Remote’s guide to employing in

Dominican Republic
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Make employment in Dominican Republic easy. Let us handle payroll, benefits, taxes, compliance, and even stock options for your team in Dominican Republic, all in one easy-to-use platform.

  • Capital City

    Santo Domingo

  • Currency

    Dominican peso (RD$, DOP)

  • Languages

    Spanish

  • Population size

    1,08,78,246

Services available in this country:
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Facts & Stats

Dominican Republic Map Illustration
  • Capital City

    Santo Domingo

  • Currency

    Dominican peso (RD$, DOP)

  • Languages

    Spanish

  • Population size

    1,08,78,246

  • Ease of doing business

    Medium

  • Cost of living index

    41.54 (2021)

  • Payroll frequency

    Monthly

  • VAT - standard rate

    18%

  • GDP - real growth rate

    5.1% (2019)

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 holiday 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.

Grow your team in Dominican Republic with Remote

Looking to employ workers in Dominican Republic? Companies hiring in Dominican Republic must either own a legal entity in the country or work with a global employment solutions provider, usually one that provides employer of record services.

Remote can employ your team in Dominican Republic on your behalf through our local legal entity in the country and handle payroll, benefits, taxes, and compliance for your Dominican Republic team. You can also pay contractors now in Dominican Republic with Remote in some currencies (talk to an expert now for full details).

Risks of misclassification

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

Employing in Dominican Republic

Provisions for employee protections and workers’ rights are spelled out in the Labour 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.

Onboarding time

We can help you get a new employee started in Dominican Republic fast. The minimum onboarding time we need is only 4 working days.

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.

12 Public holidays

Jan
Monday 1 January, 20241New Year's Day (Año Nuevo)
Saturday 6 January, 20242Epiphany (Día de los Reyes Magos)
Sunday 21 January, 20243Our Lady of Altagracia Day (Dia de Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia)
Friday 26 January, 20244Juan Pablo Durate Day (Día de Juan Pablo Durate)
Feb
Tuesday 27 February, 20245Independence Day (Día de la Independencia)
Mar
Friday 29 March, 20246Good Friday (Viernes Santo)
May
Wednesday 1 May, 20247Labour Day (Día del Trabajador)
Thursday 30 May, 20248Feast of Corpus Christi (Corpus Christi)
Aug
Friday 16 August, 20249Restoration Day (Día de restauración)
Sept
Tuesday 24 September, 202410Our Lady of Mercedes Day (Día de Nuestra Señora de Mercedes)
Nov
Wednesday 6 November, 202411Constitution Day (día de la Constitución)
Dec
Wednesday 25 December, 202412Christmas Day (Navidad)

Competitive benefits package in Dominican Republic

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).

Our benefits packages in Dominican Republic 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 Dominican Republic

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%

    Labour Risk Insurance

  • 1%

    Technical Education

Types of leave

Employees are entitled to 14 days off annually after completing a year of employment, with four additional days after the fifth year is completed.

Employment termination

Termination process

Employee contracts can either be terminated for just cause or at the employer’s discretion.

Notice period

Employees can only be terminated at an employer’s discretion with adequate notice given, ranging from just seven days to 28 days notice.

Severance pay

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.

Probation periods

As per Dominican Republic law, there are no probationary periods.

Fair Pricing in Dominican Republic

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  • Zero onboarding or offboarding fees

  • Compliant equity incentives support including withholding and reporting

  • Built-in security and compliance

  • Fast onboarding (average 2-3 days)

  • Flexible, localised benefits

Contractor Management

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$29

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Top features

  • 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

$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

HRIS

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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