Guide to employment, payroll and benefits in


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01. Overview

Last updated: 

August 19, 2021

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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

Mali is a landlocked country in West Africa, formally known as the Republic of Mali. Mali is Africa's eighth-largest nation, covering just over 1,240,000 square kilometers. Mali has a population of 19.1 million people. In 2017, it was projected that 67% of the population was under the age of 25. Bamako is the capital of Mali. Mali is a sovereign state made up of eight areas, with its northern boundaries extending deep into the Sahara Desert. The bulk of the country's people live in the Sudanian savanna, which is crossed by both the Niger and Senegal rivers. Agriculture and mining are the mainstays of the country's economy. Gold is one of Mali's most valuable natural resources, and the nation is the continent's third largest gold producer. Mali also exports salt. The Ghana Empire, the Mali Empire, and the Songhai Empire were once part of three West African empires that dominated trans-Saharan trade. The Mali Empire spanned an region about twice the size of modern-day France and extended all the way to Africa's west coast at its height in 1300. During the Scramble for Africa in the late 1800s, France took possession of Mali and annexed it to French Sudan. In 1959, French Sudan and Senegal merged to form the Mali Federation, which gained independence in 1960. Following Senegal's exit from the union, the Sudanese Republic proclaimed independence as the Republic of Mali shortly after. A coup in 1991 resulted in the writing of a new constitution and the establishment of Mali as a democratic, multi-party state after a long time of one-party rule. An armed conflict erupted in northern Mali in January 2012, with Tuareg rebels seizing control of a region in the north and declaring the independence of a new state, Azawad, in April. A military coup in March aggravated the situation, as did later fighting between Tuareg and other rebel groups. In January 2013, the French military launched Opération Serval in reaction to territorial gains. Malian and French forces recaptured the majority of the north a month later. On July 28, 2013, presidential elections were held, with a second-round run-off on August 11, and legislative elections were held on November 24 and 15, 2013. Mali is currently experiencing a coup d'etat. Following a mutiny sparked by demonstrations over continued economic problems and a deteriorating national security situation, the country's president and prime minister were detained by the military on August 18, 2020, and both resigned the next day.

04. Public holidays

05. Types of leave

Paid time off

Employees may collect annual leave at a rate of 2.5 days each month worked, for a total of 30 calendar days a year, in addition to public holidays. After 15 years of service, employees earn two more days, four more days after 20 years of service, and six more days after 25 years of service.A period of leave of fewer than 15 days should be taken in a continuous manner. If an employee has more than 15 days of annual leave, one of those days must be 15 days, and the rest can be taken as the company and employee agree.Those under the age of 18 are entitled to 24 days of yearly leave, whereas employees aged 18 to 21 are entitled to 21 days. Employees in these age categories are not entitled to yearly leave based on their duration of service.For each kid under the age of 15, female employees are entitled to an additional day of leave.

Public holidays

New Year’s DayArmed Forces DayMartyrs’ DayEaster MondayLabour DayEid al-FitrAfrica DayEid al-AdhaIndependence DayMawlidProphet’s BaptismChristmas Day

Sick days

Employees who hold a medical certificate are eligible to sick leave.

Maternity leave

Employees who have worked for nine months are entitled to 14 weeks of paid maternity leave, which begins six weeks before the due date. If the baby is delivered before the predicted due date, the rest time following the birth is prolonged to the full 14 weeks. If there are medical issues, this period might be prolonged by three weeks.Mali's social security scheme may provide maternity benefits to female employees. Employees must live in Mali and have worked for at least nine months in a covered position to be eligible.

Paternity leave

Employees with male partners are entitled to three days of paid paternity leave. This leave must be taken within 15 days following the birth of the child.

Parental leave

Other than the already mentioned terms for maternity and paternity leaves, there are no other provisions regarding parental leave that are specified in the Mali labor laws.

Other leave

06. Employment termination

Termination process

A contract of employment can be cancelled at the conclusion of the contract term (if it is fixed), by the employer (with or without cause), or by the employee. While the employer has the right to cancel a fixed-term contract, the employee is legally entitled to compensation. A permanent contract may be ended by either party by providing the other party with written notice. Employers are obligated to notify the Labor Inspector in writing if they terminate a contract after three months of employment.

Notice period

The notice period varies according to the employee's designation. The notice period is eight days for weekly employees. The notice period is one month for monthly employees. Two months' notice is required of supervisors. The notice period is three months for executives and those in managerial positions.

Severance pay

Severance payment is required unless termination is because of misconduct or specific economic reasons.

Probation period

The duration of the notice period is the same as the probation period.

07. Working hours


The standard workweek is 40 hours and the day is eight hours.


Overtime is permitted for up to 18 hours per week, with a maximum of 60 hours per week authorized by the labor inspector.

08. Minimum wage


The monthly minimum wage is 28,465 CFA francs. In addition to the minimum wage, the employer is responsible for ensuring that all employees receive social security and health care benefits. Keep in mind that any type of trade union or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) has the potential to change these laws, but they are not very common in the country.

09. Employee benefits


Although the state offers universal healthcare, some businesses provide private healthcare as a perk.

Hospitalization, medications, maternity care, outpatient care, laboratory analysis, dental treatment, medical imaging, and general and specialty consultations are all covered by government insurance.

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


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