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Trinidad and Tobago 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 Trinidad and Tobago for 2024
Date Holiday
January 1 New Year
March 29 Good Friday
March 30 Spiritual Baptist Liberation Day
April 1 Easter Monday
April 10 Eid ul-Fitr
May 30 Corpus Christi
May 30 Indian Arrival Day
Jun 19 Labour Day
August 1 Emancipation Day
August 31 Independence Day
September 24 Republic Day
October 31 Divali
December 25 Christmas
December 26 Boxing Day


  • Vacation/Annual Paid Leave

There are no statutory leave provisions that apply to workers in general in Trinidad and Tobago. State employees have leave entitlements set out in legislation which deals with each Service. This includes paid vacation leave.

In the private sector employers and unions may agree on leave entitlements that become part of a registered collective agreement that is binding on both employer and employees. Where no collective agreement exists for paid public holidays, vacation is at the discretion of the employer.

  • Use-it-or-lose-it policy 

Not specified by law.

  • PTO payout at the termination

Not specified by law.

Maternity Leave and Stillbirth Leave

Maternity Leave

Under the MPA (Maternity Protection Act) female employees are entitled to thirteen (13) weeks maternity leave (six weeks prior to confinement, 7 weeks after) and one month’s pay during such leave. An employee on maternity leave shall have the right to return to work. To qualify for maternity leave, employees must have worked for an employer for no less than 12 months. The employee shall also submit a medical certificate stating the probable date of confinement, as well as a written expression of her intent to return to work after maternity leave.

Stillbirth Leave 

An employee whose child dies during the period of leave is entitled to the remaining period of leave with pay. Where an employee has not as yet proceeded on maternity leave and has a premature birth where the child dies either at birth or thirteen (13) weeks after, she is still entitled to her full or remaining period of leave with pay. Under the MPA employees are also allowed time off with pay for the purpose of receiving prenatal medical care. 

Sick Leave

Sick Leave

There are no statutory requirements that fix an employee’s entitlement to paid illness leave. This benefit is usually provided for in the contract of employment or collective agreement.

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

Not specified by law.

Bereavement Leave

Employees are entitled to up to three working days of bereavement leave where the death occurs in Trinidad and Tobago and five days where it occurs outside.

Military Leave

Not specified by law.

Please consult your local legal counsel to learn more about Trinidad and Tobago 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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