Remote’s guide to employing in

Lebanon
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With localised contracts, easy invoice management, and best-in-class compliance, you can grow your team in Lebanon with confidence. Currently, you can hire and manage contractors in Lebanon through Remote, but our EOR services are not yet live.

  • Capital City

    Beirut

  • Currency

    Lebanese pound (ل.ل, LBP)

  • Languages

    Arabic

  • Population size

    6,859,408

Services available in this country:
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Facts & Stats

Lebanon Map Illustration
  • Capital City

    Beirut

  • Currency

    Lebanese pound (ل.ل, LBP)

  • Languages

    Arabic

  • Population size

    6,859,408

  • Ease of doing business

    Medium

  • Cost of living index

    75.88 (2021)

  • Payroll frequency

    N/A

  • VAT - standard rate

    11%

  • GDP - real growth rate

    -6.7 (2019)

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.

Grow your team in Lebanon with Remote

You can pay contractors now in Lebanon with Remote in some currencies (talk to an expert now for full details).

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 localised 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.

Risks of misclassification

Lebanon, like many other countries, treats self-employed individuals or contractors and full-time employees differently. Misclassification of contractors in Lebanon may lead to fines and penalties for the offending company.

Employing in Lebanon

Workers' rights in Lebanon are protected by:

  • the Lebanese Constitution of 1926,

  • the Civil Code of 1932,

  • the Lebanese Labour Law of 1946 (amended significantly in 1962)

  • Decree No. 112 of 12 June 1959 regarding status of public officials

  • Decree No. 3273 of 26 June 2000 on labour inspection

— all of which guarantee equal pay for equal work and protections against discrimination based on age, religion, gender expression, and race. Labour law provisions are enforced by the Lebanese Ministry of Labour 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.

Minimum wage

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.

Competitive benefits package in Lebanon

At Remote, we’re obsessed with helping you craft the best possible employee experience for your team. We are leading the way in practising “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 fulfil the local needs of your employees. Typically, our packages contain some or all of the following benefits:

  • Health Insurance

  • Dental Insurance

  • Vision Insurance

  • Mental Health Support

  • Pension or 401(K)

  • Life and Disability Insurance

Taxes in Lebanon

Learn how employment taxes and statutory fees affect your payroll and your employees’ paychecks in Lebanon.

  • 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

Types of leave

Lebanese employees are entitled to 15 days’ annual holiday with full pay after a full year spent working for an employer.

Employment termination

Termination process

Employers can dismiss workers at will and without any prior notice due to force majeure (unfavourable circumstances beyond the employer’s control) or an act of serious misconduct, such as theft, fraud, indiscipline, or a felony conviction.

Notice period

Notice periods are determined by the employee’s tenure, as shown below:

  • Up to three months of employment: one month

  • Three months to six months of employment: two months

  • Six months to 12 months of employment: three months

  • More than 12 months: four months

An employer is required to pay wages in lieu of notice if the employee isn’t notified accordingly as required.

Severance pay

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.

Probation periods

Three months, during which employees are not covered by provisions for sickness benefits, etc.

Fair Pricing in Lebanon

Contractor Management

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USD 29

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  • Only pay for contractors you actively work with

  • Work with contractors in 200+ countries

  • Create, edit, and sign tailored, localised contracts

  • Approve contractor invoices with one click or auto-pay

  • Transparent payments with complete visibility

Global Payroll

Consolidate your multi-country payroll

USD 50

per employee/month

Top features

  • Reduce costs by centralising payroll management

  • Ensure local compliance for every country

  • Direct support from in-house local payroll experts

  • Accurate, on-time, compliant payroll to level-up your employee experience

  • Tax and labour authority reporting handled for you

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Top features

  • Guided onboarding and offboarding

  • Employee profile and document management

  • Time and attendance (time off and tracking)

  • Expense management and reimbursement

  • Employee self-serve on the platform and mobile app