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Saturday, 31 May 2014

Vacation Policy in Saudi Arabia

Annual Leave
1.   Every employee is entitled to 21 days paid annual leave as per Saudi Labor Law.
2.   If an employee works for more than 5 consecutive years in a company on consecutive basis, he will be entitled to 30 days paid annual leave as per Saudi Labor Law.
3.   All the employees with the officer rank are entitled to 30 days paid annual leave from the first year of their employment.
4.   An employee can only avail his annual leaves after completing at least 6 months in the company.
5.   Annual leaves will be carried forward only for a maximum period of 12 months after the end of the year it is earned. After 12 months, the leaves will be expired if not availed.



Sick Leave
1.   An employee can take up to 120 days sickness leave in one year as per Saudi Labor Law.
a.   Every employee is entitled for 30 days fully paid sick leave every year.
b.   An employee is entitled for ¾ of his total wages for the next 60 days.
c.   An employee can take maximum 30 days unpaid sick leave from the company.
2.   If sick employee is not recovered even after 120 days of sick leave, he will be removed from the payroll of Company.
3.   In order to obtain sick leave, an employee will have to produce medical certificate from doctor clearly stating the rest for X number of days.
4.   No sick leave will be granted without medical certificate.


Hajj Holidays
1.   An employee can take 10 days of fully paid Hajj Holidays in place of Eid ul Adha vacation as per Saudi Labor Law subject to the following conditions.
a.   He has completed 2 years in the company
b.   He can only avail these holidays once in every 5 years.



Death Leave
1.   In case of death of wife or any other blood relation, an employee is entitled to the leave of 3 fully paid days as per Saudi Labor Law.
2.   In case of death of husband, a female worker is entitled to 15 days fully paid leave as per Saudi Labor Law.
3.   Blood relations are restricted to real brother, real sister, real son, real daughter, father and mother.



Maternity Leave
1.   A woman is entitled to 10 weeks of maternity leaves as per Saudi Labor Law.
a.   4 weeks of maternity leave will be given before delivery date and 6 months will be given after delivery date.
b.   The probable date of delivery will be decided by the physician written statement.
2.   These vacations may or may not be fully paid. The decision of paid or unpaid leaves depends upon employment tenure of the worker.
a.   If she has completed 3 years in the company, she will be entitled to fully paid leaves.
b.   If she has completed 1 year in the company, she will be entitled to half paid leaves.
c.   If she has not completed 1 year in the company, she can take unpaid leaves.


Emergency Leave
1.   Paid or unpaid emergency leave for 15 days can be granted to every employee in case of emergency situations.
2.   Unpaid emergency leave will be provided if balance of annual vacation is not enough to cover this leave.

Other Leaves
1.   Every employee is entitled to 3 days fully paid marriage leave only once in his employment term as per Saudi Labor Law.
2.   In case of child birth, every employee is entitled for 1 day fully paid leave as per Saudi Labor Law.
3.   National Day of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is celebrated on 23rd of September and it is fully paid holiday.
4.   Vacation for Eid ul Adha and Eid ul Fiter will be announced from time to time.

Note: Joining date of Employee will be taken into account for the purpose of calculation of the entitled leaves.

Standard Procedures
1.   Employee will have to submit a leave form (Form A) to the HR department if he wants to avail any of the above mentioned leaves.
2.   This leave form must be signed by his immediate supervisor and department head.
3.   HR Department will check his eligibility and balance for the specific type of leaves applied for.
4.   In case of sick leave, employee will have to produce a certificate from the doctor clearly mentioning the rest of “X” number of days.
5.   In case of emergency leave, the signatures of department head or any of his immediate sub-ordinates will be enough.

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