Global PEO Services (GPS) helps companies hire employees in Lebanon without establishing a legal entity. All human resources, benefits, payroll, and tax needs for the employees are managed by the Global PEO, while the new hires and headquarter teams focus on your business goals.
When hiring employees in Lebanon, establishing a subsidiary or branch office is not always the best route, as it’s often a lengthy and expensive process. Hiring via a Professional Employer Organization (PEO), or Employer of Record (EOR), is a faster and often more effective option – especially when starting up in a new country.
Global PEO Services hires the employees on your behalf, legally contracting them through our subsidiary in accordance with Lebanon labor laws. As a result, the burden of compliance is on us and the employees can begin work for your company in a matter of days. PEOs/EORs provide you with a streamlined option for hiring employees, testing markets, and responding to growing business needs in Lebanon. With Global PEO Services, you get control without taking on legal entity liabilities, contractor risks, or sacrificing on talent or speed to market.
Lebanon - Country Overview
Lebanon’s developing economy is service-oriented with banking and tourism being the major growth sectors. The leading industrial sectors include agriculture, metal products, chemicals, and transport equipment. The strategic location of the country at the intersection of Asia, Europe, and Africa, liberal financial environment, competitive workforce, free market economy, and lower corporate tax rates have made Lebanon one of the most preferred investment destinations. Lebanon ranks among the top-tier nations in the Middle East when accounting for a GDP relative to Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs).
Lebanese Pound (LBP)
Parliamentary Democratic Republic
Tripoli, Sidon, Tyre, Nabatîyé et Tahta
Employment Contracts in Lebanon
Though not mandatory, employment contracts in Lebanon are a common practice and are drafted in Arabic. The contracts can be translated into a foreign language if the employer or any employee is a foreigner and not well-versed with the Arabic language. The Ministry of Labor develops and implements the Labor Law. Under the Lebanese Labor Law, there are two categories of employees:
- All professional workers with office jobs including everyone from senior managers to administrative employees
- Manual laborers
The usual duration of the probation period is 3 months. Employers are required to pay at least the minimum wage after the probation period. The guidelines related to work conditions and hiring are set by the Ministry of Labor. Each employer with more than 15 employees is required to send a copy of working regulations to the Ministry of Labor.
Working Hours in Lebanon
Employers cannot ask employees to work for more than 48 hours in a week. Employees can be asked to work extra hours beyond their regular shifts only if the employer has the relevant permit from the Ministry of Labor. The regular work schedule has 8 hours in a day which can be extended to 12 hours if employees get 9 hours of continuous rest between every working day. Regular schedule in the public sector is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., while those working in the private sector work from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The regular workweek is from Monday till Saturday.
Employee Leave in Lebanon
- New Year’s Day
- Orthodox Christmas
- Maroun’s Day
- Rafik Hariri Memorial Day
- Good Friday
- Labor Day
- End of Ramadan
- Assumption of the Virgin Mary
- Feast of the Sacrifice
- Islamic New Year
- Independence Day
- The Prophet’s Birthday
- Christmas Day
Full-time employees receive 15 days’ paid annual leave after completing their first year of employment. Employees are required to notify the employer when they want to take annual leave.
Pregnant employees can take 7 weeks of maternity leave. Employers cannot terminate pregnant employees. Such termination is considered against the law and employees receive unfair dismissal compensation.
Employees are entitled to 2 days’ bereavement leave on the death of close family members.
Employees are entitled to a ½ month sick leave after completing 3 months of employment and the entitlement changes based on the service length. Employers can request a doctor to examine employees seeking extended sick leave. In case the sick leave exceeds the entitlement, additional days may be deducted from the annual leave. Employers cannot issue a warning or termination notice to an employee on sick leave.
Employee Benefits in Lebanon
National Social Security Fund (NSSF)
- End of Service
- Family and Education Allowances
- NSSF Health Benefits
The NSSF covers sickness benefits, maternity benefits, family allowances, work-related injuries/accidents/diseases, and pension. All employees whether working for international or local firms are required to register with NSSF. Foreign workers with a residence permit and valid work permit can join NSSF if their home countries offer similar or better social security benefits to Lebanese nationals working there. Foreign workers do not receive a pension, family allowance, and medical benefits.
Employers are required to contribute toward their employees’ family allowance, medical benefits, and pension as follows:
- 6% of the wages toward family allowances with a ceiling of 1,500,000 LBP;
- 7% of the wages for health indemnity fund with a ceiling of 1,500,000 LBP;
- 5% of the wages for pension fund without any ceiling.
Employees contribute 2% toward health insurance with a ceiling of 30,000 LBP each month.
End of Service
Employees can retire and commence their pension benefits at the age of 60 after completing 20 years of employment. Since the legal retirement age is 64, employees who retire early are not eligible for the NSSF benefits. Though employees can keep working after the age of 64 if the company’s by-laws allow, they do not qualify for the pension benefit. A lump sum is paid equivalent to final month’s wages or 1 month’s average wages based on wages during the last 12 months (whichever is greater) multiplied by years of service (up to 20) plus 1.5 months’ wages for each year of service beyond 20 or up to the age of 64.
Family and Education Allowance
Employees in Lebanon receive family and education allowance which is generally attached to the husband’ salary. The allowance can be attached to a female employee’s salary if she is a widow or a sole provider for the family/dependents. Married employees registered with NSSF receive 60,000 LBP as a spouse allowance and an extra 33,000 LBP for each child up to 5 children. Employees are also entitled to 10,000 LBP transport allowance (free of tax) for each day’s commute. Education allowance up to 1.5 million LBP is provided to employees whose children aged no more than 25 are attending school or university.
Employees registered with NSSF pay for 10% of hospitalization expenses and 20% of medication and examination costs. Exceptions are pre- and post-maternity examination (paid in full by NSSF).
The Labor Law requires all companies in Lebanon to make contributions to NSSF Fund. Employers with less than 10 employees are required to make contributions every 3 months while those with more than 10 employees must make contributions each month.