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.