Last updated on: May 31st, 2023
Employment law in Bermuda is based off of statutes enacted by Parliament and case law decided by courts.
Hours & Pay Regulations
Employees are entitled to 2 weeks of paid annual leave after completion of the first year of continuous employment and for each subsequent year of continuous employment. This is not cumulative. Employment Act, Sec 12.
Pregnant employees are entitled to take time off during their working hours to receive antenatal care. An employee who has completed at least one year of continuous employment is entitled to be paid at her normal hourly wage for the time taken off.
Pregnant employees with over one year of service are entitled to at least 8 weeks of paid leave and 4 weeks of unpaid leave (12 weeks). And for employees with less than one year of service a minimum of 8 weeks unpaid leave. Employment Act, Sec 15 & 16.
Employees are entitled to eight days sick leave with pay after the first year of continuous employment except that the employee will not be entitled to more than two consecutive days unless he provides the employer with a doctor’s certificate. Employment Act, Sec 14.
An employer shall grant to an employee an unpaid leave of up to 3 consecutive days on the death of a member of the employee’s immediate family and or 5 consecutive days to attend the funeral of a member of the employee’s immediate family overseas.
Employment Act, Sec 17.
Employees are entitled to take reasonable time off during working hours for fulfilling public duties like attending meetings of Government Boards, Bermuda Regiment, Bermuda Reserve Police, Senate and the House of Assembly. In addition, there is an entitlement for time off for jury service and to vote in the Parliament. Employment Act, Sec 12.