Basic Facts

Lebanon is a country located on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. It borders Israel in the south and Syria in the north. Lebanon is a mountainous country with approximately half of its landscape lying at an altitude of over 900m (3,000ft). The Lebanese economy is service-oriented and the main growth sectors include banking and tourism.

 

*Please note that the official currency is the currency of remuneration when employed through WorkMotion in Lebanon.

Capital :
Beruit
Currency :
Lebanese Pound (ل.ل.‎; LBP)
Languages spoken :
Arabic, French, and English
Population :
5,59 million (2021 est.)
Minimum wage 2023 :
LL9 million
Cost of Living index :
$$$ (27 of 140 nations)
Payroll Frequency :
Monthly
VAT - standard rate :
11%
GDP - real growth rate :
-7% (2021 est.)

Statutory Holidays

The holidays mentioned below are valid for the year 2024.

Date
Holiday Name
Extra Information
January 1
New Year's Day
January 6
Armenian Christmas Day
February 9
St Maroun's Day
February 14
Rafik Hariri Memorial Day
March 25
Annunciation Day
March 29
Good Friday
Movable
April 9
Easter Sunday
Movable
April 10
Eid al-Fitr
Movable
May 1
Labor Day
May 3
Orthodox Good Friday
Movable
May 5
Orthodox Easter Sunday
Movable
May 5
Martyrs' Day
Movable
May 12
Resistance and Liberation Day
Movable
June 16
Eid al-Adha
Movable
July 7
Islamic New Year
Movable
July 16
Ashura
Movable
August 15
Assumption Day
September 15
Prophet Muhammad's Birthday
Movable
November 22
Independence Day
December 25
Christmas Day

Contract Sharing Time


The approximate time for sharing the contract with an employee in Lebanon is 14 business days assuming no special requests or changes to our standard employment contract. Any such requests or changes would need to undergo internal or external review, directly leading to a time delay.

NOTE: This number is subject to change and is only an estimation of the Contract Sharing Time. The estimated Contract Sharing Time begins from the moment that WorkMotion has received all required information from both the client and the employee.

What You Need To Know


  • Employment can be terminated without indemnity or prior notice during the probation period.
  • Employees become entitled to a 15-day annual leave completing one year of service with the employer.
  • The maximum duration of a fixed-term contract is one year, automatically renewed.

Labor Conditions


Working Hours

Eight hours is the maximum duration of work per day, except in agricultural corporations. In all cases where hours of work exceed six hours daily for men, and five hours for women, a minimum of one hour rest in the middle of the working day. 

Overtime

The maximum duration of work may be up to 12 hours per day (including overtime). The wage or salary for overtime work shall be paid at a rate of 50% of increase (overtime for urgent work).

Probation Period

The maximum probationary period is three months. During the probationary period, the employee is not entitled to benefit from any type of leave-even sick leave. If they want to take any leave, it will be considered as unpaid leave.

Termination Notice Period

The length of notice varies according to the length of the employee’s employment as follows:

Service PeriodNotice Period
Under 3 years1 month
3 to 6 years:2 months
6 to 12 years3 months
Over 12 years4 months

Leave / Time Off

Annual Leave

Employees who have completed one year of employment are entitled to annual leave according to their period of employment with full pay as follows:

Service PeriodAnnual Leave Entitlement
1 completed year to 5 years15 days
From 5 to 10 years17 days
From 10 to 15 years19 days
More than 15 years21 days

Sick Leave

Employees who have been working for the same entity for a period exceeding the probation period (three months) are entitled to a paid sick leave as follows:

Service Period

Payable Salary

From 3 months to 2 years of employment:

100% of the salary payable for half a month and 50% of the salary payable for another half month

From 2 to 4 years of employment

100% of the salary payable for one month and 50% of the salary payable for another month.

From 3 months to 2 years of employment

100% of the salary payable for half a month and 50% of the salary payable for another half month

From 4 to 6 years of employment

100% of the salary payable for one and a half months and 50% of the salary payable for another one and a half months.

From 6 to 10 years of employment

100% of the salary payable for two months and 50% of the salary payable for another two months.

Above 10 years of employment

100% of the salary payable for two and a half months and 50% of the salary payable for another two and a half months.

Parental Leave

There are no statutory provisions for parental leave in Lebanon.

Maternity Leave

Presently, Lebanese legislation authorizes pregnant women to take no more than 10 weeks of personal leave with compensation.

Paternity Leave

Male employees are entitled to three days of paternity leave.

Other Types of Paid Leave

Bereavement Leave

Employees are granted paid leave for up to two days in the event of the death of a first level relative (father, mother, spouse, child, grandchild, sister, brother, grandfather or grandmother) with full pay. Employees are granted paid leave for up to one day in the event of the death of a second level relative (uncle, aunt, cousin, niece, nephew, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, father-in-law, or mother-in-law).

Proof of document (obituary paper) should be provided to the employer when the employee resumes work.

Marriage Leave

Employees are granted a one-week paid leave for their marriage, and this is only for “one time” during their employment with the company.

Statutory Benefits

The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) provides employees with insurance coverage for sickness and maternity care. It also covers family allowances, end-of-service pensions and work-related accidents and diseases. Employers are required to register all employees working for local and international firms with the NSSF.

An overview of mandatory employer contributions is presented below:

 

Benefits
Employer Contribution
Maximum Base
Maternity and Sickness Benefit Scheme
8%
LBP 5.6 million
Family Benefit Scheme
6%
LBP 3.425 million
End of service indemnity
8.5%
no ceiling

Health Insurance

Employers contribute 8% towards the Maternity and Sickness Benefit Scheme whilst employees contribute 3%. The maximum monthly earnings used to calculate the contributions is LBP 5.6 million.

Healthcare in Lebanon is funded by the Government, with citizens paying into a National Social Security Fund. This allows Lebanese citizens to access public healthcare facilities in the country, where they will typically be required to pay for their treatment upfront and then seek reimbursement from the fund.

Other Insurances

Accident Insurance

Accidental insurance is the employer’s liability, administered through a private carrier. 

Unemployment Insurance

Lebanon does not have a formal scheme of unemployment insurance or assistance.

Public Pension

Employers contribute 8.5% towards the End of Service benefit.

At the age of 60, an employee can ask for early retirement and end-of-service compensation (paid only once) provided 20 years of service has been completed. Noting that the retirement age is 64, employees no longer benefit from the NSSF. 

Other Statutory Benefits

Family Benefits

The employer pays 6% towards the Family Benefits Scheme. The maximum monthly earnings used to calculate the contributions is LBP 3.425 million.

Family allowances (Prestations familiales et scolaires) are paid to a wife who is not gainfully employed and for children younger than age 18 (age 25 if a full-time student or an unmarried, unemployed daughter; no limit if disabled).