Jordan is a country in the Middle East region bordered by Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria, the West Bank, Israel, and the Dead Sea. The country has a high Human Development Index and is considered an upper middle income economy. While their economy is one of the smallest in the region, it is attractive to foreign investors because of its skilled workforce. The country also attracts medical tourism due to its well developed health sector.
The minimum wage in Jordan is JOD 260 per month, and the standard workweek is 48 hours per week at 8 hours per day. Overtime is paid out at around 125% of the salary.
Pregnant employees are entitled to 10 weeks of paid maternity leave (of which at least 6 must be taken after the birth), and can take an additional 12 months of unpaid leave. Fathers are entitled to 3 days of paid paternity leave.
Employees are entitled to sick leave of 14 days per year. Medical certificates are required for all sick leave.
There are 8 public holidays in Jordan, and employees are also entitled to 14 days of paid time off each year.
Employment contracts can be terminated by either the employer or the employee, for reasons that are performance related, conduct related, or due to operational needs.
Notice periods for termination are 30 days.
Severance payments in Jordan are usually are equal to 1 month of salary for each year worked at the company.
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