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Vacation and Leave Policies

Understand the regulations on vacation and other types of leave in Anguilla

Holiday leave

In Anguilla, the Labour Code outlines the rights of employees regarding vacation leave. If an employee has been in service for less than 5 years, they are entitled to a minimum of 12 working days of paid vacation per year. This entitlement increases to 15 working days per year for those with 5 to 10 years of service, and 20 working days per year for those with over 10 years of service.

Vacation leave accrues throughout the year of employment. The Labour Code does not specify a fixed accrual rate, which allows employers to determine an accrual method within their policies.

While employers generally have the right to determine when vacation leave is taken, they should consider the employee's preferences and the company's operational needs.

The Labour Code does not explicitly address the carryover of unused vacation leave. Therefore, it's recommended to check your employment contract or your company's policies for specific rules on unused vacation.


The Labour Code provides the minimum vacation entitlement. Employers may offer more generous leave packages. Always refer to your employment contract and your company's specific policies for details on your vacation leave rights.

Public holidays

Anguilla, a British overseas territory in the Caribbean, observes a mix of national and religious holidays throughout the year.

Official Public Holidays

  • New Year's Day is celebrated on January 1.
  • Good Friday is a movable feast, usually observed in March or April.
  • Easter Monday also varies in date, typically falling in March or April.
  • Labour Day is observed on May 1.
  • Whit Monday is another movable feast, usually celebrated in May or June.
  • Anguilla Day is celebrated on May 30.
  • The Celebration of the Birthday of Her Majesty The Queen is observed in June, with the date varying each year.
  • August Monday is celebrated on the first Monday in August.
  • August Thursday is observed on the first Thursday in August.
  • Constitution Day is celebrated on the first Friday in August.
  • Separation Day, also known as December Revolution Day, is observed on December 19.
  • Christmas Day is celebrated on December 25.
  • Boxing Day is observed on December 26.

Important Notes

The dates for Good Friday, Easter Monday, Whit Monday, and the Queen's Birthday change each year based on religious calendars or UK observances.

Types of leave

In Anguilla, the Labour Code is the primary legislation governing leave entitlements for employees. This article will focus on the types of leave available, excluding annual leave (holiday leave) and public holidays.

Sick Leave

After completing six months of continuous service, employees become eligible for paid sick leave. The extent of this entitlement depends on the employee's length of service. It's important to note that employees are usually required to provide medical certification to support sick leave claims.

Maternity Leave

Female employees are entitled to 13 weeks (approximately 3 months) of maternity leave. A portion of this leave may be taken before the expected due date.

Paternity Leave

Currently, there is no specific legislation in Anguilla mandating paternity leave. However, some employers might offer paternity leave benefits within their policies.

Bereavement Leave

Employees may be entitled to a short period of leave following the death of a close family member. The specific duration of this leave likely depends on the employer's policies.

Important Notes

The Labour Code sets the minimum standards for leave entitlements. Employers may choose to provide more generous leave benefits. For specific information about your available leave types and entitlements, always refer to your employment contract and your company's policies.

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