Mauritius is an island nation in the Indian Ocean off the coast of southeast Africa. The country includes the main island called Mauritius), Rodrigues, Agaléga, and St. Brandon. The people of Mauritius are diverse in ethnicity, culture, language, and faith — it is the only country in Africa where Hinduism is the most practiced religion. Mauritius is a welfare state, offering free universal healthcare, free education, and free public transportation for part of the population.
Pregnant employees are entitled to 14 weeks of fully paid maternity leave, beginning 6 weeks before the due date. The pay during the leave is split between the employer and social security. Fathers can receive 5 paid days of paid paternity leave, and employees can also receive adoption leave.
Employees can receive 20 days of paid sick leave each year.
There are 15 public holidays in Mauritius, and employees can receive 20 days of paid time off each year (after completing 1 year at a company). Before that, employees receive 1 day of paid leave per month. Employees can also receive leave for bereavement.
The minimum wage in Mauritius is MUR 10,575 per month, and the standard workweek is 45 hours per week (9 hours per day for 5 days per week, or 8 hours per day for 6 days per week). Overtime is paid at 150% of the regular wage.
Employee contracts can be terminated with just cause, such as dishonesty, negligence, fraud, or other work offenses. If being terminated without just cause, notice needs to be given before the termination.
The standard minimum notice period is 30 days. Once an employee has worked at a company for 3 years, they are entitled to 3 months of notice.
Severance payments depend on the employee’s length of time at the company and reason for termination.
If the termination is just, the severance package is equal to 0.25 month’s wages for each year the employee has worked at the company. For unjustified or economic terminations, the severance pay is equal to 3 months of wages for each year the employee has worked at the company.
It is legally required to pay a 13th-month salary bonus in Mauritius. This bonus is equal to 1 month of wages and paid out at the end of the year.
★ 3%-9% - Social Security
★ 2.5% - National Savings Fund (NSF)
★ 1.5% - Training Levy
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