for:

  • a death in the family

  • a wedding

  • a childbirth.

Jury Duty Leave in Slovenia

Jury duty leave is not specified by law.

Military Leave in Slovenia

Military leave is not specified by law.

Voting Leave in Slovenia

Voting leave is not specified by law.

Public Holidays in Slovenia in 2024

13 public holidays

There are 13 official national holidays, which last 15 days (the celebration of New Year’s Day and International Workers’ Day are each 2 days long).

A complete list of official holidays celebrated in Slovenia:
Date Holiday
January 1 & 2 New Year
February 8 Prešeren Day
March 31 & April 1 Easter
April 27 Resistance Day
May 1&2 Spring Day
May 19 Whit Sunday
Jun 25 National Day
August 15 Assumption Day
October 31 Reformation Day
November 1 All Saints’ Day
December 25 Christmas
December 26 Independence and Unity Day

Unlike the practice of shifting holidays when they fall on weekends, in Slovenia, these holidays are typically lost.


  1. Local Laws & Regulations, https://www.atlashxm.com/en/countries/slovenia

  2. Payroll and Benefits Guide Slovenia, https://www.papayaglobal.com/countrypedia/country/slovenia

  3. Definitive Guide to Hiring in Slovenia, https://www.globalexpansion.com/countrypedia/Slovenia

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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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