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    San José



    Costa Rican Colón (CRC)

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    Minimum holiday entitlement


    paid public holidays

    Paid public holidays per year


    Additional leave compliance rules and complexities

    Annual leave

    Once an employee’s been in continuous employment for 50 weeks or more, they’re entitled to 12 days’ paid leave a year, in addition to 2 days of rest.

    Sick leave

    Employers pay 50% of each of employees’ sick pay for the first 3 days of sickness absence. From the fourth day of sick leave, the employer no longer provides any sick pay, but social security then pays 60% of an employee’s salary.

    Maternity and paternity leave

    Employers also share maternity leave payments with the Costa Rican Social Security fund. Mothers get 4 months’ parental leave on full pay – 1 month prenatal, and 3 months after the birth. Fathers are not entitled to paternity leave, and there are no statutory laws for shared parental leave either.