- 1st January – New Year’s Day
- 4th January – Epiphany
- 21st January – Lady of Altagracia
- 25th January – Juan Pablo Duarte Day
- 27th February – Independence Day
- 2nd April – Good Friday
- 4th April – Easter Day
- 1st May – Labour Day
- 3rd June – Corpus Christi (Second Thursday after Whitsun)
- 16th August – Restoration Day
- 24th September – Our Lady of Mercedes Day
- 5th November – Constitution Day
- 25th December – Christmas Day
National holidays must be observed, and the salary corresponding to twice the rate must be paid, provided that the services are effectively rendered during those days.
Employees are entitled to a period of paid vacation annual leave. Employers must grant their employees a minimum of 14 working days of paid vacation per year. Employees acquire the right to take a vacation after being employed, continuously, for one year. After five years on the job, the employer must increase the paid leave to 18 working days.
Vacations cannot be fractioned for periods shorter than a week. The salary for the vacation period must be paid by the employer on the day prior to the beginning of a vacation.
Rollovers and payout of unused hours
- Use-it-or-lose-it policy
Not specified by law.
- PTO payout at the termination
Vacation cannot be replaced with additional payment or any other form of compensation.
Maternity Leave, Paternity Leave, Parental Leave
Regarding maternity leave, female employees are entitled to paid leave during
the seven weeks preceding the probable date of delivery, as well as the seven weeks that follow. Female employees also have the right to three rest periods of 20 minutes each, per working day, to breastfeed their children.
Employees are entitled to up to two days of paid paternity leave.
Sick Leave, Paid Sick Leave, and Family Care Leave
Employees generally use their vacation time as sick time as employees are not entitled to separate sick pay. Extended sick time is covered by the government, and does not include payment from the first day of illness.
Jury Duty Leave and Voting Leave (Leave due to Public Interest)
Not specified by law.
Employees are entitled to up to 3 days of paid leave due to the death of a grandparent, parent, child or spouse.
Not Specified by law.
Please consult your local legal counsel to learn more about Dominican Republic Leave Laws.
To learn more about laws in various countries, check out our Leave Laws page.