Guide to employment, payroll and benefits in


Rivermate offers complete payroll, benefits and compliance services for


01. Overview

Last updated: 

August 19, 2021

United States Dollar
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

Guam is a US territory in the Micronesia subregion of the western Pacific Ocean that is unified but unincorporated. It is the United States' westernmost point and territory; in Oceania, it is the largest and southernmost of the Mariana Islands, as well as Micronesia's largest island. The capital of Guam is Hagta, and Dededo is the most populous city. Guamanians are naturalized citizens of the United States. The CHamoru, formerly known as the Chamorro, are indigenous Guamanians who are related to Austronesian tribes from Indonesia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Micronesia, and Polynesia. Guam has a population of 168,801 people as of 2021. Chamorus are the largest ethnic group on the multi-ethnic island, but they are a minority. The area is 210 square miles in size, with a population density of 775 people per square mile. Around 3,500 years ago, the Chamoru people arrived on the island. On March 6, 1521, while serving for Spain, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan became the first European to visit the island. In 1668, Spain founded a colony on Guam. Guam was an vital stopover for the Spanish Manila Galleons between the 16th and 18th centuries. Guam was conquered by the United States on June 21, 1898, during the Spanish–American War. Spain ceded Guam to the United States on April 11, 1899, under the Treaty of Paris, signed on December 10, 1898. Guam, along with Wake Island in Micronesia, American Samoa and Hawaii in Polynesia, and the Philippines, was one of five American territories in the Pacific Ocean prior to WWII. Guam was seized by the Japanese on December 8, 1941, just hours after Pearl Harbor was attacked, and they occupied the island for two and a half years. Guamanians were subjected to forced labour, imprisonment, torture, and execution during the occupation. On July 21, 1944, American forces recaptured the island, which is now known as Liberation Day. Guam's economy has been largely funded by tourism and the United States military, for which Guam is a significant strategic asset. An unofficial but often used territorial slogan is "Where America's Day Begins," referring to the island's proximity to the International Date Line. Guam is one of the United Nations' 17 non-self-governing territories, and has been a member of the Pacific Community since 1983.

04. Public holidays

05. Types of leave

Paid time off

Public holidays

Sick days

Maternity leave

Paternity leave

Parental leave

Other leave

06. Employment termination

Termination process

Notice period

Severance pay

Probation period

07. Working hours


Guam generally has a 40-hour workweek.


Employees who work overtime are eligible to receive 1.5 times the regular wage.

08. Minimum wage


Since March 20, 2021, Guam's minimum wage has been set at $9.25 per hour.

09. Employee benefits


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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