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Paid time off

Employees are given two weeks of paid annual leave each year, which cannot be carried over.

Public holidays

Bermuda recognizes the following holidays:

New Year’s Day

Good Friday

Bermuda Day

National Heroes’ Day

Emancipation Day

Mary Prince Day

Labour Day

Remembrance Day

Christmas Day

Boxing Day

Sick days

After one year of work, employees are entitled to eight days of sick leave. After two days, the employee must present a certificate from a medical practitioner stating that he or she is unable to work due to sickness. Employees on sick leave are not eligible for a termination notice unless they have missed four weeks of work due to sickness.

Maternity leave

After one year of employment, female employees are entitled to 13 weeks of paid maternity leave as well as time off from work to attend doctor visits relating to the pregnancy. Employees who have worked for less than a year are entitled to 13 weeks of unpaid leave. Employees must produce a medical document stating that they are pregnant and the estimated due date.

Paternity leave

After one year of employment, male employees are entitled to five days of paternity leave. Employees on maternity or paternity leave are not eligible for a termination notice.

Parental leave

Other than the already mentioned terms for both maternity and paternity leaves, there are no provisions in the Bermuda law regarding parental leave.

Other leave

For the loss of a spouse, child, parent, sibling, or member of the employee's household (not a landlord, employer, or employee), employees are entitled to three days of bereavement leave. If an employee has to attend an overseas burial for a close relative, bereavement leave is extended to five days.

Employees are also given time off to vote, perform public tasks, and serve on juries. A notice of termination cannot be served on an employee who is on vacation or bereavement leave.

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