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Employer of Record (EOR) in Bosnia and Herzegovina

What you'll learn

  • Country Introduction
  • Tax Breakdown for Employers
  • Statutory Leave Laws
  • Minimum Wage and Working Hours
  • Termination Process
  • Additional Information
Bosnia and Herzegovina Introduction

Bosnia and Herzegovina is a country located in southeastern Europe on the Balkan Peninsula. The country borders Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, and the Adriatic Sea. Bosnia and Herzegovina’s prime location makes it a very attractive place for companies that are looking to expand their business to southeastern Europe.

Paid Leave and Statutory Leave

Parental Leave

Pregnant employees are entitled to 12 months of maternity leave, and can work part-time post-leave until the child turns 2 years old. Pregnant employees are obligated to take at least 42 days of leave after the birth in FBiH and 60 days in Republika Srpska. Fathers in FBIH are entitled to 7 days of paid paternity leave after the birth, and in the Republic of Srpska/District of Brsko they are entitled to 3 days of leave.

Sick Leave

Employees in Bosnia and Herzegovina are entitled to 5 days of paid sick leave each year.

Paid Leave

There are 22 public holidays in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Employees in the entire country are entitled to 20 days of paid time off each year, while employees in FBiH can take another 10 days for a total of 30 days off per year.

Wage Requirements and Working Hours

The minimum wage is BAM 590 per month, and a standard work week is 40 hours Monday to Friday. Any work past 40 hours is entitled to overtime pay with a maximum number of hours per week depending on the region, and in some districts pregnant employees or those who have recently given birth are not allowed to work overtime.

Termination Process

Process

Employers are able to terminate employee contracts for reasons that are business-related, personal, or due to misconduct. If the termination is due to misconduct, the employer needs to provide verbal warnings and give the employee a chance to explain their actions. If the employee makes another violation within 12 months of their third warning, the employer can terminate the contract without notice or severance pay.

Notice Period

Employers are required to give a minimum notice of 14 days (with a maximum of 3 months).

Severance Pay

Unless an employee is terminated for misconduct, employees are usually entitled to a severance payment determined either by collective bargaining or a stipulation in the employment contract. The severance payment can be no less than 1/3 of the employee’s monthly wage for each year employed at the company.

Additional Information

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OVERVIEW
Language(s):
Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian
Currency:
Bosnia and Herzegovina Convertible Mark (BAM)
Capital City:
Sarajevo
Population:
3.2 Million
Cost of Living Rank:
104th
VAT (Valued Added Tax):
17%
Employer TaxES
11.50%
(estimated)

★  6% - Social Security

★  4% - Health Insurance

★  0.5% - Unemployment Insurance

★  0.5% - Natural Disaster Protection

★  0.5% - Water Protection

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How Remofirst employs in Bosnia and Herzegovina

It can be prohibitively expensive to establish an entity in every country you want to hire talent in, so Remofirst will hire and pay your employee on your behalf while you manage their daily duties. Remofirst will handle formal HR procedures and employment contracts that adhere to local laws, so that you can simply approve invoices via our platform. When you work with an Employer of Record (EOR) you can compliantly hire the best employees around the world.

How employees in Bosnia and Herzegovina get paid
Your employee's hours, time off, holidays, bonuses, and commissions are automatically calculated into payroll. Remofirst will invoice you in either US Dollars (USD), Euros (EUR), British Pounds (GBP), Canadian Dollars (CAD), or Singapore Dollars (SGD) around the 15th of each month to make sure your employees in Bosnia and Herzegovina are paid on time in Bosnia and Herzegovina Convertible Mark (BAM). To make it even easier, you can summarize your entire global team's salaries to aggregate them into one payment (instead of many individual payments).
Full-time Employees vs Global Contractors

Unlike full-time employees, contractors work on projects with multiple companies at a given time and are technically self-employed. Full-time employees are solely focused on their employer and usually receive benefits (such as health insurance, equity or stock options, and time off) as an additional form of compensation. While it can be cheaper to work with international contractors instead of paying benefits to a full-time employee, you run the risk of misclassification. It's recommended to work with an EOR for contractor onboarding and payments, so you can know that your international contractors are paid compliantly and on time.

Dependable support for employees
Whenever the employee or employer has a question about benefits, Visas, or anything else related to international employment in Bosnia and Herzegovina, they can use our platform's chat function to get answers from our team of experts. Every client of Remofirst also receives a dedicated account manager that will serve as a point of contact for global HR support.