As globalization accelerates, an increasing number of businesses are expanding their operations overseas. In this process, understanding the local policies regarding leave and benefits is crucial. This article aims to provide overseas employers with a detailed guide on leave and benefits in Argentina.

I. Public Holidays

Argentina has 11 statutory public holidays, including New Year's Day, Feast of Saint Mary (February 2), National Flag Day(March 24), Good Friday, Labor Day (May 1), May Revolution Day (May 25), Feast of Saints Peter and Paul (June 29), Independence Day (July 9), Assumption of Mary (August 15), Columbus Day (October 12), and Christmas Day.

Among these, Labor Day, Independence Day, and Columbus Day are the most significant. During these holidays, most businesses observe a one or two-day closure. Additionally, many businesses may also close around Christmas.

II. Annual Leave

According to Argentine labor laws, every employee is entitled to annual leave. After working for 12 months, employees have the right to enjoy 14 days of paid annual leave. After 5 years of employment, they are entitled to 21 days, and after 10 years, they can take 28days of paid annual leave.

III. Sick Leave

Argentine labor laws stipulate that everyemployee has the right to paid sick leave. After working for 6 months,employees are entitled to 10 days of paid sick leave per year. After 5 years ofemployment, they can take 15 days, and after 10 years, they can take 20 days ofpaid sick leave per year.

IV. Maternity and Paternity Leave

Argentine labor laws mandate that female employees have the right to maternity leave before and after childbirth. Before childbirth, female employees can take 45 days of leave, and after childbirth, they can take 60 days. Additionally, female employees can also take 90 days of leave during pregnancy.

Male employees also have the right to paternity leave, which is 2 days in duration.

V. Other Benefits

In addition to the mentioned benefits, Argentine labor laws also specify other benefits, including:

1. Social Insurance: Employers are required to contribute to social insurance to safeguard employees' rights in retirement, unemployment, illness, or accidents.

2. Pension Fund: Employers must contribute to a pension fund to ensure employees receive a pension after retirement.

3. Labor Unions: Argentine labor laws dictate that every company must have a labor union representing employees in negotiating labor conditions and benefits with employers.

4. Health Insurance: Many companies provide additional health insurance to ensure employees receive timely medical treatment in case of illness.


The above constitutes a detailed guide on leave and benefits in Argentina. For overseas employers expanding their businesses, understanding the local policies regarding leave and benefits is crucial. This not only aids employers in better managing their workforce but also enhances employee satisfaction and loyalty.

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