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Sri Lanka Leave Laws

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Holidays

  • 14th January – Tamil Thai Pongal Day
  • 28th January – Duruthu Full Moon Poya
  • 4th February – National Day
  • 26th February – Navam Full Moon Poy
  • 11th March – Mahasivarathri Day
  • 28th March – Madin Full Moon Poya
  • 2nd April – Good Friday
  • 13th April – Sinhala and Tamil New Year Eve (Puthandu)
  • 14th April – Sinhala and Tamil New Year (Puthandu)
  • 26th April – Bak Full Moon Poya
  • 1st May – Labour Day
  • 14th May – Id-Ul-Fitr
  • 26th May – Vesak Full Moon Poya
  • 24th June – Poson Full Moon Poya
  • 21st July – Idul Adha
  • 23rd July – Esala Full Moon Poya
  • 22nd August – Nikini Full Moon Poya
  • 20th September – Binara Full Moon Poya
  • 19th October – Milad-Un-Nabi
  • 20th October – Vap Full Moon Poya
  • 4th November – Deepavli Festival Day (Dewali)
  • 18th November – Ill Full Moon Poya
  • 18th December – Unduvap Full Moon Poya
  • 25th December – Christmas Day

PTO

Employees are entitled to up to 14 days of fully paid annual leave for every completed year of service.

The SOEA requires that not less than seven days must be taken on a consecutive basis. In respect of the first year of employment, an employee is entitled to proportionate in the succeeding year leave calculated on the following basis:

  • 14 days of leave if employment commenced on or after 1 January but before 1 April.
  • Ten days of leave if employment commenced on or after 1 April but before 1 July.
  • Seven days of leave if employment commenced on or after 1 July but before 1 October.
  • Four days of leave if employment commenced on or after 1 October but before 31 December.

 

Rollovers and payout of unused hours

  • Use-it-or-lose-it policy

Not specified by law.

  • PTO payout at the termination

The employee will also be entitled to all unutilized annual leave earned in the year immediately preceding the year of termination.

Maternity Leave, Paternity Leave, Parental Leave

Female employees are entitled to paid maternity leave. 84 days of paid maternity leave is granted to female employees where the confinement results in the delivery of a live child, and 42 days of paid maternity leave where the confinement does not result in the delivery of a live child.

In addition to the employee’s right to full wages during maternity leave, the employee cannot be dismissed solely based on her pregnancy or confinement or of any illness consequent to her pregnancy or confinement.

Female employees are entitled to take 14 days’ or two weeks’ maternity leave prior to the confinement and 70 days or ten weeks after the birth. Where the confinement does not result in the delivery of a live child, the maternity leave is 28 days or 4 weeks following the confinement. If the maternity leave prior to the birth has not been taken, then that period of maternity leave must be added to the period of maternity leave taken after the confinement.

Sick Leave, Paid Sick Leave, and Family Care Leave

Employees are entitled to up to seven days of paid casual leave in any year, except during the first calendar year of employment. During the first calendar year of employment, the employee is entitled to one day of paid casual leave for every two months worked. Casual leave can only be taken by the employee for their own private business purposes or because of their own illness.

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

Not specified by law.

Bereavement Leave

Employees are entitled to 7 days of casual leave from the second year of employment, which can be used for personal purposes.

Employees are entitled to use their casual leave due to a death of a close family member.

Military Leave

Not Specified by law.

 

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

 

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

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    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.