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Dominica 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 Dominica for 2024

Date Holiday
January 1 New Year
February 12 & 13 Carnival
March 29 Good Friday
April 1 Easter Monday
May 6 Labour Day
May 20 Whit Monday
August 5 Emancipation Day
November 3 Independence Day
November 4 Community Service Day
December 25 Christmas
December 26 Boxing Day


Every employee is entitled to and will be granted vacation leave with pay from his employer after and in respect of each year of employment of at least two weeks where the employee has been continuously employed by the employer for less than five years, and of at least three weeks where the employee has been continuously employed by the employer for five years or more.

Vacation should not begin later than ten months following the completion of the year of employment in respect of which the employee became entitled to the vacation leave.

  • PTO payout at the termination

Where the employment of an employee by an employer is terminated for any reason, the employer is required to pay to the employee the amount of pay due to him in respect of any unused vacation leave to which the employee is entitled in respect of any prior completed year of employment.

Maternity Leave, Paternity Leave, Parental Leave

Every female employee who has completed twelve months of continuous employment by an employer and who is pregnant is entitled to and shall be granted maternity leave. Employees are entitled to a period before the estimated date of confinement to be specified by the employee, but not less than three weeks; and a period not exceeding nine weeks commencing on the actual date of confinement.

Any employee who takes maternity leave is entitled to be paid by her employer a weekly wage that is not less than one half of her normal weekly wage for a period of four weeks following the date on which her maternity leave commences, whichever is the lesser period.

Sick Leave, Paid Sick Leave, and Family Care Leave

Sick leave is paid at the rate of 60% of the Claimant’s Average Weekly Insurable Earnings for a maximum period of 6 months of medically certified illness.

 Employees are not entitled to receive payment for the first three days of illness. If the illness is for more than three days except where the employee has been hospitalized when payment shall commence from the first day of illness.

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

Not specified by law.

Bereavement Leave

Employees are entitled to up to 2 days of paid leave in the case of death in the immediate family, including father, mother, sister, brother, husband, wife, children, and relatives in the immediate household, and on application by the employee.

Military Leave

Not Specified by law.

Please consult your local legal counsel to learn more about Dominica 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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