Belize

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The GPS Country Snapshot includes 25 sections of information about labor law compliance in Belize. See a sample of popular sections below.

Termination of Employment

The Belizean Labor Act states that employment contracts can be terminated by either party with the following notice periods, depending on the duration of service:

  • If the employee has worked for more than 2 weeks but less than 6 months - 1 week
  • If the employee has worked for more than 6 months but less than 2 years - 2 weeks
  • If the employee has worked for more than 2 years but less than 5 years - 4 weeks
  • If the employee has worked for more than 5 years - 8 weeks

There are exceptions to the notice period requirements and employers can provide pay in place of notice instead of observing the notice period. 

Work Permits

Foreign nationals who wish to work in Belize are required to obtain a temporary employment permit. Employees must provide proof of employment in Belize and have a voucher issued by the Minister of Labor, which allows them to stay in Belize for the duration specified in the permit.

Paid Annual Leave

Belizean labor law grants employees a total of 14 weeks of fully paid maternity leave. Maternity leave shall be taken as follows:

  • Up to a maximum of 7 weeks before the expected date of confinement
  • The remaining maternity leave balance after the expected date of confinement
  • 2 weeks before and 7 weeks after the expected date of confinement is mandatory

Employees are eligible for this leave if they have been employed for at least 150 days with the same employer during the 12 months immediately preceding confinement.

If an employee is entitled to receive maternity benefits from Belize's Social Security Fund, the employee will receive maternity benefits from Social Security, and in addition be entitled to be paid by her employer the difference, if any. The state maternity allowance is equal to 80% of the woman's average weekly insurable earnings in the 39 weeks before maternity leave commences. The minimum weekly benefit is BZD 44 (Belizean dollars) and the maximum weekly benefit is BZD 384. Women must have paid 50 contributions to the Social Security Fund to qualify to receive this benefit. 

Working Hours

The standard workweek is 45 hours (or 9 hours daily). Work done in excess of these hours is considered overtime.

Belize has telecommuting policies for their public sector employees but has yet to promulgate any legislation applicable to the telecommuting of private sector employees.

Maternity Leave

Belizean labor law grants employees a total of 14 weeks of fully paid maternity leave. Maternity leave shall be taken as follows:

  • Up to a maximum of 7 weeks before the expected date of confinement
  • The remaining maternity leave balance after the expected date of confinement
  • 2 weeks before and 7 weeks after the expected date of confinement is mandatory

Employees are eligible for this leave if they have been employed for at least 150 days with the same employer during the 12 months immediately preceding confinement.

If an employee is entitled to receive maternity benefits from Belize's Social Security Fund, the employee will receive maternity benefits from Social Security, and in addition be entitled to be paid by her employer the difference, if any. The state maternity allowance is equal to 80% of the woman's average weekly insurable earnings in the 39 weeks before maternity leave commences. The minimum weekly benefit is BZD 44 (Belizean dollars) and the maximum weekly benefit is BZD 384. Women must have paid 50 contributions to the Social Security Fund to qualify to receive this benefit. 

Minimum Wage

The minimum wage is currently at BZD 5 (Belize dollars) per hour for all employees. 

Country Profile

The GPS Country Profile contains detailed information on over 60 topics related to labor law compliance within Belize.
  • Type of Employment Relationship
  • Permanent Employment
  • Fixed-Term or Specific-Purpose Contracts
  • Temporary Employment Contracts
  • Part-time Employment
  • Young Worker Employment
  • Vendors and Independent Contractors
  • Types of Contracts
  • Probationary Period
  • Termination of the Contract of Employment
  • Grounds for Termination
  • Notice of Dismissal
  • Fair Dismissal
  • Redundancy
  • Unfair Dismissal
  • Suspension of Contract of Employment
  • Severance Benefits
  • Hours of Work
  • Work Week and Timekeeping
  • Night Work and Shift Work
  • Overtime
  • Remote Work
  • Required Time Off
  • Public Holidays
  • Annual Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Maternity
  • Other Forms of Leave
  • Social Insurance and Retirement
  • Social Security Contribution
  • National Retirement Scheme
  • Dependents’/Survivors Benefit
  • Life and Disability Insurance/Benefit
  • Statutory Allowances
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Minimum Wage (Basic Wage)
  • Bonuses, Profit Sharing and Other Compensation
  • Medical Insurance
  • Work Environment
  • Workplace Safety and Health
  • Prohibition of Discrimination
  • Prohibition of Harassment
  • Data Protection and Privacy
  • Whistleblowers and Retaliation
  • Workers’ representation in the organization
  • Freedom of Association
  • Registration and Recognition of Unions
  • Trade Union Personality
  • Collective Bargaining and Agreements
  • Disputes and Settlements
  • Strikes and Lockouts
  • Unfair Labor Practices
  • Taxation of Compensation and Benefits
  • Income Tax
  • Taxation of Employee Benefits
  • Tax Filing and Payment Procedures
  • Double Tax Relief and Tax Treaties
  • Visas and Work Permits
  • Visas
  • Work Permits and Residence Permits

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