The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), formerly Zaire, is a country in Central Africa. It’s the 2nd-largest country in Africa and the most populous french-speaking country. The country is rich in natural resources of diamond, copper, and cobalt, and also has the largest forest reserves in Africa.
The minimum wage in DRC is CDF 7,075 per day. Standard working hours are 9 hours per day or 45 hours a week. Overtime pay will vary between 130% for regular overtime and 200% if working on the weekly rest day.
Pregnant employees who have been employed at their company for at least 6 months are entitled to 14 weeks of maternity leave which is partially paid. The leave may be used before and after the birth, with the maximum amount of postnatal leave at 8 weeks.
Employees who have been employed at their company for at least 6 months can receive up to 10 days of paid sick leave. After 10 days their pay will incrementally decrease every 10 days for up to 30 days. If the employee is unable to return to work after 30 days, their employment may be temporarily suspended.
There are 9 public holidays in DRC, and employees who have worked at their company for 2+ years are entitled to 12 days of paid time off each year, accrued 1 day per month. After 5 years, they may also receive 1 additional day of leave for each 5 years of service with their company.
An employer may dismiss an employee with cause according to labor codes, including unlawful acts, change in operational needs. Employers need to notify the employee in writing stating the reason for dismissal.
Labor laws in DRC require that employers give 14 working days of notice for employees with less than 1 year at the company. After each continuous year of service, employers must include an additional 7 days of notice.
Employees in DRC with 6+ month fixed contracts or indefinite contracts are eligible for severance pay, which is calculated according to their salary and length of time at the company.
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