Guide to Doing Business
in St. Eustatius

Vacation, sick leave & other permitted leave


The minimum number of vacation days an employee is entitled to is regulated for all employees. Every employee is entitled to an amount of vacation days per year equal to at least three times the contracted number of working days per week, with a minimum of fifteen days per year for employees who work six days per week.

During an employee’s vacation, the employee remains entitled to receive his salary. Vacation allowance, however, is not mandatory. Furthermore, during (official) national holidays the employee also remains entitled to receive his salary.

Sick Leave 

In the event an employee is unable to perform his/her labor due to sickness (that is not intentionally caused by the employee), the employer is obligated to continue payment of (100% of) the employee’s salary during a relative short period of time (unless otherwise stipulated in the labor agreement).

Pregnancy- and maternity leave      

An employee is entitled to payment of 100% of her salary for a maximum period of 16 weeks, when she is on pregnancy- and maternity leave.

Other leave

For other situations (such as weddings, funerals, delivery of children (fathers) and personal leave) there is no legal stipulation granting the employee a specific amount of time for permitted leave. However, (unless agreed otherwise) an employee remains entitled to its wages for a fair (redelijk) short period of time, in the event the employee was not able to work during such time due to (i) the fulfillment of an obligation imposed by law or by the government which could not be fulfilled in the employee’s free time or due to (ii) special circumstances not caused by the employee’s fault.