Guide to employment, payroll and benefits in

Lebanon

Rivermate offers complete payroll, benefits and compliance services for

Lebanon

01. Overview

Last updated: 

August 19, 2021

Currency
Lebanese Pound
Capital
Beirut
Ease of doing business
54.3
Language
Arabica
Population
6825445
GDP growth
1.53%

02. Grow your team in

Lebanon

with Rivermate

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

Lebanon

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

Lebanon

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

Lebanon is a country in Western Asia that is formally recognized as the Lebanese Republic. Syria to the north and east, Israel to the south, and Cyprus to the west, all of which are separated by the Mediterranean Sea. Lebanon's strategic position at the crossroads of the Mediterranean Basin and the Arabian hinterland has shaped a religious and ethnically diverse cultural identity. It is one of the smallest recognised sovereign states on the Asian continent, with a land area of just 10,452 km2. Because Arabic is the country's official language, spoken Lebanese Arabic coexists with Modern Standard Arabic in everyday life. Lebanon's first traces of civilization dates back more than 7,000 years, predating documented history. The Phoenicians were a maritime community that existed in Lebanon for nearly three thousand years. The Roman Empire invaded the area in 64 BC, and it ultimately became one of the Roman Empire's most important Christian centers. A monastic practice known as the Maronite Church arose in the Mount Lebanon range. The Maronites maintained their faith and culture as the Arab Muslims invaded the area. However, a new religious community, the Druze, founded themselves in Mount Lebanon as well, resulting in a centuries-long religious divide. The Maronites re-established contact with the Roman Catholic Church and declared their communion with Rome during the Crusades. These relations have continued to control the region into the modern period. In the 16th century, the Ottomans invaded Lebanon and ruled it for the next 400 years. Following the fall of the Ottoman Empire after World War I, the French Mandate was extended to the five provinces that make up modern-day Lebanon. The French widened the Mount Lebanon Governorate's boundaries to include more Muslims, who were mostly Maronites and Druze. Lebanon developed a peculiar confessionalist system of government after gaining independence in 1943, with the main religious sects being given separate political powers. Lebanon's political and economic stability was initially intact, but the bloody Lebanese Civil War between different political and sectarian forces destroyed it. Syria and Israel also took military occupations as a result of the war. Despite its small scale, Lebanon's culture is well-known in the Arab world and around the world, thanks to its massive and active diaspora. Prior to the civil war, the country's economy was diverse, with tourism, agriculture, commerce, and banking all contributing. Lebanon received the nickname "Switzerland of the East" during the 1950s and 1960s due to its financial strength and stability, and its capital, Beirut, attracted so many visitors that it was dubbed "the Paris of the Middle East." There have been extensive attempts to boost the economy and restore national infrastructure since the end of the war.

04. Public holidays

05. Types of leave

Paid time off

After one year of service, employees are entitled to 15 days of paid annual leave. When the leave is taken may be determined by the employer. Employees are also entitled to two paid personal days in the event of a family death.

Public holidays

Lebanon observes the following holidays:New Year’s DayOrthodox ChristmasSt. Maroun’s DayRafik Hariri Memorial DayAnnunciation DayGood FridayEaster SundayOrthodox Good FridayOrthodox Easter SundayLabor DayMartyrs’ DayResistance and Liberation DayEid al-FitrEid al-AdhaAssumption of the Virgin MaryIslamic New YearAshuraThe Prophet’s BirthdayIndependence DayChristmas DayIf a public holiday occurs on the weekend, employees do not receive a substitute day.

Sick days

The length of sick leave is determined by the length of time an employee has worked for the company. If an employee's sick leave exceeds 30 days and they need more sick days, the additional days are deducted from their annual vacation leave days, up to a maximum of eight days.

Maternity leave

Employers provide 10 weeks of paid maternity leave to female employees. Employees may also be eligible for reimbursements for maternity care under Lebanon's social security system. Although a male employee may be absent on the day of his child's birth, there is currently no right to paternity leave in Lebanon.

Paternity leave

A proposal to provide up to three days of paternity leave is pending Parliament's approval.

Parental leave

Other than the already mentioned terms for maternity leave in Lebanon, there are no other provisions in the law regarding parental leave.

Other leave

06. Employment termination

Termination process

The contract may be terminated by either the employer or the employee. This needs a written termination notice that indicates unequivocally why the employee is being terminated.


Employees are entitled to leave work one hour early each day during the notice period in order to seek alternative employment. Pregnant employees, as well as those on maternity, sick, or vacation leave, are not eligible for termination notice. In some limited circumstances, an employer may cancel a contract without providing notice or paying severance.

Notice period

In Lebanon, the notice period is between one and four months.

Severance pay

The severance payment is generally one month of salary for every year of service.

Probation period

When an employee is hired for the first time, he or she is placed on a three-month probationary period. Following the trial period, the employer must pay at least the monthly minimum wage of 675, 000 LBP.

07. Working hours

General

The standard workweek is 48 hours with 36 hours of rest, which equates to approximately 8 hours per day with one hour of rest.

Overtime

Employees may work overtime, but the total number of hours worked per day, including regular hours and overtime, cannot exceed 12 hours. Employers are required to notify the Social Affairs Service of any overtime worked by an employee within the preceding 24 hours.

08. Minimum wage

General

Lebanon's minimum wage is 30,000 Lebanese pounds (LBP) per day, or 675,000 LBP per month. However, this wage was last changed in 2012, and it is possible that it will change again in the coming years. While this is the minimum wage, keep in mind that certain positions or industries may require a higher wage.

09. Employee benefits

General

In Lebanon, primary healthcare is available through public and private health insurance. The National Social Security Fund is primarily responsible for funding public health insurance (NSSF). The Ministry of Public Health pays for hospitalization costs for people who do not have public health insurance (MOPH).

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

Establishing an entity in

Lebanon

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

Lebanon

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

Lebanon

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

Lebanon

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

Lebanon

via our Employer of Record / PEO solution.

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