An employee is entitled to receive his or her wages for the period of his or her vacation leave no later than the last working day before he or she proceeds on vacation leave.

No, an employee cannot demand that his or her employer pays him or her for sick leave days not taken.  Sick leave is not an entitlement.    An employee is eligible for sick leave only where he is unable to work due to illness.


Yes. An employee’s total hours of work, whether he works for one or more employer should not exceed twelve hours.

Yes. A spouse or de factor spouse (common-law spouse living together for at least two years) may be granted one month’s paternity leave without pay.

An employee is not allowed to work for more than twelve hours in a day.  It is only in cases of emergencies like an accident or urgent work to be done to the plant or equipment or abnormal pressure of work due to special circumstances or to prevent loss of perishable goods, should an employee be required to work in excess of twelve hours.  Under no circumstances, should an employee be required to work in excess of twelve hours on a regular basis.  Please contact the Labour Department if you are regularly asked to work for more than twelve hours per day.

The employer can deduct the wage for the public holiday where an employee fails to work on the last scheduled working day before or the scheduled working day after a public holiday.

If the employer has discontinued the practice of a gratuity in order to evade the provision in the 2010 Code on gratuity, then that employer’s employees should lodge a complaint with the Labour Commissioner.



An employee’s normal hours of work for any one employer should not exceed eight hours. If an employee works in excess of eight hours on a normal work day, he or she is to be paid at the rate one and a half times his or her basic rate of pay. Where an employee works on a public holiday, the employee must be paid a basic hourly rate of at least one and one-half times his or her basic wage for each hour worked in addition to the basic wage of the employee.

An employee is entitled to one hour lunch. An employee may agree with his or her employer to reduce the lunch period to not less than thirty minutes.

During your probationary period your employer is expected to ensure that you are given orientation and guidance on how your job should be done and how you should conduct yourself at the job. Your employer should inform you of the company’s human resources policies, its administrative procedures and health and safety policies. Your employer should also provide supervision and regular feedback on your performance.