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    capital city

    Capital

    San José

    currency

    Currency

    Costa Rican Colón (CRC)

    date format

    Date format

    dd/mm/yyyy

    region

    Region

    LATAM

    entitlement

    Minimum holiday entitlement

    12

    paid public holidays

    Paid public holidays per year

    9

    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.