Employees who have worked for at least six months are entitled to one week of paid vacation in addition to public holidays. Those with one year of service receive two weeks of paid vacation, and employees with seven or more years of service receive three weeks of paid vacation. Employees must be compensated for vacation days at least one day prior to the commencement of the vacation.
The following holidays are observed in the Bahamas:New Year’s DayGood FridayEaster MondayWhit MondayLabor DayIndependence DayEmancipation DayNational Heroes DayChristmas DayBoxing Day
Employees who have worked for the company for at least six months are entitled to one week of paid sick leave every year. Unused sick time does not carry over to the next year. As proof of sickness, employees must produce a medical certificate. Employers can have an independent physician examine an employee and refuse the leave if the physician concludes that the individual is capable of working.
Once every three years, female employees with at least one year of service are eligible to 12 weeks of paid maternity leave. In general, at least one week is taken before and after delivery, however this can be changed if the actual birth date differs from the due date. If the employee contracts a pregnancy-related ailment, she is entitled to an extra six weeks of unpaid leave. Maternity benefits are provided to qualifying employees by both the employer and the National Insurance Board.For the birth of a child or the loss or illness of a spouse, child, or parent, employees with at least six months of service are entitled to one week of paid family leave.
There are no comprehensive provisions in the Bahamas law regarding paternity leave.
Other than the mentioned terms for maternity leave, there are no comprehensive provisions in the Bahamas law regarding paternity leave.