Guide to employment, payroll and benefits in


Rivermate offers complete payroll, benefits and compliance services for


01. Overview

Last updated: 

August 19, 2021

Liberian 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

Liberia is a West African country whose official name is the Republic of Liberia. Sierra Leone is to the northwest, Guinea is to the north, the Ivory Coast is to the east, and the Atlantic Ocean is to the south-southwest. It is home to approximately 5 million people and spans an area of 111,369 square kilometers. The official language is English, but there are over 20 indigenous languages spoken, reflecting the diverse ethnic groups that make up more than 95% of the population. Monrovia is the country's capital and largest city. Liberia was founded by the American Colonization Society, which claimed that black people would have more opportunities for independence and prosperity in Africa than in the United States. On July 26, 1847, the nation declared its independence. During the American Civil War, the United States did not recognise Liberia's independence until February 5, 1862. More than 15,000 freed and free-born people of color who suffered social and legal injustice in the United States, as well as 3,198 Afro-Caribbeans, fled to the settlement between January 7, 1822, and the outbreak of the American Civil War in 1861. The settlers brought their customs and culture with them. Liberia's constitution and flag are based on those of the United States. After the citizens of Liberia declared independence on January 3, 1848, Joseph Jenkins Roberts, a rich, free-born African American from Virginia who had settled in Liberia, was elected Liberia's first president. Liberia was the first African republic to declare independence, and it remains Africa's first and oldest modern republic. During the Scramble for Africa, it maintained its freedom. During World War II, Liberia aided the US war effort against Germany, and the US responded by investing in significant infrastructure in Liberia to assist the country's war effort, as well as modernizing and upgrading its main air transportation facilities. President William Tubman also pushed for economic reform. Liberia was a founding member of the League of Nations, the United Nations, and the Organisation of African Unity on the international stage. The indigenous peoples they met, especially those in more isolated "bush" societies, did not take well to the Americo-Liberian settlers. The Kru and Grebo raided the colonial settlements from their inland chiefdoms. Indigenous tribesmen were denied birthright citizenship in their own land until 1904. Americo-Liberians grew into a small elite that controlled political influence. Americo-Liberians encouraged religious groups to establish missions and schools to educate the indigenous peoples. In 1980, political tensions resulting from William R. Tolbert's rule culminated in a military coup in which Tolbert was killed, signaling the end of Americo-Liberian rule and the start of years of political instability.

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

An employee may be discharged if he or she commits a "serious breach of duty" or demonstrates a "complete inability to function." Unprovoked assault on the employer; repeated contempt for employer-imposed safety precautions; and revelation of firm working secrets are all examples of "gross breach of duty."

Employers may terminate an employee's employment contract if they offer at least two weeks written notice if the employee is a casual employee and four weeks if the employee is a salaried employee. Compensation may be paid in lieu of notice. Employees who commit a flagrant breach of duty, on the other hand, may be terminated without notice or severance compensation.

Notice period

Employers may terminate employment contracts with at least two weeks written notice (casual employee) or four weeks written notice (permanent employee) (salaried employee). Compensation may be paid in lieu of notice. Employees who commit a flagrant breach of duty, on the other hand, may be terminated without notice or severance pay.

Severance pay

Unless they commit a heinous act of misconduct, employees are entitled to severance pay in the amount of their remaining wages due. Employees may also be entitled to redundancy or severance pay if their employer declares bankruptcy or enters liquidation.

Probation period

Probationary periods are at least one month in length and cannot exceed three months under Liberian employment law.

07. Working hours


Working hours may not exceed eight hours per day or forty-eight hours per week. Additionally, employees are entitled to a weekly rest period of 24 hours uninterrupted.


08. Minimum wage


A national minimum wage does not exist in Liberia. Rather, this wage is determined by the type of employee. Unskilled laborers, for example, must be paid at least 15 Liberian dollars per hour, while civil servants must be paid at least 5,600 Liberian dollars per month.

Certain Liberian labor unions wield more clout in the country and are negotiating or have already achieved wage increases. The United Workers Union of Liberia (UWUL) and ArcelorMittal Liberia (AML) recently signed a labor contract that will raise wages by 14.5 percent for miners, forklift drivers, and other workers.

09. Employee benefits


Paid time off is only available to workers who have been with the business for at least three years. Employees get two weeks of paid vacation after three years, and four weeks after five years.

Female workers should be entitled to three months of full-pay maternity leave. These women are not permitted to be dismissed for any reason connected to their pregnancy. There is no legislative paternity leave policy in Liberia, nor is there any mandated sick leave.

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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