Lebanon is a country located in the Middle East region, bordered by Syria, Israel, and the Mediterranean Sea. The country’s position at the crossroads of the Mediterranean Basin and the Middle East has contributed to its rich past and religiously diverse cultural identity. Lebanon is considered a developing country with an upper-middle income. Despite its small size, Lebanese culture is renowned around the world, powered by its extensive diaspora.
The minimum wage in Lebanon is at least LBP 675,000 per month, and a standard workweek is 48 hours at 8-12 hours per day. Overtime pay is compensated at 150% of the regular rate.
Pregnant employees are entitled to 10 weeks of maternity leave with benefits equal to their regular wages, starting either before or after the birth. Fathers can receive 3 paid days of paternity leave.
Employees can earn sick leave based on how long they’ve worked at their company:
There are 20 public holidays in Lebanon, and employees are entitled to 15 days of paid time off each year (after 1 year at their company). Employees can also receive bereavement leave and marriage leave.
Employers can terminate employees at will and without any prior notice if it’s due to force majeure, misconduct, theft, fraud, indiscipline, or a felony conviction.
Notice periods depend on how long the employee has worked at the company, and payments can be given in lieu of notice.
Severance payments range between 2-12 months of pay, depending on the type of job, employee’s age, tenure, and any misconduct.
★ 8% - Social Security
★ 6% - Family Benefit
★ 8.5% - End of Service Compensation
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