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We have some queries related to calculation of leave salary and leave entitlement of our company employees as we feel that the calculation is being done incorrectly . Our company observes a 5-day working week with Friday and Saturday being the weekly off days. At the same time we are a entitled to 30 days leave as per Kuwait Labour Law.

For calculating the annual leave of an employee do we consider a week as consisting of 5 working days per week which is the fact in our case, or 6 working days as our company says the Kuwait Labour Law focuses on the fact that there is only one day per week as the official day off.

Our salary basis the calculation of the salary on the fact that the law considers the working month to be of 26 days and not 22 days as in the case of the company. So for calculating leave salary do we divide our total monthly remuneration by 26 or 22 as we work only for 22 days in a month?

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Answer: We have answered similar questions a number of times but will do so again for the benefit of those readers who not seen our earlier replies. First of all, your company is right. You have to consider the working week of six days while calculating your leave because giving you two days off is the internal policy of the company as it has divided the 6th day’s hours over the five days. You still put in about 48 hours a week. Secondly, because of the above reason, you have to divide the total monthly remuneration by 26 to calculate the leave salary.

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