Fiji

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Country Snapshot

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

Termination of Employment

Employers in Fiji are required to give notice to terminate an employee in writing, in the absence of a specific agreement, as follows:

  • If the contract period is less than 1 week - no notice is required.
  • If the contract period is 1 week or more but less than 2 weeks or where wages are paid weekly or at intervals of more than a week but less than a fortnight - 7 days notice is required
  • If the contract period is a fortnight or more but less than a month or where wages are paid fortnightly or at intervals of more than a fortnight but less than a month - 14 days notice is required
  • If the contract period is 1 month or wages are paid monthly - 1 month notice is required.

Employees can be summarily dismissed for lawful reasons without notice. 

Work Permits

The following types of work permits are issued for foreign nationals to work in Fiji:

  • Work Permit for non-skilled contracted workers - granted to a non-citizen to be employed by a locally established business, organization or institution. 
  • Short term work permit - granted to a person whose expertise is urgently needed in the country to work for a period of 1 year or less.
  • Authority to work or study while on a visitors permit - allows non-citizens to be engaged in business or investment, study, research, religious activities or do consultancy works, whilst on a visitors permit for a maximum period of 12 weeks from the date of arrival. 

 

Paid Annual Leave

Female employees in Fiji are entitled to 98 consecutive days paid maternity leave. For first 3 births, the leave is paid at 100% of the employee's remuneration. For the fourth and subsequent births, the leave is paid at 50% of the remuneration. 

Maternity leave can start at any time before or after delivery, provided the employee informs her employer of her leave dates and provides a medical certificate. Employees must be employed for at least 150 days during the 9 months before the birth of the child to be eligible for paid maternity leave. 

After maternity leave, employees must be appointed to the same or equivalent position held earlier. No employee must be terminated from employment on the ground of pregnancy. If, after 3 months from the expiration of her maternity leave, a woman remains absent from work, her employer can give her notice of termination. 

Working Hours

The standard hours of work must not exceed 48 hours per week for those working 6 days a week or 45 hours per week for those working 5 days a week. This condition does not apply to employees in managerial or executive positions. 

Children under 18 cannot be employed for more than 8 hours in a day and be given at least 30 minutes paid rest for every continuous 4 hours worked. They cannot be employed during school hours.  

Maternity Leave

Female employees in Fiji are entitled to 98 consecutive days paid maternity leave. For first 3 births, the leave is paid at 100% of the employee's remuneration. For the fourth and subsequent births, the leave is paid at 50% of the remuneration. 

Maternity leave can start at any time before or after delivery, provided the employee informs her employer of her leave dates and provides a medical certificate. Employees must be employed for at least 150 days during the 9 months before the birth of the child to be eligible for paid maternity leave. 

After maternity leave, employees must be appointed to the same or equivalent position held earlier. No employee must be terminated from employment on the ground of pregnancy. If, after 3 months from the expiration of her maternity leave, a woman remains absent from work, her employer can give her notice of termination. 

Minimum Wage

All employees have the right to minimum wage. Minimum wages are determined by a wage regulation order proposed by the wages council submitted to the Minister of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations. Current national minimum wage is FJD 4.00 per hour from January 1, 2023. There are industry-level minimum wages, determined by the classes of employees that can be found in the references section.

Country Profile

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