Nepal is a landlocked country in south Asia, bordered by India and Tibet. The country has a diverse geography that includes fertile plains, subalpine forested hills, and 8 of the world's 10 tallest mountains (including the highest point on Earth, Mount Everest). Nepal is considered a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-religious, and multi-cultural state.
The minimum wage in Nepal is NPR 15,000 per month, with a standard workweek of 48 hours per week at 8 hours per day. Overtime is paid at 150% of the salary, and cannot exceed 4 hours per day.
Pregnant employees in Nepal can take 98 days of maternity leave (the first 60 of which are fully paid). Fathers can receive 15 days of paternity leave at full pay.
Employees are entitled to 12 days of paid sick leave each year (prorated to how long they have worked at the company during the first year). Employees can carry over their sick leave into the next year for a maximum of 45 days.
Nepal has 13 public holidays, and employees are given 1 day of paid time off after every 20 days of work.
Employers who want to terminate an employee need to do so with just cause, and also give the employee an opportunity to present their case against the dismissal.
The average notice period is 30 days, but no notice is required in cases of misconduct.
If an employee is not eligible for unemployment benefits, they are due a severance usually equal to 1 month of wages for each year of employment at the company.
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