Hire employees and contractors in Lebanon

Remote’s guide to employing in Lebanon.

  • Capital city

    Beirut

  • Currency

    Lebanese pound
    (ل.ل, LBP)

  • Population size

    6,859,408
    (est. 2018)

  • Languages spoken

    Arabic

  • Availability

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Facts & Stats

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.

Map of Lebanon
  • Capital city

    Beirut

  • Currency

    Lebanese pound
    (ل.ل, LBP)

  • Languages spoken

    Arabic

  • Population size

    6,859,408 (est. 2018)

  • Ease of doing business

    Medium

  • Cost of living index

    75.88 (2021)

  • VAT - standard rate

    11%

  • GDP - real growth rate

    -6.7 (2019)

Grow your team in Lebanon with Remote

To employ in Lebanon, companies must own a local legal entity in the country or work with a global employment solution like Remote that can act as an employer of record.

Managing payroll, benefits, taxes, and compliance in Lebanon can be complex and confusing, especially without established local relationships. 

Remote’s expert team makes it easy for your company to employ workers in Lebanon with speed, simplicity, 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.

Risks
of misclassification

Like many other countries, Lebanon treats self-employed individuals or contractors and full-time workers differently and there are risks associated with misclassification.

Employing in Lebanon

Workers' rights in Lebanon are protected by:

  • the Lebanese Constitution of 1926,
  • the Civil Code of 1932,
  • the Lebanese Labor 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 labor inspection

— 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.

Public holidays

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.

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.

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.

Competitive benefits package in Lebanon

Remote supports our clients by offering competitive benefits packages that will help you attract and retain the best talent across the globe! Our benefits specialists have done the research on norms and requirements in each local market and have crafted packages that will allow your employees to thrive, no matter what country they live in. 

Our benefits packages in Lebanon are tailored to fulfill 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

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Taxes in Lebanon

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.

  • Employer

    • 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

  • Employee

    • 3%: Medicare (on a maximum salary of LBP 2.5 million, i.e $1,652 per month)

Types of leave

Paid time off

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

Public holidays

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.

Sick leave

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:

  • Three months to two years of employment: 15 days leave with full pay and 15 days with half pay
  • Two to four years of employment: one month with full pay and one month with half pay
  • Four to six years of employment: one and half months leave with full pay and one and half months with half pay
  • Six to ten years of employment: two months with full pay and two months with half pay
  • More than ten years of employment: two and half months with full pay and two and half months with half pay

Maternity leave

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.

Paternity/parental leave

Fathers are entitled to three paid days of parental leave.

Bereavement leave

Employees are entitled to two days of paid compassionate leave in the event of the death of a close family member.

Marriage leave

Lebanese law also provides for a week’s paid leave for employees who’re getting married.

Employment termination

Termination process

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 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.

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