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Paid time off

Employees receive one day of annual leave for each month of service, with the number of days increasing each year.

Public holidays

New Year’s Day

Heroes’ Day

Women’s Day

Independence Day

Lusaka Peace Agreement Day

Armed Forces Day

Peace and National Reconciliation Day

Family Day or Christmas Day

Sick days

Employees are entitled to 15 days of paid sick leave in a calendar year or up to five non-consecutive days in a quarter, after which the employer can send the employee to the health board for a determination of his or her capacity to work. Employees may also be eligible for social security benefits in Mozambique. After a three-day waiting period, eligible employees get 70% of their average daily wages for up to 365 days. Employees must have made at least three contributions in the 12 months prior to taking leave to be eligible.

Maternity leave

Female employees are entitled to 60 days of paid maternity leave, which can begin as early as 20 days before the due date. Mozambique's social security system is used to pay benefits. If an employee has made at least 12 months of contributions in the 18 months prior to the estimated due date, they will get 100 percent of their average daily wages.

Paternity leave

Every two years, male employees are entitled to one day of paternity leave, which must be taken the day after the baby is born.

Parental leave

Apart from maternity and paternity leave, there is no parental leave.

Other leave

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