4. Types of leave

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Paid time off

After a year of employment, employees are entitled to 15 days of paid annual leave, which increases to 20 days after five years. The dates for yearly leave are set by the employer, and it must be taken in one continuous time.

Public holidays

The following holidays are observed in Barbados:

New Year’s Day

Errol Barrow Day

Good Friday

Easter Monday

National Heroes’ Day

May Day

Whit Monday

Emancipation Day

Kadooment Day

Independence Day

Christmas Day

Boxing Day

If a public holiday occurs on a Sunday, it is moved to Monday.

Sick days

There is no such thing as paid sick time. Employers, on the other hand, frequently provide a number of paid sick days.

Maternity leave

After one year of work, female employees are entitled to 12 weeks of paid maternity leave. Expectant moms often take six weeks off before their due date, with the remaining weeks of maternity leave taken after the baby is born. In the event of a pregnancy-related sickness, maternity leave might be extended by six weeks.

Paternity leave

There is no such thing as paid sick time. Employers, on the other hand, frequently provide a number of paid sick days.

Parental leave

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

Other leave

5. Employment termination

There is no information about employment information for this country.

Termination process

Barbados labor laws provide the idea that an employee's employment for an indefinite period of time may not be terminated unless there is a valid cause for doing so that is related to the employee's ability or behavior or to the enterprise's operational requirements. This concept also applies to an employee's employment for a defined amount of time prior to the contract's stipulated expiration date.

Notice period

The notice period varies between one and ten weeks, based on the employee's length of service. Additional regulations apply to redundancy and disciplinary dismissals.

Probation period

There is currently no statutory provision governing probationary periods.

Severance pay

Severance pay should be 2.5 weeks' pay for each year of service up to ten years; 3 weeks' pay for each year of service over ten years and twenty years; and 3.5 weeks' pay for each year of service over 33 years. The employer of a pensioned employee may reduce severance pay to the extent of the employee's pension benefits due.

6. Working hours

There is no information about the working hours for this country.

General working schedule

Barbados' typical workweek is 40 hours, divided into eight hours each day. Every employee is entitled to two weekly rest days, which are usually Saturday and Sunday. These rest days, on the other hand, can be scheduled on any two days at the employer's choice.


Overtime is optional and is defined as any time spent outside of the contracted working hours. Employers are not permitted to compel overtime work at any time. On a weekday, workers should be paid 150 percent of their regular pay rate. On a public holiday, they should be paid 200 percent. Younger employees are subject to different rules.

7. Minimum wage

There is no information about the working hours for this country.

Employers are not required to pay bonuses to their employees, but may do so as part of their overall compensation package. Barbados is accustomed to performance-based bonuses.

As of April 2021, the country's national minimum wage is 8.50 Barbadian Dollars (4.23 USD) per hour. Employees may be paid on an hourly, daily, weekly, biweekly, or monthly basis as long as all arrangements result in a minimum hourly wage of BDD 8.50.

8. Employee benefits

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Barbados has a well-developed health-care infrastructure, both commercially and government funded. All workers are obliged to pay National Insurance and Social Security payments, which entitles them to free public health care.

Employers are not obliged to provide private health insurance plans, although they do have the choice to do so. Individuals with private health insurance may be able to visit a doctor sooner than those without and get better treatment. In most cases, public health care is an outstanding service provided by a well-established health-care system.

The country's labor regulations do not include any incentives or extra perks. Employers may opt to offer their own set of benefits to assist their workers.

9. Taxes

There is no information about the working hours for this country.

Corporate tax

For companies with profits not over Bds$1 million, the corporate tax rate is 5.5%.

For companies with profits over Bds$1 million but not over Bds$20 million, the corporate tax rate is 3.0 percent.

For companies with profits over Bds$20 million but not over Bds$30 million, the corporate tax rate is 2.5 percent.

For companies with profits over Bds$30 million, the corporate tax rate is 1.0 percent.

Individual income tax

Individuals in Barbados are imposed an income tax rate that ranges from 25 percent to 38 percent. The actual percentage varies depending on the income tax bracket the individual belongs to.

VAT, GST and sales tax

The standard value-added tax rate in Barbados is set at 17.5 percent. For hotel services, the VAT is 7.5 percent.

10. VISA and work permits

There is no information about the working hours for this country.

It is important to note that Barbados is not a party to any trade agreement in and of itself. It has signed some trade treaties with other countries in the hemisphere and further afield under the auspices of CARICOM. In other words, because this country is not a member of a specific visa agreement, it is very easy to enter and stay within its borders for a short period of time.

Barbados does not offer a wide range of visas because most countries are free to enter without a visa for a short-term stay. However, because of the coronavirus pandemic, there are some restrictions in place, such as quarantine and health declarations.

Furthermore, the maximum stay permitted in visa-free countries varies. Most countries can stay for 90 days, but others can stay for shorter or even longer periods of time.

11. Employer Of Record service terms

There is no information about the working hours for this country.

Employment contracts

The start date, job title, job description, work hours, probation term, notice period, workplace location, and yearly leave entitlement must all be included in a formal employment contract.

Minimum assignment length

Employers may utilize fixed-term contracts for short-term projects and indefinite contracts for long-term labor.

Payment currency

Barbadian Dollar (BBD)

13.Opening a subsidiary in Barbados

There is no information about the working hours for this country.

How to set up a subsidiary

You must prepare for the application before beginning the subsidiary formation procedure. It is important to create your company's structure, which includes forming a board of directors and locating a physical place for doing business. You may buy a building or develop your own office space, but creating your own property would need permits.

The subsidiary creation procedure include submitting an application to the proper government authorities. While other nations need many government permissions, in Barbados, you only need to engage with one agency to establish your organization – the Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Office.

You must submit at least two firm names to this office in order of choice, and they will provide you what is available. You must also provide information such as your official address, business data, and the names and addresses of your shareholders. Your incorporation will be complete after the Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Office verifies these things.

Then, depending on the sort of business you wish to operate, you must legally register your company. In general, the procedure entails:

1. Making any needed capital payments.

2. Providing a lawyer's statement of conformity.

3. Receiving a Certificate of Good Standing from the Office of Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property.

Subsidiary laws

The subsidiary rules differ depending on the kind of business you establish, but there are a few restrictions that apply to all sorts. Your firm must have at least one director and a maximum number of directors. You must also meet any investment capital criteria for your business type.

The need for articles of organization is one of the most prominent subsidiary laws. These papers explain your company's operations and contain the following:

1. The procedure for naming directors.

2. The daily proceedings.

3. Financial management and filing

13. Why choose Rivermate as your Employer of Record / PEO in Barbados

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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