Guide to employment, payroll and benefits in

Saint Lucia

Rivermate offers complete payroll, benefits and compliance services for

Saint Lucia

01. Overview

Last updated: 

August 19, 2021

Currency
East Caribbean Dollar
Capital
Castries
Ease of doing business
Language
English
Population
183627
GDP growth
3.82%

02. Grow your team in

Saint Lucia

with Rivermate

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

Saint Lucia

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

Saint Lucia

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

Saint Lucia is a West Indian island nation located in the eastern Caribbean Sea, close to the Atlantic Ocean. The island was formerly known as Iyonola, a name given to it by the native Arawaks, and later as Hewanorra, a name given to it by the native Caribs, two distinct Amerindian peoples. It is situated north/northeast of the island of Saint Vincent, northwest of Barbados, and south of Martinique, and is part of the Lesser Antilles. It has a land area of 617 km2 and a population of 165,595 people according to the 2010 census. The French colonized Soufrière, which served as the island's first capital. Castries is the country's capital. The island's first European settlers were the French. In 1660, they concluded a treaty with the indigenous Island Caribs. From 1663 to 1667, England ruled over the island. It was at war with France fourteen times in the following years, and the island's rulers changed regularly. The British gained complete possession of the island in 1814. Saint Lucia was dubbed the "Helen of the West" because it alternated between British and French influence so often. Helen of Troy is a Greek mythological figure. In 1840, representative government was established. The island was a part of the West Indies Federation from 1958 to 1962. Saint Lucia became an independent country and a member of the Commonwealth of Nations on February 22, 1979. Saint Lucia is a mixed jurisdiction, which means that its legal structure is influenced by both civil and common law. St. Lucia's Civil Code of 1867 was based on the Quebec Civil Code of 1866, with English common law-style legislation added in. It is also a member of the Francophonie Internationale Organisation.

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

Both employees and employers have the legal right to terminate a contract with sufficient notice. Having stated that, the legal notice obligations for employees and employers are distinct. Employers may discharge an employee for grave misconduct, willful disobedience, repeated neglect of duties, repeated unexcused absences from work, refusal to follow health and safety procedures, theft or intentional damage to property, lack of qualifications, and conduct inconsistent with the terms of the employment contract.


Notice is not required in certain instances.


When an employee's performance is deemed inadequate, the employer must provide at least two written warnings at distinct periods outlining what the individual must improve. If the employee does not respond to these warnings after two reminders, the employer may terminate the employee's contract.

Notice period

The following notice is required of workers. Employees with a 12-week to five-year work history are entitled to a one-week notice period. Employees who have worked for the company for more than five years are entitled to two weeks' notice. Employer notice policies are as follows: one week for service between 12 weeks and two years; two weeks for service between two and five years; four weeks for service between five and ten years; and six weeks for service beyond ten years.

Severance pay

Severance pay requirements vary based on industry-specific collective agreements.

Probation period

The first 12 weeks of any employment under oral contrat of service is probationary employment.

07. Working hours

General

A standard work week is 40 hours with 8 hours of work per day. In order to get enough rest each day, no employee may work more than six consecutive days in a row. Employers may clarify different terms in the employment agreement on this day (Sunday) but not on all other days. The Sunday worker must be paid 200% of their normal wages if they are required to provide service.

Overtime

For any working time in excess of the prescribed hours, employers must pay an employee at least 150% of his or her usual rate of pay. Hospitality workers must not work more than 80 hours in two weeks without pay, but may work up to 40 hours in a seven-day week.

08. Minimum wage

General

In Saint Lucia, the Minimum and Equal Wages Commission is in charge of determining the minimum wage. A Minimum Wage Order may establish minimum remuneration for all employees or for a specific class of workers in a certain sector. There is no nationally recognized minimum wage for all employees in the country, although there are minimal standards for some sectors and professions.

09. Employee benefits

General

Employers are not required to provide health insurance schemes once the NIC is in place. Employee donations to the national fund must be matched.

Employees in Saint Lucia are not entitled to any incentives or extra perks under the country's labor regulations.

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

Establishing an entity in

Saint Lucia

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

Saint Lucia

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

Saint Lucia

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

Saint Lucia

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

Saint Lucia

via our Employer of Record / PEO solution.

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