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Paid time off

Employees who have worked for at least one year are eligible for annual leave, which accrues at a rate of 1.5 days each month of employment. Employees who work outside of Mauritania earn three days of yearly leave every month of employment. Employees who have worked with the company for ten years are entitled to an extra day a month. Employees with 15 years of service are entitled to two additional days each month. Finally, employees who have worked for the company for more than 20 years are entitled to an additional three days of leave a month.

Employees are also entitled to ten days of unpaid family leave in the event of an emergency.

Public holidays

Mauritania observes the following public holidays:

New Year’s Day

Labor Day/May Day

El Fitr

Africa’s Liberation Day

El Adha


El Mawlid

Sick days

Individual or group agreements govern sick leave.

Maternity leave

Employees who are female are entitled to 14 weeks of paid maternity leave. After the birth, eight of those weeks must be taken. Mothers are also entitled to an extra day of vacation each year for each kid under the age of 14. For the first 15 months following childbirth, new moms are allotted one hour every day to breastfeed.

Paternity leave

There is no statutory paternity leave.

Parental leave

Other than the already mentioned terms for maternity leave, there are no other provisions in the law in Mauritiana regarding parental leave.

Other leave

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