Georgia is a country in eastern Europe bordered by Russia, Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and the Black Sea. The country’s landscape is diverse as it boasts hot springs, sulfur baths, and the Caucasus mountains, along with castles, cathedrals, and other relics from the medieval ages. Georgia has a growing economy with an increasing number of skilled professionals, making it a smart target for expansion.
The average salary in Georgia is around GEL 1,463.8 per month, with a standard workweek of 40 hours at 8 hours per day. Any time worked past this is considered overtime and is paid at 125% of the salary.
Pregnant employees are entitled to 126 days of paid maternity leave at 100% of the regular wage. They can also take up to 604 days off after the birth to care for their newborns. While there is no statutory paternity leave, mothers can transfer 57 days of maternity leave to their partner and both parents can take 2 weeks of annual leave to care for a child under 5 years old.
Employees in Georgia can receive paid sick leave for 30 days per year, accumulated at 10 hours of sick leave per month. The employee must provide proof of the illness from a medical professional.
There are 15 public holidays in Georgia, and full-time employees are entitled to 24 days of paid time off each year, with an extra 15 days of unpaid time off after working 11 months at the same company. Employees may also qualify for paid leave for adoption, childcare/care.
Employment contracts can be terminated with just cause, such as misconduct, negligence, fraud, incompatibility with assigned tasks, and other work offenses.
The notice period in Georgia for both the employer and employee is 30 days notice for termination/resignation.
Employees are entitled to a severance package paid at a minimum of 1 month’s salary.
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