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Paid time off

After one year of full-time employment, an employee is entitled to 192 hours of basic leave plus 24 hours in place of the three public holidays that fall on weekends.

So long as there is an agreement with the employer, an employee can carry over up to 50% of their paid leave to the next year.

Public holidays

Malta recognizes 14 public holidays.

Sick days

The Wage Regulation Order regulates sick leave (WRO). If an employee is not protected by the WRO, he or she is entitled to two weeks of paid sick leave each year. After the two weeks, an employee may be eligible for a Social Security illness payment.

To use sick leave, you must produce a medical certificate.

Maternity leave

In Malta, maternity leave lasts 18 weeks and begins four weeks before the due date. It must be taken at least 6 weeks after the birth. For the first 14 weeks, the employer is liable for paying 100% of the salary.

Paternity leave

There are no legal mechanisms in place for paternity leave.

Parental leave

Until the kid reaches the age of eight, parents are entitled to four months of paid leave for the birth of a child, adoption, fostering, or general care.

To be eligible, an employee must have worked for at least 12 months in a row.

Other leave

Employees who are not protected by the Wage Regulation Order are entitled to one working day of bereavement leave.

For employees who are not protected by the Wage Regulation Order, marriage leave is two working days.

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