Remote’s guide to employing in Dominican Republic.
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Covered with palm-studded beaches, tropical rainforests, antique Spanish architecture, and plantations that produce half the bananas eaten across the world, the land of endless summer is more than just another vacation hotspot. The Dominican Republic has witnessed strides in economic growth that are unparalleled in the Americas, driven by gains in agriculture, mining, forestry, and a burgeoning tourism industry that hosts 6 million tourists annually.
10,878,246 (est. 2018)
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To employ in the Dominican Republic, companies must own a local legal entity in the country or work with a global employment solution. Managing payroll, benefits, taxes, and compliance in the Dominican Republic can get complicated, especially without established local relationships.
Remote’s global employment solution makes it easy for your company to employ workers in the Dominican Republic quickly, efficiently, and in full compliance with all applicable labor laws. We take on the responsibility and legal risks of international employment so you can focus on hiring great talent and growing your business.
Provisions for employee protections and workers’ rights are spelled out in the Labor Code of 1992 that applies to the nation’s entire workforce of 4.8 million. Employees in the Dominican Republic enjoy protections against discrimination based on age, religion, gender expression, and race.
Common questions that could come up during the hiring process include the minimum wage, overtime rates, and guaranteed paid time off. Remote can help you offer a complete, competitive, and compliant benefits package to your employees in the Dominican Republic.
|Saturday, January 1, 2022||New Year’s Day||National holiday|
|Monday, January 10, 2022||Three Kings Day||National holiday|
|Friday, January 21, 2022||Our Lady of Altagracia||National holiday|
|Monday, January 24, 2022||Juan Pablo Duarte||National holiday|
|Sunday, February 27, 2022||National Independence Day||National holiday|
|Friday, April 15, 2022||Good Friday||National holiday|
|Monday, May 2, 2022||Labor Day||National holiday|
|Thursday, June 16, 2022||Corpus Christi||National holiday|
|Tuesday, August 16, 2022||Restoration Day||National holiday|
|Saturday, September 24, 2022||Our Lady of Mercedes Day||National holiday|
|Sunday, November 6, 2022||Constitution Day||National holiday|
|Sunday, December 25, 2022||Christmas Day||National holiday|
At Remote, we’re obsessed with helping you craft the best possible employee experience for your team. We are leading the way in practicing “fair equity,” which means making sure employees everywhere have access to both the required and supplemental benefits they need to thrive (and that will allow you to attract the best local talent).
Our benefits packages in Dominican Republic are tailored to fulfill the local needs of your employees. Typically, our packages contain some or all of the following benefits:
Learn how employment taxes and statutory fees affect your payroll and your employees’ paychecks in Dominican Republic.
7.10%: Pension Funds
7.09%: Health Insurance/Family Healthcare
1.2%: Labor Risk Insurance
1%: Technical Education
2.87%: Pension Funds
3.04%: Health Insurance/Family Healthcare
0.5%: Technical Education
0%: Up to 416,220 DOP ($7,373)
15.00%: 416,220 - 624,329 DOP ($7,373 - 11,059)
20.00%: 624,329 - 867,123 DOP ($11,059 - 15,360)
25.00%: Over 867,123 DOP ($15,360+)
Employees are entitled to 14 days off annually after completing a year of employment, with four additional days after the fifth year is completed.
There are 12 public holidays that employees can take off work.
According to Dominican law, there is no difference between short-term sick leave and long-term sick leave. In any case, the Social Security Treasury must pay the employee a percentage of the worker’s contribution, but only if the sick leave is for more than four (4) days.
Female employees are entitled to 14 weeks of paid maternity leave, starting at least seven weeks before delivery.
Fathers are entitled to two days of paid paternity leave.
Employee contracts can either be terminated for just cause or at the employer’s discretion.
Employees can only be terminated at an employer’s discretion with adequate notice given, ranging from just seven days to 28 days notice.
Employees who’re dismissed at an employer’s discretion are entitled to severance payment proportional to their tenure working with an employer. If just cause for termination is provided, an employee won’t be owed any compensation.
As per Dominican Republic law, there are no probationary periods.