Guide to employment, payroll and benefits in


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01. Overview

Last updated: 

August 19, 2021

Belarusian Ruble
Ease of doing business
GDP growth

02. Grow your team in


with Rivermate

Payroll, benefits, taxes, and compliance can be difficult to manage in


, particularly if you don't have established local relationships. You can hire employees in


effectively, conveniently, and in full compliance with all relevant labor laws using Rivermate's global employment solution. We handle the responsibilities and legal risks associated with foreign employment so you can concentrate on growing your company.

03. Summary

Belarus is a landlocked nation in Eastern Europe, officially known as the Republic of Belarus. It is bordered on the east and northeast by Russia, on the south by Ukraine, on the west by Poland, and on the northwest by Lithuania and Latvia. Belarus is the thirteenth-largest and twentieth-most populous country in Europe, with a land area of 207,600 square kilometers and a population of 9.4 million people. The country is divided into seven administrative regions. The capital and biggest city is Minsk. Until the twentieth century, numerous states, including Kievan Rus', the Principality of Polotsk, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, and the Russian Empire, dominated the lands of modern-day Belarus. Following the 1917 Russian Revolution, various states emerged, vying for legitimacy in the midst of the Civil War, eventually leading to the rise of the Byelorussian SSR, which became a founding constituent republic of the Soviet Union in 1922. Belarus lost almost half of its territories to Poland during the Polish-Soviet War. After the Soviet invasion of Poland in 1939, some lands of the Second Polish Republic were reintegrated into Belarus, and the boundaries were finalized after World War II. During WWII, military operations ravaged Belarus, which lost roughly a quarter of its population and half of its economic capital. In the postwar years, the republic was redeveloped. Along with the Soviet Union, the Byelorussian SSR became a founding member of the United Nations in 1945. On July 27, 1990, the republic's parliament declared Belarus' sovereignty, and Belarus declared independence on August 25, 1991, after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Following the adoption of a new constitution in 1994, Alexander Lukashenko was elected president of Belarus in the country's first and only free election since independence, and has held the position ever since. Human rights organizations consider Lukashenko's government to be oppressive and the country's human rights to be weak. Belarus is the only country in Europe that uses the death penalty on a regular basis. Lukashenko kept a variety of policies from the Soviet period, such as state control of large parts of the economy. Belarus and Russia formed the Union State in 2000 after signing a treaty for greater cooperation. Belarus is a developing nation with a high Human Development Index score. It has been a member of the United Nations since its inception, as well as the CIS, the CSTO, the EAEU, and the Non-Aligned Movement. Although it has expressed no desire to join the European Union, it maintains a bilateral relationship with it and participates in two EU projects: the Eastern Partnership and the Baku Initiative.

04. Public holidays

05. Types of leave

Paid time off

Employees in Belarus are entitled to more than 24 paid vacation days.

Public holidays

There are nine non-working public holidays in Belarus.

Sick days

For the first 12 days of incapacity, employees receive 80% of their average daily earnings.

Maternity leave

In Belarus, the current maternity leave is:126 days of paid maternity leave (140 days if medical conditions arise or if two or more children are born), plus three years of unpaid maternity leave during which the job vacancy must remain available (the mother can resume work earlier if she wants to),If a second child is born during these three years, the maternity leave period will begin all over again.

Paternity leave

Fathers in Belarus can receive at most fourteen days of unpaid leave in the first six months after the birth of their child.

Parental leave

This is indicated in both the maternity and paternity leaves.

Other leave

06. Employment termination

Termination process

In Belarus, an employment contract may be terminated under the following circumstances: agreement by both parties, when the contract's term expires except when neither party desires termination, if initiated by either party (employer or employee), if the employee agrees to be transferred to an elective position, or if the employee objects to relocation to another location. Employers, on the other hand, find it difficult to fire employees, and they must give good reasons. Unless otherwise specified in the agreement, the notice period must be two months.

Notice period

A notice period of at least one month is required.

Severance pay

Severance payments are determined by the employment contract but should typically equal two weeks' pay for the employee.

Probation period

Employers may impose a three-month probationary period. A minimum of three days' notice is required for early termination during the probationary period.

07. Working hours


Belarus's standard workweek is 40 hours spread over five days. A working day's duration, including overtime hours, cannot exceed 12 hours.


Overtime should be limited to 12 hours per day, 10 hours per week, and 180 hours per year. Time off is granted in lieu of overtime compensation.

Overtime work is permitted only with the employee's consent and in exchange for the corresponding overtime pay or additional days off. Employees working on overtime must be compensated at a rate of 200 percent of their regular pay.

08. Minimum wage


Belarus's minimum wage is 1,450 BYR (560 USD) per month as of 2021, according to Belarus compensation laws. Bonuses and a 13th month of pay are common, though they are not required by law.

09. Employee benefits


Belarusian citizens are eligible to public healthcare; nevertheless, most companies provide supplementary health insurance coverage.

Workers in the rapidly expanding IT industry pay lower income tax rates, earn higher wages, and enjoy Western-style benefits and bonuses.

10. Why Rivermate as your Employer of Record / PEO?

Establishing an entity in


to hire a team takes time, money, and effort. The labor law in


has strong worker employment protection, requiring great attention to details and a thorough awareness of local best practices. Rivermate makes expanding into


simple and effortless. We can assist you with hiring your preferred talent, managing HR and payroll, and ensuring compliance with local legislation without the hassle of establishing a foreign branch office or subsidiary. Our PEO and Global Employer of Record solutions in


give you peace of mind so you can focus on running your business.

Please contact us if you'd like to learn more about how Rivermate can help you hire employees in


via our Employer of Record / PEO solution.

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