There are 13 National Holidays in The Dominican Republic.
Employees are entitled to a minimum of 14 paid holiday days each year. This increases to 18 days per year after five years of continuous employment. Employees can take the vacation after completing one year on the job.
Vacation time cannot be compensated by any form of payment.
Vacations cannot be taken for less than a week. Employers must pay the salary for the vacation time one day before the vacation time starts.
Expectant and new mothers get 14 weeks of maternity leave. They must have worked for 12 months and contributed to social security for 8 months to be eligible for this.
The employee gets 100% of regular pay during this period. Social security pays 50% of the salary while the employer pays the other 50%. Social security also credits the employers for the salary paid during this time. This helps mitigate the burden on the employer.
New mothers also get three 20-minute breaks during the workday for breastfeeding the child. Paternity leave
Men get 2 days of paid paternity leave for every childbirth. It must be taken on the day the child is born. Employer must pay 100% salary fir these two days.Sick Leave
There is no regulation for paid sick leave in the Dominican Republic. However, the social security will pay the employee through the employer if the worker is sick for more than four days:
- For outpatient treatment, employees get 60% of the base salary
- In case of hospitalization, employee will get 40% of the base salary