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Whether you want to hire one person or a whole team, Remote's guide to hiring employees and contractors in Lebanon can help you get started. Note that Remote's employer of record services are not yet live in Lebanon.
Lebanon has an incredibly rich history. Sadly, the past decade has been underlined by complicated geopolitical events and ongoing instability in certain areas of the country.
Lebanon is wedged in between Israel and Syria. This location has proven both a blessing and a curse throughout human history. Lebanon contains an abundance of ancient Roman ruins, historic churches and mosques, and snow-capped desert peaks.
The small Middle Eastern jewel has always been an intoxicating clash of cultures and the melting pot of the capital Beirut is a nod to the nation’s past. It’s usual to hear a mix of Arabic, French, English, and even Armenian and Greek being spoken in the streets. The country’s food, music, art, and architecture are all a reflection of this multiculturalism.
Once known as the Paris of the Middle East, Beirut is dotted with breathtaking beachside restaurants, beautiful bars, and a thriving nightlife. Equally, pockets of Beirut and the country are strictly conservative in direct contrast with this progressive part of Lebanese culture.
The country is a middle-income, service-based economy with strong banking and tourism industries. The multicultural nature of the population means Beirut is littered with a large community of expats and employers will find a haven of experienced and highly educated professionals with the capacity and intention to work remotely.
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Note that we are busy building our own entity in Lebanon to provide you with the best possible employment solutions for your employees, but our employer of record service is not yet live in this country.
To employ in Lebanon, companies must own a local legal entity in the country or work with a global employment solution. Developing the processes required to manage payroll, benefits, taxes, and onboarding in countries like Lebanon can get complicated fast, especially without localized expertise.
If you’re looking to start hiring in a country like this, partnering with a global employment solution like Remote makes it easy for your company to employ workers quickly, cost-effectively, and in full compliance with all local legislation.
In the countries where we do offer our EOR services, Remote takes on the responsibility and legal risks of international employment so you can focus on hiring great talent and growing your business.
Workers' rights in Lebanon are protected by:
— all of which guarantee equal pay for equal work and protections against discrimination based on age, religion, gender expression, and race. Labor law provisions are enforced by the Lebanese Ministry of Labor and its associated agencies and offices.
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 Lebanon.
Below are national public holidays applicable for all regions in this country. Remote customers have access to a detailed list of regional public holidays within the Remote platform. Sign up now to access all public holiday information.
|Saturday, January 1, 2022||New Year's Day|
|Monday, January 31, 2022||Korean New Year Holiday|
|Tuesday, February 1, 2022||Korean New Year|
|Tuesday, March 1, 2022||March 1st Movement||Independence Movement Day|
|Thursday, May 5, 2022||Children's Day|
|Sunday, May 8, 2022||Buddha's Birthday|
|Monday, June 6, 2022||Memorial Day|
|Monday, August 15, 2022||Liberation Day||National Day|
|Friday, September 9, 2022||Harvest Festival Holiday||Day before Chuseok|
|Saturday, September 10, 2022||Harvest Festival||Chuseok|
|Sunday, September 11, 2022||Harvest Festival Holiday||Day after Chuseok|
|Monday, October 3, 2022||National Foundation Day|
|Sunday, October 9, 2022||Hangeul Day|
|Sunday, December 25, 2022||Christmas Day|
The Lebanese minimum wage stands at LBP 675,000 ($446) per month, although it’s largely nominal and employers and their workers often negotiate rates on a case-by-case basis.
Remote recommends paying a premium to attract top-talent: case in point, Remote pays every employee at least $40,000 no matter where they’re based across the world.
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).
We are still busy building our own entity in Lebanon, but our benefits packages for all countries 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 affect your payroll and your employees’ paychecks in Lebanon. Employers are required by law to withhold and remit any due payroll contributions on behalf of their employees.
8%: Social security (on a maximum salary of LBP 2.5 million i.e. $1,652 per month)
6%: Family benefit scheme (on a maximum salary of LBP 1.5 million, i.e. $991 per month)
8.5%: End of service compensation fund
3%: Medicare (on a maximum salary of LBP 2.5 million, i.e $1,652 per month)
Lebanese employees are entitled to 15 days’ annual vacation with full pay after a full year spent working for an employer.
Lebanon observes 20 public holidays for 2022. Working hours are limited to 8 - 12 hours per day and 48 hours weekly, and any overtime work must be compensated at 150% of the normal rate.
Decree No. 11802 (regulating occupational safety and health) provides protections for employees who fall ill due to their working conditions. Otherwise, employees generally earn sick leave depending on their tenure, as stated below:
Female employees are entitled to 10 weeks of job-protected maternity leave (with benefits equal to their normal wages) starting either before or after delivery.
Fathers are entitled to three paid days of parental leave.
Employees are entitled to two days of paid compassionate leave in the event of the death of a close family member.
Lebanese law also provides for a week’s paid leave for employees who’re getting married.
Employers can dismiss workers at will and without any prior notice due to force majeure (unfavorable circumstances beyond the employer’s control) or an act of serious misconduct, such as theft, fraud, indiscipline, or a felony conviction.
Notice periods are determined by the employee’s tenure, as shown below:
An employer is required to pay wages in lieu of notice if the employee isn’t notified accordingly as required.
Severance payments range from two to 12 months pay, depending on the nature of an employee’s work, age, tenure, and the level of misconduct for which the staff was dismissed.
Three months, during which employees are not covered by provisions for sickness benefits, etc.