Cameroon is a country in west-central Africa bordered by Nigeria, Chad, the Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and the Republic of the Congo. Since it’s right between West Africa and Central Africa, it is considered to be part of both and has a lot of geological, linguistic, and cultural diversity. While the official languages of Cameroon are French and English, the population speaks 250 native languages. The country has had a strong economic performance in the last decade, with their GDP growing at an average of 4% per year.
Pregnant employees in Cameroon are entitled to 14 weeks of maternity leave which normally starts 4 weeks before delivery and 10 after, and the leave benefits are paid by the National Social Insurance Fund. Fathers can take up to 10 days of paid leave for paternity leave.
Employees are allowed 5 days of paid sick leave each year.
Employees in Cameroon earn 1.5 days of paid leave for each month of work, which goes up to 3.5 days accrued each month once they complete 5 years of work at the same employer. Employees can also take 10 days of paid leave a year for important family events such as weddings or funerals.
The minimum wage in Cameroon is XAF 36,270 per month, and the work week is a standard 40 hours. Overtime is possible with a maximum of 20 hours per week and overtime pay.
In Cameroon, an employer can terminate an employment contract for just cause if the reason is due to misconduct, mutual termination, or accidents/economic condition.
Contracts with indefinite terms can be terminated at will with 1 week of notice and one day off per week for the employee to seek new opportunities.
Employees are generally entitled to severance pay if they have worked at a company for 2 years. The severance amount will vary and is managed by the Ministry of Labor.
★ 2.5% - Payroll Tax
★ 4.2% - Old Age Pension
★ 7% - Family Allowance
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