capital city

Capital

Bogota

currency

Currency

Colombian Peso (COP)

date format

Date format

dd/mm/yyyy

region

Region

LATAM

entitlement

Minimum holiday entitlement

15

paid public holidays

Paid public holidays per year

18

Additional leave compliance rules and complexities

Sick leave

Employers pay the first two days of an employee’s sick leave at a rate of two-thirds of the employee’s regular salary. After the third successive day of sick leave, the Columbian government takes over the payment of sick pay, at the same rate of two-thirds of the employee’s salary.

Maternity and paternity leave

Mothers can take 18 weeks of maternity leave at full-pay. Though the employer is responsible for paying this maternity leave cover, they can claim the amount back from the government. There are no provisions for shared parental leave, but fathers can take 8 days’ paternity leave at full-pay. Once again, this is covered by the employer, who can later claim the amount back from the government.

Bereavement leave

Employees in Columbia can take up to 5 days’ bereavement leave

Marriage leave

Employees in Columbia can take up to 5 days of paid leave for marriage.