Last week I was doing some fun reading… 57 pages of the Ethiopian Labour Proclamation of 2003 (I’m a nerd, true, but actually when I say “fun” reading, I am being sarcastic). I was struck with how generous the laws are towards workers. Here are a few examples of laws that apply to all permanent employees regardless of field, industry, etc.:
- New employees should be considered permanent employees after a maximum of a 45-day probationary period.
- All permanent employees should receive 14 paid vacation days after their first year of employment and should accumulate one more paid vacation day for every year of employment.
- Family Leave: An employee should receive 3 paid leave days when he / she gets married or for a death in the family (including extended family).
- Sick Leave: An employee is permitted up to 6 months sick leave (with medical documentation) within a calendar year; the first month at full pay; the next two months at half pay; the final three months without pay.
- Maternity Leave: Female employees are permitted 30 days paid leave prior to expected date of birth and 60 days of paid leave after birth.