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Paid time off

Employees are given between four and twenty-four days of vacation.

Public holidays

New Year’s Day

Namibian Independence Day

Good Friday

Easter Monday

Workers’ Day

Cassinga Day

Ascension Day

Africa Day

Heroes Day

Human Rights Day

International Women’s Day


Namibian Family Day

Sick days

After 36 months (sick leave cycle), employees are entitled to at least 30 days of sick leave if they work five days a week, or 36 days if they work six days a week. Employees earn one day of sick leave for every 26 days worked during their first year of employment.

Maternity leave

After six months of work, female employees are entitled to 14 weeks of maternity leave. In most cases, four weeks of leave are taken prior to the due date and eight weeks are taken following the birth. If there is a pregnancy-related sickness or difficulty, maternity leave might be extended by a month. The employee must present the company with a medical certificate detailing the projected date of confinement prior to the absence, as well as the actual date when she returns.

Except for the basic wage, which is paid by social security, the employer is responsible for paying the employees' wages.

Paternity leave

There is no statutory paternity leave.

Parental leave

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

Other leave

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