4. Types of leave

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Paid time off

Per year, employees are entitled to two weeks of paid vacation.

Public holidays

There are thirteen public holidays in Belize.

Sick days

After working for an employer for 60 days, an employee is entitled to sick leave. The employee is entitled to 16 days of paid maternity time in a 12-month term. The employee must present a medical report to the company in order to be paid.

Social insurance provides for illness after the 16th day. Sickness premiums are charged for up to 234 days; for the first 156 days, 80 percent of average weekly insurable earnings is paid, and for the next 78 days, 60 percent of average weekly insurable earnings is paid.

Maternity leave

Employees who give birth to a child are entitled to 14 weeks of paid maternity leave. Before the birth of the boy, you will take up to 7 weeks of leave. A prenatal leave of at least two weeks and a postnatal leave of at least seven weeks is required.

Employees are paid 80% of their gross weekly salary. The minimum weekly benefit is 44.00 BZD, and the highest weekly benefit is 384.00 BZD.

Paternity leave

After working for an employer for 60 days, an employee is entitled to sick leave. The employee is entitled to 16 days of paid maternity time in a 12-month term. The employee must present a medical report to the company in order to be paid.

Social insurance provides for illness after the 16th day. Sickness premiums are charged for up to 234 days; for the first 156 days, 80 percent of average weekly insurable earnings is paid, and for the next 78 days, 60 percent of average weekly insurable earnings is paid.

Parental leave

Parental leave in Belize is also not required by the law.

Other leave

5. Employment termination

There is no information about employment information for this country.

Termination process

Unless an employer can demonstrate a compelling reason for dismissal without notice (for example, owing to misbehavior, disobedience, lack of expertise, disregard of responsibilities, or absence without authorization), written notice is needed.

Notice period

The notice period is determined by the length of employment of the employee. Employees who have worked for more than two weeks to six months will be given a week's notice. After six months to two years of work, there will be a two-week notice period. Employees with more than two years to five years of service will receive a four-week notice period. Finally, employees who have worked for the company for more than five years will be entitled to an eight-week notice period.

Probation period

The probation period is fixed at two weeks.

Severance pay

If the employee has worked for the company for five to ten years, the severance pay will be one week's wage for each year of service completed. If the employee has worked for the company for more than ten years, the severance pay will be two weeks' pay for each year of service.

6. Working hours

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

General working schedule

A typical workweek consists of 45 hours. A workday should not exceed nine hours without overtime, and all employees are entitled to a weekly rest day. Sunday is the customary rest day, though the employer may elect to include another day of the week in the employment contract.

Overtime

An employee is never required to work overtime, but may elect to do so. Overtime pay should be calculated for any hours worked beyond the agreed-upon schedule. Pay must be at least 150 percent of regular wages. If an employee works on his or her scheduled rest day, he or she should be compensated at the same overtime rate.

7. Minimum wage

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

The minimum wage for unskilled workers is 3.30 Belize dollars (BZ) per hour in all sectors. If an employee possesses a certificate or additional training in their field, they have the ability to bargain for a higher wage. Additionally, the Wages Councils for various industries have the authority to adjust the minimum wage as they see fit.

8. Employee benefits

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

Because the nation has public health care and a social security fund, enforcing a health insurance is not required. If employers want to offer a health insurance plan, there are private health care facilities on the island.

The employment statutes do not specify any incentives or extra perks. Employers may provide these incentives as you see fit.

9. Taxes

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

Corporate tax

There is currently no information regarding the corporate tax rate in Belize.

Individual income tax

Individuals in Belize are imposed an income tax rate that ranges from 0 to 25 percent. The actual percentage varies depending on the income tax bracket the individual belongs to.

VAT, GST and sales tax

The standard rate for the value-added tax (VAT) or goods and sales tax (GST) in Belize is set at 12.5 percent.

10. VISA and work permits

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

Before any foreigner may work in Belize, they must first get a work permit. The Ministry of Labour processes and approves the issuance of work permits for periods ranging from three to twelve months. Depending on the person's degree of ability, the Immigration Department and the permission charge might range from 100.00 BZD to 600.00 BZD.

The applicant will require the following items after receiving and completing the form:

1. three passport-sized photos (signed on the back)

2. A letter from San Pedro's Mayor describing the nature of the job request

3. A letter from the Belize Tourist Board outlining the nature of the job application

4. If an employer applies for the permit on behalf of a potential employee, the employer will invite them to an interview to demonstrate that a Belizean cannot fill the role.

5. Proof of at least six months' residency in Belize.

The Ministry of Labor typically takes at least one month to analyze, accept, or reject work permit applications.

11. Employer Of Record service terms

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

Employment contracts

The name of the employer or employers and the place of employment

Identification of the worker

The name and addresses of the worker’s relatives

The nature of the job

The duration of the employment and the method of calculating this duration

The appropriate period of notice to be given by the party wishing to terminate the contract

Wages and benefits

Any other specifications

Minimum assignment length

Employment contracts in Belize may be explicit, inferred, written, or oral, for a set period of time, for an indeterminate period of time, for an individual or for a group. Oral contracts are not legitimate and enforceable unless the employee's job begins within one month of the contract's date. The first two weeks of an oral contract are considered probationary and may be cancelled at any time by either party without notice. The parties may reach a different conclusion.

Employment contracts lasting more than three months must be in written and signed by the employee.

Payment currency

United States Dollar (USD)

Belize Dollar (BZD)

13.Opening a subsidiary in Belize

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

How to set up a subsidiary

You should develop a corporate structure before establishing a subsidiary. This strategy might cover the sort of business you want to start as well as where you want to be situated. Before beginning the incorporation procedure, decide on a place for doing business. You may then register your business name with the Companies and Corporate Affairs Registry.

After registering your name, you may apply to the Companies and Corporate Affairs Registry for incorporation. To finish the procedure, you'll need your memorandum and articles of incorporation.

It's time to get a trade license once you've received your certificate of incorporation. This license is necessary to run a business anywhere in the nation, and you may get it from the City Council. You must pay an annual fee to keep this license, which is typically equal to 25% of your company's leasing expenses.

To pay taxes and make contributions, you must also register with the Tax Service and the Social Security Board, as well as register for General Sales Tax (GST). GST is a tax on consumer expenditure that is levied at the time of importation as well as when goods or services are exchanged.

Subsidiary laws

A work permit is required to create a subsidiary. Unless you obtain the necessary approvals, you are not permitted to invest in the nation. When forming your business, make sure to secure a work permit from the Department of Immigration and Nationality.

The requisite memorandum and articles of organization are the most noteworthy subsidiary legislation. This paper serves as a blueprint for how you will conduct your business. It should include how you pick directors, manage money, and submit tax data.

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

Establishing an entity in

Belize

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

Belize

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

Belize

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

Belize

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

Belize

via our Employer of Record / PEO solution.

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