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Tue 12 Jan 2010 10:15 AM

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Bahrain's private sector holidays set to increase

Parliamentary move could see holiday entitlement increase by six days.

Private sector employees in Bahrain could see their annual holiday allowance increase by six days under a proposal backed by the Shura Council.

According to a report in Gulf News on Tuesday, the kingdom’s parliament has moved to increase private sector holidays from 24 days to 30, to bring them in line with the private sector.

Council members backed the move on Monday, also giving approval to an amendment that would give working mothers in the private sector two hours off a day to breast-feed for the first two years of the child’s life.Working mums already get one hour off a day for this, the paper reported.

The extra holiday entitlement would only apply to members of staff who have completed a year’s employment, and members of staff who resigned after two years will be able to sell their leave back to their employer, the paper reported.

Public holidays for the private sector will be determined by the cabinet to ensure employees who work on those days are compensated, officials told the paper.

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Edward 10 years ago

Would be interesting to know if these are working days or calender days(?) Here in the UAE its not clear if the annual leave days mentioned in the labor law are calender days, or working days.... ?

G 10 years ago

Edward, Those are working days