Zimbabwe Leave Laws
- 1st January – New Year’s Day
- 21st February – National Youth Day
- 2nd April – Good Friday
- 3rd April – Easter Saturday
- 4th April – Easter Sunday
- 5th April – Easter Monday
- 18th April – Independence Day
- 1st May – International Worker’s Day
- 25th May – Africa Day
- 9th August – Heroes’ Day (Second Monday in August)
- 10th August – Defense Forces Day (Day after second Monday in August)
- 22nd December – Unity Day
- 25th December – Christmas Day
- 26th December – Boxing Day
Weekends and public holidays are counted as part of your vacation leave days.
An employee shall be granted leave of absence during every public holiday and shall be paid her/his current remuneration for that day if it occurs on a day on which he or she would otherwise have been required to work.
Where an employee consents to work on a public holiday he or she shall be paid not less than twice their current remuneration for that day whether that day is one on which they would otherwise have been required to work.
An employee can start accruing leave days after having worked for an employer for one year and above. For each year served, an employee is given one month or 30 days leave.
For an employee to go on paid leave he or she should first accrue the days. The employee is allowed to accrue up to a maximum of 90 days before he or she goes for leave, but that should be by the employees’ choice.
An employee can also be allowed to go on leave even when he or she does not have leave days accrued but that leave will not be paid for, it would be leave without pay.
Maternity Leave, Paternity Leave, Parental Leave
Employees need at least one year of service to qualify for paid maternity leave. Such leave may only be granted upon the production of a medical certificate. It may only be granted three times for the same employer and only once during a 24 month period calculated from the day previous leave was granted.
Employees are entitled to up at least 21 days before confinement. The total duration of paid maternity leave is up to 98 days.
Unpaid maternity leave extending the normal duration of paid leave may be granted upon request.
Sick Leave, Paid Sick Leave, and Family Care Leave
During any one-year period of service, an employee, upon request and supported by a certificate signed by a registered medical practitioner, shall be granted up to 90 days of sick leave on full pay.
If during one year period of service, the employee has used up the maximum period of sick leave on full pay, an employer shall, at the request of the employee supported by a certificate signed by a registered medical practitioner, grant a further period of up to 90 days sick leave on half-pay.
Jury Duty Leave and Voting Leave (Leave due to Public Interest)
Employees are entitled to up to 12 days of paid leave in order to attend court in Zimbabwe as a witness.
Employees are entitled to up to 12 days of paid leave due to a death of a spouse, parent, child or legal dependent or any justifiable compassionate ground.