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Fiji Leave Laws & Holidays

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

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Last updated on February 13, 2024.

Paid Time Off (PTO) in Fiji

Vacation Quota (Annual Leave)

10 bussiness days

After each year of employment with an employer, an employee must be given 10 working days holiday and must be paid in respect of such holiday the wages the employee would have been paid for the time the employee would normally have worked during that period.

An employee is not entitled to the paid annual holiday in respect of any year during which the employee attended work if the employee has been absent from work for more than 20 normal working days during that year, except where the absence has been due to sickness certified by a medical practitioner, or the employee is excused from work by the employer or is prevented from attending work by any other cause acceptable to the employer.

If an employee is entitled to a paid annual holiday under this section, the employer must permit the employee to take the annual holiday in one unbroken period or, at the request of the employee, in two or more periods, one of which must be a continuous period of one week.

Carry Over

The annual leave must be taken not later than six months after the completion of the year in which it was earned.

Payment of Unused Vacation on Termination

If the employment is terminated before the leave has been taken, the employer shall pay the employee a sum equal to not less than five-sixths of a day’s wages for each completed month in the period.

Sick Leave in Fiji

10 paid days

Sick Leave

An employee who has been in continuous employment with the same employer for a period of more than 3 months is entitled to 10 working days of paid leave for each year of service.

Family Care Leave

Where an employee has completed more than 3 months of continuous service with the same employer and wishes to provide care or support to a member of the employee’s immediate family or a member of the employee’s household, the employee is entitled to paid family care leave of not less than 5 working days during each year of service.

Family care leave entitlement must not be accumulated and unused family care leave for each year automatically lapses in the next year.

For an employee to be entitled to family care leave, the employee must, as soon as reasonably practicable, notify his or her employer.

Maternity and Paternity Leave

Maternity Leave in Fiji

84 days

Female employees are entitled to up to 98 consecutive days of paid maternity leave, an increase from the previous 84 days. Maternity leave can be taken 42 days before and the rest of it after the delivery. Employees are also entitled to a daily maternity allowance of F$5.00 for the duration of the leave period, subject to the woman having being employed in the nine months prior to confinement for a period, or periods, amounting to a total of not less than 150 days.

A woman on maternity leave may not be dismissed, but if her absence exceeds a total of three months, her employer could dismiss her.

Paternity Leave in Fiji

5 days

A male employee is entitled to 5 days of paid paternity leave if his partner (spouse or de facto partner) is entitled to maternity leave or would have been entitled to such leave if she were employed. An employee is entitled to paternity leave subject to the below conditions:

  • The employee has completed more than 3 months of continuous service with the same employer;
  • The employee is or is to be a primary caregiver for his child; and
  • The employee provides a medical certificate specifying the expected date of the birth of his child.

The paternity leave can be availed at any time during the 3 months period before and after the birth of the child. The leave can be taken either in a lump sum or in shorter periods, as may be agreed between the employer and employee but the total amount of leave-in aggregate shall not be less than 5 days.

Bereavement Leave in Fiji

3 days

An employee who has been in continuous employment with the same employer for a period of more than 3 months is entitled to paid leave for a duration of 3 days in addition to any other leave entitlement. The leave cannot be accumulated and any unused leave shall lapse in the following year.

Jury Duty Leave in Fiji

There is no legal definition of jury duty leave.

Military Leave in Fiji

There is no legal definition of military leave.

Voting Leave in Fiji

There is no legal definition of voting leave.

Public Holidays in Fiji for 2024

Date Holiday
January 1 New Year
March 29 Good Friday
March 30 Easter Saturday
April 1 Easter Monday
September 7 Constitution Day
September 9 Constitution Day Holiday
September 16 Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday
October 10 Fiji Day
November 1 Diwali (The Festival of Lights)
December 25 Christmas
December 26 Boxing Day

Sources of Fiji Leave Laws

  1. Employment Relation Act 2007, https://www.laws.gov.fj/Acts/DisplayAct/2910#

  2. Rights of Woman on Maternity Leave, https://laws.gov.fj/Acts/ViewSection/82249?query=ITC%20Act%202012

Check out our Leave Laws page to learn more about laws in various countries.

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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