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    capital city

    Capital

    Managua

    currency

    Currency

    Nicaraguan Córdoba (NIO)

    date format

    Date format

    dd/mm/yyyy

    region

    Region

    LATAM

    entitlement

    Minimum holiday entitlement

    15

    paid public holidays

    Paid public holidays per year

    9

    Additional leave compliance rules and complexities

    Annual leave

    After 6 months in a role, employees may take 15 days’ paid annual leave. This extends to 30 days of paid annual leave after the employee’s been in the role for more than a year. The government covers sick pay at 60% of an employee’s regular wages.

    Sick leave

    Sick leave commences from the third consecutive day of an employee’s illness. However, if the employee has to go to the hospital, then this 3 day waiting period does not apply.

    Maternity and paternity leave

    Mothers get 12 weeks of maternity leave at full pay. Their employer pays 60% of maternity pay, with social security making up the rest. There are no laws for shared parental leave, but new fathers can take up to 5 days of paid paternity leave.