Guide to employment, payroll and benefits in

Belize

Rivermate offers complete payroll, benefits and compliance services for

Belize

01. Overview

Last updated: 

August 19, 2021

Currency
Belize Dollar
Capital
Belmopan
Ease of doing business
55.5
Language
English
Population
397628
GDP growth
1.44%

02. Grow your team in

Belize

with Rivermate

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

Belize

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

Belize

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

Belize is a Caribbean nation situated on Central America's northeastern coast. Belize is bordered by Mexico on the north, the Caribbean Sea on the east, and Guatemala on the south and west. It has a population of 419,199 people and covers an area of 22,970 square kilometers. Its mainland is approximately 290 kilometers long and 110 kilometers wide. It has Central America's lowest population and population density. The country's annual population growth rate of 1.87% is the second highest in the region and one of the highest in the Western Hemisphere. Between 1500 BC and AD 300, the Maya Civilization expanded into Belize and flourished until around 1200. Christopher Columbus sailed along the Gulf of Honduras in 1492, marking the beginning of European contact. In 1638, English settlers started exploring Europe. Spain and Britain both claimed the land during this period, before Britain defeated the Spanish in the Battle of St. George's Caye. In 1840, it became a British colony known as British Honduras, and in 1862, it became a Crown colony. On September 21, 1981, the country declared independence from the United Kingdom. Belize's population is complex, with many cultures and languages reflecting the country's long history. It is the only Central American country where English is the official language, but Belizean Creole is the most commonly spoken national language, with over a third of the people speaking it as their first language. Spanish is the second most commonly spoken language, with over half of the population being multilingual. Belize is known for its September Celebrations, extensive barrier reef coral reefs, and punta music. Belize's abundance of terrestrial and marine species, as well as its diverse habitats, make it an important part of the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor. It is a Central American and Caribbean country with close links to both the Americas and the Caribbean. It is the only country with full membership in all three regional organizations: the Caribbean Community, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, and the Central American Integration System. Belize is the only Commonwealth realm in continental Central America, with Queen Elizabeth II as monarch and head of state, who is served by a Governor General.

04. Public holidays

05. Types of leave

Paid time off

Per year, employees are entitled to two weeks of paid vacation.

Public holidays

There are thirteen public holidays in Belize.

Sick days

After working for an employer for 60 days, an employee is entitled to sick leave. The employee is entitled to 16 days of paid maternity time in a 12-month term. The employee must present a medical report to the company in order to be paid.Social insurance provides for illness after the 16th day. Sickness premiums are charged for up to 234 days; for the first 156 days, 80 percent of average weekly insurable earnings is paid, and for the next 78 days, 60 percent of average weekly insurable earnings is paid.

Maternity leave

Employees who give birth to a child are entitled to 14 weeks of paid maternity leave. Before the birth of the boy, you will take up to 7 weeks of leave. A prenatal leave of at least two weeks and a postnatal leave of at least seven weeks is required.Employees are paid 80% of their gross weekly salary. The minimum weekly benefit is 44.00 BZD, and the highest weekly benefit is 384.00 BZD.

Paternity leave

No law in Belize requires that companies provide their employees paternity leaves.

Parental leave

Parental leave in Belize is also not required by the law.

Other leave

06. Employment termination

Termination process

Unless an employer can demonstrate a compelling reason for dismissal without notice (for example, owing to misbehavior, disobedience, lack of expertise, disregard of responsibilities, or absence without authorization), written notice is needed.

Notice period

The notice period is determined by the length of employment of the employee. Employees who have worked for more than two weeks to six months will be given a week's notice. After six months to two years of work, there will be a two-week notice period. Employees with more than two years to five years of service will receive a four-week notice period. Finally, employees who have worked for the company for more than five years will be entitled to an eight-week notice period.

Severance pay

If the employee has worked for the company for five to ten years, the severance pay will be one week's wage for each year of service completed. If the employee has worked for the company for more than ten years, the severance pay will be two weeks' pay for each year of service.

Probation period

The probation period is fixed at two weeks.

07. Working hours

General

A typical workweek consists of 45 hours. A workday should not exceed nine hours without overtime, and all employees are entitled to a weekly rest day. Sunday is the customary rest day, though the employer may elect to include another day of the week in the employment contract.

Overtime

An employee is never required to work overtime, but may elect to do so. Overtime pay should be calculated for any hours worked beyond the agreed-upon schedule. Pay must be at least 150 percent of regular wages. If an employee works on his or her scheduled rest day, he or she should be compensated at the same overtime rate.

08. Minimum wage

General

The minimum wage for unskilled workers is 3.30 Belize dollars (BZ) per hour in all sectors. If an employee possesses a certificate or additional training in their field, they have the ability to bargain for a higher wage. Additionally, the Wages Councils for various industries have the authority to adjust the minimum wage as they see fit.

09. Employee benefits

General

Because the nation has public health care and a social security fund, enforcing a health insurance is not required. If employers want to offer a health insurance plan, there are private health care facilities on the island.

The employment statutes do not specify any incentives or extra perks. Employers may provide these incentives as you see fit.

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

Establishing an entity in

Belize

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

Belize

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

Belize

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

Belize

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

Belize

via our Employer of Record / PEO solution.

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