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Argentina 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 18, 2024.

Public Holidays in Argentina for 2024

Date Holiday
January 1 New Year
February 12 & 13 Carnival (Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday)
March 24 Truth and Justice Memorial Day
March 29 Good Friday
April 2 Malvinas Day (Veterans Day)
May 1 International Worker’s Day
May 25 May Day Revolution (Bridge Day)
Jun 17 Martín Miguel de Güemes’ Day
Jun 20 Flag Day
Jul 9 Independence Day
August 19 San Martin’s Day (Third Monday in August)
October 14 Day of Respect for Cultural Diversity
November 18 National Sovereignty Day
December 8 Immaculate Conception
December 25 Christmas

Employers are required to observe official public holidays, and employees who work on holidays must receive double wages.

Paid Time Off

PTO (Paid Time Off)

  • Vacation/Annual Paid Leave

Employees are entitled to paid annual leave. Paid leave is granted to employees who have completed at least six months of service with the same employer over a period of twelve calendar months. Annual leave is compulsory and the employer must grant them between October 1 and April 30 as follows:

  • up to 5 years of service – 14 calendar days.

  • between 5 and 10 years of service – 21 calendar days.

  • between 10 and 20 years of service – 28 calendar days.

  • over 20 years of service – 35 calendar days.

  • Rollovers and payout of unused hours

  • Use-it-or-lose-it policy 

By agreement, an employee may carry over up to 1/3rd of the annual leave entitlement from one calendar year to the next. Any unused leave in excess of this is forfeited at the end of the year.

  • PTO payout at the termination

The employer must pay the employee’s salary in full for the month when the termination occurs.

Maternity Leave, Child Raising Leave, Parental Leave

Maternity Leave

Female employees are entitled to up to 90 days of maternity leave. The leave is usually taken 45 days before giving birth and 45 days afterwards. Employees can also choose to take 30 days before and 60 days after giving birth. Leave is paid by the social security system as a family allowance.

Female employees can request additional unpaid leave between three and six months.

A female employee is entitled to two daily breaks, of thirty minutes each, to breastfeed her child. This entitlement lasts for one year after childbirth, but it may be extended upon submission of a medical certificate.

In case of dismissal of pregnant or married employees or sick employees, among other cases, additional severance compensation is payable.

Paternity Leave

Male employees are entitled to 2 days of paid leave after the baby is born. 

Sick Leave

Sick Leave

Employees are entitled to sick leave with full pay for a period of up to three months per year, if they have been employed for 5 years or less. And for a period of up to six months if they have been employed for more than 5 years. If the employee has family charges, these entitlements are extended respectively to 6 and 12 months. The employee is also entitled to sick leave without pay for additional period of 12 months, during which the employer is obliged to maintain the employment relationship.

Sick Leave related to Work

In the event of sickness leave or injury related to work, the employer must pay the employee’s salary for the first fifteen days. After the fifteenth day, the working insurance company will pay the sick leave to the employee.

Jury Duty Leave, and Voting Leave

An employee who is called to give testimony before the court is entitled to paid leave. Those who are elected to sit on a representative body are entitled to leave without payment. The period of leave considered working time for seniority purposes.

Bereavement Leave

Employees are entitled to take a paid special leave up to 3 days due to a death of a relative, meaning spouse, child or a parent, and 1 day due to a death of a sibling.

Military Leave

An employee who has to render compulsory military service shall be provided paid leave from the date of convocation and up to 30 days after the service has been concluded. Employers can however claim reimbursement from the government authorities.

Please consult your local legal counsel to learn more about Argentina 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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