Facts & stats
Belarus, officially the Republic of Belarus, is located in Eastern Europe. The country is surrounded by Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia. Belarus ranks relatively well in life expectancy, quality of education, and GDP per capita (especially when compared with other Eatern European nations). All of these factors play a key role in increasing the country's Human Development Index. It is a member of the UN, CIS, EAEU, and the CSTO. Belarus is not a member of the European Union and uses their own Belarusian Ruble as currency.
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Employing in Belarus requires employers to own a legal entity in the country and manage payroll, tax, benefits, and compliance through their own in-country resources. Specific employment regulations in Belarus make full compliance with employment laws a complex process.
Belarus, like many other countries, treats self-employed individuals or contractors and full-time employees differently. There are significant risks associated with misclassification.
Employing in Belarus
For organizations looking to hire in Belarus, the first step is to understand the employment laws and labor code of Belarus. Employment contracts can be drawn up for an indefinite term, a fixed term, or for a temporary period. Regulations are often updated and there were several amendments made to the country’s labor code in 2020. There has been a recent addition to the code of a new section (Section 25-1) covering the approach employers must take with regards to remote work.
The following are only guidelines in the broadest sense, and professional legal services are recommended when employing in Belarus.
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In Belarus, the minimum wage is 400 Belarusian Rubles per month in 2021.
For customers of Remote, all employee payments will be made in equal bi-monthly instalments, payable in arrears.
We can help you get a new employee started in Belarus fast. The minimum onboarding time we need is just three weeks.
Our team ensures your employees are onboarded and paid as quickly as possible while keeping your business compliant with all local employment legislation. The minimum onboarding time begins after the employee submits all required information onto the Remote platform. The onboarding timeline is also dependent upon registration with local authorities.
For all non-nationals of the country of employment, the Right to Work assessment (if applicable) will add three extra days to the total time to onboard. There may be extra time required if we need to follow-up on the right to work assessment.
Please note, payroll cut-off dates can impact the actual first day of employment. Remote has a payroll cut-off date of the 10th of the month unless otherwise specified.
Competitive benefits package in Belarus
Beyond providing your employees with all statutory benefits in Belarus, Remote can help you create a competitive custom benefits package for your Belarus team. If you have questions about any type of benefit, let us know.
Taxes in Belarus
Learn how employment taxes affect your payroll and your employees’ paychecks in Belarus.
- 28% - Pension,
- 6% - Health Insurance
- 34% - Total Employment Cost
Employee payroll taxes
- 1% - Pension Fund
Employee income taxes
- Income for Belarusian employees is generally taxed at a flat rate of 13% (there are a small number of specific exceptions).
Types of leave
All employees are entitled to a basic annual leave quota of 24 calendar days. Every employee is also entitled to nine paid public holidays. National Holidays in Belarus are classified into state holidays and other holidays and commemorative days, including religious holidays.
- Pregnancy and
Expecting mothers are entitled to 18 weeks (126 days) of paid leave with 100 % pay. This can be increased to 140 days in the case of any medical complications or if two or more kids are born at the same time. Mothers can also access three years of unpaid maternity leave, and the employee’s position must be kept open for this time. The employee can resume work earlier than planned if desired.
Unfortunately, fathers and partners have no paid leave entitlements in Belarus. However, 14 days of unpaid leave is available to parents in the first six months after the child’s birth. Therefore it's not a mandatory requirement to pay your employee for this leave, but this is becoming a more common practice for leading companies.
- Employees receive 80% of their average daily earnings for the first 12 days of general illness or injury.
Belarusian employers have the obligation to provide reasons to the employee for termination based on the employee’s conduct at work, business-related economic reasons, and/or the ability of the employee to perform duties at work effectively.
Additional clauses related to termination must be included in the contract between the employee and employer. The contract must cover clauses related to the following scenarios, and what happens when the duration of the contract comes to an end.
Type of terminations:
- By mutual agreement
- The fixed term contract’s term naturally expires
- The employee agrees to be transferred to a different and new position
- The employee disagrees with moving to a new work location
- The employee disagrees with new labor conditions or re-organization of the company (often relevant in the event of an acquisition)
If an employment contract is terminated after a probationary period the employer must provide valid and just reason. The notice period must be a minimum of two months unless this is otherwise stated in an agreement.
In Belarus, employers must offer a minimum of one-month notice period. The maximum notice period that can be established is three months.
Usually, severance payment details are specified in the employment contract. Generally a default minimum of two weeks of the employee’s average salary is applied.
In Belarus, the maximum probation period is up to three months. In the case of early termination during the probationary period, a minimum of three days’ notice is required.