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Dominican Republic 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 Dominican Republic for 2024

Date Holiday
January 1 New Year
January 6 Epiphany
January 21 Lady of Altagracia Day
January 29 Duarte Day
February 27 Independence Day
March 29 Good Friday
April 29 Labour Day
May 30 Corpus Christi
August 16 Restoration Day
September 24 Our Lady of Mercedes Day
November 4 Constitution Day
December 25 Christmas

An employer is required to observe public holidays, and if an employee works on these days, the salary must be paid double the usual rate.


Employees are entitled to a period of paid vacation annual leave. Employers must grant their employees a minimum of 14 working days of paid vacation per year. Employees acquire the right to take a vacation after being employed, continuously, for one year. After five years on the job, the employer must increase the paid leave to 18 working days. 

Vacations cannot be fractioned for periods shorter than a week. The salary for the vacation period must be paid by the employer on the day prior to the beginning of a vacation.

Rollovers and payout of unused hours

  • Use-it-or-lose-it policy

Not specified by law.

  • PTO payout at the termination

Vacation cannot be replaced with additional payment or any other form of compensation.

Maternity Leave, Paternity Leave, Parental Leave

Maternity Leave

Regarding maternity leave, female employees are entitled to paid leave during

the seven weeks preceding the probable date of delivery, as well as the seven weeks that follow. Female employees also have the right to three rest periods of 20 minutes each, per working day, to breastfeed their children.

Paternity Leave

Employees are entitled to up to two days of paid paternity leave.

Sick Leave, Paid Sick Leave, and Family Care Leave

Employees generally use their vacation time as sick time as employees are not entitled to separate sick pay. Extended sick time is covered by the government, and does not include payment 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 3 days of paid leave due to the death of a grandparent, parent, child or spouse.

Military Leave

Not Specified by law.

Please consult your local legal counsel to learn more about Dominican Republic 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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