Belarus, a landlocked country in Eastern Europe, is bordered by Russia to the northeast, Ukraine to the south, Poland to the west, and Lithuania and Latvia to the northwest. Until it became independent in 1991, the country was formerly known as Belorussia or White Russia. It was the smallest of the three Slavic republics included in the Soviet Union (the larger two being Russia and Ukraine).
40% of the land in Belarus is forested, and its strongest economic sectors are agriculture and manufacturing. High-skilled personnel established transitways, and good infrastructure could be named as positive aspects of Belarus’s investment climate.
*Please note that the official currency is the currency of remuneration when employed through WorkMotion in Belarus.
Belarusian Ruble (BYN)
Gesprochene Sprachen :
9.4 million (2020 est.)
$ (120 of 139)
Payroll Frequency :
reales BIP-Wachstum :
2.3% (2021 est.)
When hiring new employees in [Country] through WorkMotion, the approximate onboarding time is only 7 business days. This time may be affected for events beyond our control at present.
Our team ensures compliance with local employment legislation, as well as a quick and efficient onboarding process. The minimum onboarding time begins from the moment that WorkMotion has received all required information from both the client and the employee.
For more complex onboardings, this time may increase depending on the selected bouquet of contract inclusions and the right-to-work status of the employee.
The full standard duration of the workday should not exceed 40 hours per week. A rest break lasting at least 20 minutes and not more than two hours is provided to employees during the working day. The duration of weekly uninterrupted rest must be at least 42 hours.
Overtime work must not exceed 10 hours per working week and 180 hours per year for each employee, and the duration of daily work, including overtime, must not exceed 12 hours.
For overtime work and weekends, another unpaid rest day may be provided in exchange for the additional payment with the consent of the employee. At the same time, for hours of overtime work, one unpaid rest day should be provided at the rate of an eight-hour working day (one rest day for eight hours of overtime work).
The period of probation should not exceed three months, excluding the period of temporary incapacity for work and other periods when the employee was absent from work.
In Belarus, a minimum of one month’s notice is required to leave an organization. For termination during the probationary period, a minimum of 3-days notice is required.
The duration of the main vacation cannot be less than 24 calendar days. For employees who have long-term work experience in one organization or industry, the employer can establish additional leave for a long work experience of up to three calendar days.
The Social Security System in Belarus funds the payment of sickness benefits. For the first 12 days of illness, the amount of medical benefit is 80% of the average daily salary. Subsequent days of constant illness are reimbursed by 100% of the average daily salary.
For working women, regardless of their length of service, the employer is obliged, if they so wish, to grant parental leave until the child reaches the age of three at the end of their maternity leave.
During the period of leave to care for a child until the child reaches the age of three years, a monthly state social insurance benefit is assigned and paid in accordance with the procedure established by law.
Women are granted maternity leave of 126 calendar days (in cases of complicated childbirth, including the birth of two or more children – 140 calendar days). During the period of being on maternity leave, a state allowance for state social insurance is assigned and paid.
When a child is born and raised in a family, the employer is obliged, at the request of the child’s father (stepfather), to provide him with unpaid leave for no more than 14 calendar days. Other duration and (or) payment of leave at the birth of a child may be provided for by the collective agreement or the employer.
Employees are guaranteed paid leave and their position by the state in case of:
The employee may, following an individual written agreement with the employer, receive unpaid leave for a period not exceeding one year, which may be extended by a new agreement of the parties. For the duration of the leave, the employment contract is suspended, and no social security contributions are due.
Belarus utilizes universal healthcare. Healthcare in Belarus is supervised by the Ministry of Health and funded by social insurance taxes through the National Health Service. Belarusian healthcare is cheap and easily available, although specialized care is rare.
The employer contributes 6% towards social insurance.
The worker must be assessed with a work injury or occupational disease. Work injury benefits are reduced by up to 50% if the work injury is deemed to have been caused by gross negligence on the part of the insured.
Employer contributions vary from 0.6% to 1.5% of payroll depending on the assessed professional risk.
The employee must be unemployed and aged 16 or older, but younger than the normal retirement age. The insured must register at the state employment office as unemployed (must not be enrolled in a day program at an educational institute, enlisted in military or government service, or engaged in a business pursuit) and be able and willing to work. Unemployment must be involuntary.
Unemployment benefits are financed by social insurance contributions. The employer pays 6% of wages towards social insurance.
Pensions are guaranteed to every person unfit for work permanently residing in Belarus. Labor (insurance) pension is divided into the corresponding types: age, disability, and loss-of-breadwinner. The old-age retirement pension is granted upon the attainment of a generally established retirement age and the length of service during which compulsory insurance contributions were paid (pension insurance record).
Employers cntribute 28% towards the public pension.
The child allowance is paid to a mother, father, adoptive parent, or guardian caring for a child younger than age three. 35% of the national average wage from the relevant quarter is paid for the first eligible child, 40% for the second and subsequent eligible child, 45% for an eligible disabled child.
6% of employer-paid contributions (SICs) are also utilized for family allowances apart from other abovementioned benefits.
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