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Mauritius Leave Laws

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Holidays

  • 1st January – New Year’s Day
  • 2nd January – New Year’s Holiday
  • 28th January – Thaipoosam Cavadee
  • 1st February – Abolition of Slavery
  • 12th February – Chinese Spring Festival
  • 11th March – Maha Shivaratree
  • 12th March – Independence and Republic Day
  • 13th April – Ougadi
  • 1st May – Labor Day
  • 14th May – Eid-Ul-Fitr
  • 11th September – Ganesh Chaturthi
  • 1st November – All Saints’ Day
  • 2nd November – Arrival of Indentured Labourers
  • 4th November – Diwali
  • 25th December – Christmas Day

PTO

Vacation/Annual Paid Leave

Every employee, other than a part-time employee, who remains in continuous employment with the same employer for a period of 12 consecutive months is entitled, during each subsequent period of 12 months while he remains in continuous employment, to 20 working days’ annual leave.

Also, every employee is entitled to additional two days of leave per year. This leave may be taken on a full-day, half-day, or such shorter period as agreed between an employer and an employee.

Every employee, other than a part-time employee, who remains in continuous employment with the same employer for a period of 6 consecutive months and who has been present on all the working days during that period, shall be entitled to one day’s annual leave during each subsequent month up to the twelfth month, while he remains in continuous employment with the same employer.

Part-time employees are also entitled to fully paid annual leave computed by the following formula: N/WxY 

  • “N” means the number of days of work he is required to perform in a week
  • “W” means the number of working days in a week of a comparable full-time worker
  • “Y” means the number of days of annual leave to which an employee is entitled. 

An employer may, during a period of 18 months following the expiry of the COVID-19 period, withhold up to 15 days’ annual leave, or such other number of annual leave as may be prescribed, from the aggregate of the annual leave, which accrues to an employee as from the beginning of the year of the COVID-19 period or such further period.

Vacation Leave

An employee, other than a migrant worker, who remains in continuous employment with the same employer for at least 5 consecutive years is entitled to vacation leave of not more than 30 days, whether taken consecutively or otherwise, for every period of 5 consecutive years, to be spent abroad, locally or partly abroad and partly locally.

Use-it-or-lose-it policy 

Where an employee has not taken or been granted all the leave to which he is entitled. The employee will be paid a normal day’s wage in respect of each day’s leave still due to him at the end of the period of 12 consecutive months.

PTO payout at the termination

Not specified by law.

Maternity Leave, Leave due to a Miscarriage and Stillbirth, Adoption Leave, Paternity Leave

Maternity Leave

A female employee, on the production of a medical certificate, is entitled to 14 weeks maternity leave on full pay to be taken – before confinement, provided that at least 7 weeks’ maternity leave will be taken immediately following the confinement; or after confinement. 

Where a female employee who remains in continuous employment with the same employer for 12 consecutive months gives birth to a child, she will, on the production of a medical certificate, be paid, within 7 days of her confinement, a maternity allowance.

Leave due to a Miscarriage and Stillbirth

Where a female employee suffers a miscarriage that is duly certified by a medical practitioner, she will be entitled to 3 weeks’ leave on full pay immediately after the miscarriage. 

Where a female employee gives birth to a stillborn child, she will, on the production of a medical certificate, be entitled to 14 weeks’ leave on full pay.

Adoption Leave

Where a female employee, who has been in continuous employment with the same employer for a period of 12 consecutive months, adopts a child aged less than 12 months, the employee will, on the production of a certified copy of the relevant Court order and a copy of the act of birth of the child, be entitled to 14 weeks’ leave on full pay.

Paternity Leave

Where the spouse of a male employee, who is in continuous employment for 12 consecutive months, gives birth to a child, the male employee will – be entitled to a paternity leave of 5 continuous working days; or where he is a part-time employee, be entitled to the number of days of leave in accordance with the formula.

The paternity leave will begin within 2 weeks from the date of birth of the child.

Sick Leave

Sick Leave

Every employee, other than a part-time worker, who remains in continuous employment with the same employer for a period of 12 consecutive months is entitled, during each subsequent period of 12 months while he remains in continuous employment, to 15 working days’ sick leave on full pay.

Part-time employees are also entitled to a paid sick leave by a formula: N/W x Y

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

An employee is granted leave with pay by his employer during the period of his absence from work under a summons issued to him to attend service as a juror under the Courts Act.

An employee is granted leave to attend Court regarding any matter in which he is a party or in which he is a witness.

Bereavement Leave

Employees are entitled to 3 working days’ special leave on full pay on the death of their spouse, child, father, mother, brother, or sister.

Military Leave

Not specified by law.

 

Please consult your local legal counsel to learn more about Mauritius Leave Laws.

 

To learn more about laws in various countries, check out our Leave Laws page.

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