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Trinidad and Tobago

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Employer of Record (EOR) in Trinidad and Tobago

What you'll learn

  • Country Introduction
  • Tax Breakdown for Employers
  • Statutory Leave Laws
  • Minimum Wage and Working Hours
  • Termination Process
  • Additional Information
Trinidad and Tobago Introduction

Trinidad and Tobago is the southernmost island country in the Caribbean, consisting of the main islands of Trinidad and Tobago, and some smaller islands. The country is well known for its Indian and African cultures, reflected in its large and famous Carnival, Diwali, and Hosay celebrations. Trinidad and Tobago is also known as the birthplace of steelpan, the limbo, and music styles such as calypso, soca, rapso, parang, chutney, and chutney soca.

Paid Leave and Statutory Leave

Parental Leave

Pregnant employees are entitled to 14 weeks of paid maternity leave (as long as they have completed 1 year of service within their company). There is no statutory requirement for paternity leave.

Sick Leave

Sick leave entitlements in Trinidad and Tobago depend on the industry and sector, with the entitlement usually stipulated in the employment contract.

Paid Leave

There are 16 public holidays in Trinidad and Tobago, and employees are entitled to paid time off. The amount of paid time off depends on the industry and sector, and is generally around 2 weeks per year.

Wage Requirements and Working Hours

The minimum wage is TTD 17.50 per hour, and a standard workweek is 40 hours at 8 hours per day. Overtime work is regulated by employment contracts or collective agreements, and is usually paid between 150%-200% of the regular wage.

Termination Process

Process

The termination process depends the employment contract or collective agreement and reason for termination. Terminations must be done with just cause.

Notice Period

The notice of termination has to be provided in writing, with a notice period of 30-45 days.

Severance Pay

Severance payments depend on the employee’s length of time worked at the company:

  • 1-5 years = 2 weeks of pay for each year of service
  • 5+ years = 3 weeks of pay for each year of service

Additional Information

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OVERVIEW
Language(s):
English, regional languages
Currency:
Trinidad and Tobago Dollar (TTD)
Capital City:
Port of Spain
Population:
1.5 Million
Cost of Living Rank:
41st
VAT (Valued Added Tax):
12.5%
Employer TaxES
TDD 23.80 - TDD 276.20
(estimated)

★  TDD 23.80 - TDD 276.20 - National Insurance Scheme

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You've sourced a full-time employee or contractor located in a country where your company is not incorporated.

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Pass us the details of your candidate and we will let you know exactly what it costs to employ your candidate in that country.

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How Remofirst employs in Trinidad and Tobago

It can be prohibitively expensive to establish an entity in every country you want to hire talent in, so Remofirst will hire and pay your employee on your behalf while you manage their daily duties. Remofirst will handle formal HR procedures and employment contracts that adhere to local laws, so that you can simply approve invoices via our platform. When you work with an Employer of Record (EOR) you can compliantly hire the best employees around the world.

How employees in Trinidad and Tobago get paid
Your employee's hours, time off, holidays, bonuses, and commissions are automatically calculated into payroll. Remofirst will invoice you in either US Dollars (USD), Euros (EUR), British Pounds (GBP), Canadian Dollars (CAD), or Singapore Dollars (SGD) around the 15th of each month to make sure your employees in Trinidad and Tobago are paid on time in Trinidad and Tobago Dollar (TTD). To make it even easier, you can summarize your entire global team's salaries to aggregate them into one payment (instead of many individual payments).
Full-time Employees vs Global Contractors

Unlike full-time employees, contractors work on projects with multiple companies at a given time and are technically self-employed. Full-time employees are solely focused on their employer and usually receive benefits (such as health insurance, equity or stock options, and time off) as an additional form of compensation. While it can be cheaper to work with international contractors instead of paying benefits to a full-time employee, you run the risk of misclassification. It's recommended to work with an EOR for contractor onboarding and payments, so you can know that your international contractors are paid compliantly and on time.

Dependable support for employees
Whenever the employee or employer has a question about benefits, Visas, or anything else related to international employment in Trinidad and Tobago, they can use our platform's chat function to get answers from our team of experts. Every client of Remofirst also receives a dedicated account manager that will serve as a point of contact for global HR support.