Burkina Faso

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Country Snapshot

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

Termination of Employment

In Burkina Faso, the notice period is as follows: 

  • 8 days for workers paid on an hourly or daily basis
  • 3 months for executives, supervisors, engineers, technicians and similar workers
  • 1 month for all other workers paid on a monthly basis

Group dismissals or layoffs require a minimum 30-day notice period. In such situations, the labor code requires that employees with the lowest level of skills and experience, and those hired last to be dismissed first. If the economic situation for a company improves within a 2-year period, released employees must be rehired.

Work Permits

Foreign workers who seek employment in Burkina Faso must obtain a work permit and a long-stay visa through their prospective employer. The employer must apply for a visa and a company letter (stating a specific mission), and confirmation of itinerary from a travel agent must be provided. If the employer fails to apply for the visa, the worker has the right to declare the nullity of the employment contract and claim damages and interests. The work permit is valid for 3 years. 

Paid Annual Leave

Maternity leave is for fully paid by the employer and Social Security System for up to 14 weeks. The leave starts at the earliest at eight weeks and the latest four weeks prior to the expected date of delivery, regardless of whether the child was born alive or not. The employer cannot, even with the worker’s agreement, employ the woman during the first six weeks after childbirth.

Maternity leave can be extended by three weeks in case of complications related to pregnancy or confinement.

Working Hours

In Burkina Faso, the regular working hours are 40 hours a week. This regulation applies to all legal work assigned to employees or unskilled workers, male or female, of any age, working temporarily, by task or by piece in public or private institutions. In the farms, the work hours are 2,400 hours the year.

Maternity Leave

Maternity leave is for fully paid by the employer and Social Security System for up to 14 weeks. The leave starts at the earliest at eight weeks and the latest four weeks prior to the expected date of delivery, regardless of whether the child was born alive or not. The employer cannot, even with the worker’s agreement, employ the woman during the first six weeks after childbirth.

Maternity leave can be extended by three weeks in case of complications related to pregnancy or confinement.

Minimum Wage

The Government of Burkina Faso is the sole governing body responsible for determining the minimum wage. All employers must pay workers a minimum of XOF 34,664 (West African CFA francs) per month, with a few notable exceptions. Minimum wages outlined in the Labor Act of 2008 excludes those who work as magistrates, militaries, civil servants, employees of the local government, and apprentices.

Country Profile

The GPS Country Profile contains detailed information on over 60 topics related to labor law compliance within Burkina Faso.
  • 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

 Country Snapshot

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