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    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.