Georgia

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

Termination of Employment

As per the Labor Code of Georgia, if the termination is due to economic circumstances, technological or organizational changes that make it necessary to reduce the workforce, Incompatibility of the employee's qualification or professional skills, long-term incapacity, or other circumstances, the notice must be given at least 30 days in advance. In case of resignation, employees must also provide a notice of 30 days to their employer. Notice must be given in writing. No notice is required in case of termination during probation. Employees are also terminated without notice in case of gross violation, liquidation of the employer’s company, death, court order, etc.  

Employers are entitled to notify the employee at least 3 calendar days in advance by sending a written notice. In this case, the employee will be compensated for at least 2 months' wages.

Work Permits

Foreign employees in Georgia are required to obtain a D1 immigration visa and apply for a work residence permit to carry out entrepreneurial or labor activities in Georgia and professional activities. To obtain a residence permit, they must apply in person or through an authorized representative to any territorial office of the State Services Development Agency, a branch of the House of Justice, or a community center or fill out the application electronically. Residence permits of this type are issued for the first time for a period of up to 1 year and can be extended for a period of up to 5 years.

Paid Annual Leave

In Georgia, maternity leave is not mandatory and is granted at the employee's request. The Labor Code provides 126 days of paid maternity leave and 143 days in case of childbirth complications or multiple births. Employees can decide for themselves how to allocate the leave before and after childbirth. In addition, employees get 604 days of childcare leave that can be taken after maternity leave, out of which 57 days are paid. When taking leave for child care, the employee is obliged to notify the employer 2 weeks in advance about taking the said leave. The childcare leave can be used in whole or in part by the child's mother or father, per their agreement.

Based on their request, employees who adopt a child under 1 year of age are given an adoption leave for 550 calendar days after the child's birth. 90 calendar days of this leave are paid.

Leave due to pregnancy and childbirth, leave due to child care, and leave due to the adoption of a newborn are compensated by the state budget of Georgia. The employer and the employee may agree on additional compensation for said vacations. The benefit amount is GEL 2,000 (Georgian Lari) in 2023 for the total duration of leave, whether it is shared between parents or only the mother utilizes it. 

Working Hours

Standard working hours are 40 hours per week in Georgia. Working time does not include break time and rest time. In an enterprise with a specific work mode, where there is a continuous mode of production/work process lasting more than 8 hours, the duration of the normal working time must not exceed 48 hours per week. The duration of the employee's continuous rest between working days/shifts must not be less than 12 hours. 

The length of working time of a minor from 16 to 18 years of age must not exceed 36 hours per week and 6 hours per working day. A minor's working time from 14 to 16 years of age must not exceed 24 hours per week and 4 hours per working day.

Maternity Leave

In Georgia, maternity leave is not mandatory and is granted at the employee's request. The Labor Code provides 126 days of paid maternity leave and 143 days in case of childbirth complications or multiple births. Employees can decide for themselves how to allocate the leave before and after childbirth. In addition, employees get 604 days of childcare leave that can be taken after maternity leave, out of which 57 days are paid. When taking leave for child care, the employee is obliged to notify the employer 2 weeks in advance about taking the said leave. The childcare leave can be used in whole or in part by the child's mother or father, per their agreement.

Based on their request, employees who adopt a child under 1 year of age are given an adoption leave for 550 calendar days after the child's birth. 90 calendar days of this leave are paid.

Leave due to pregnancy and childbirth, leave due to child care, and leave due to the adoption of a newborn are compensated by the state budget of Georgia. The employer and the employee may agree on additional compensation for said vacations. The benefit amount is GEL 2,000 (Georgian Lari) in 2023 for the total duration of leave, whether it is shared between parents or only the mother utilizes it. 

Minimum Wage

The Tripartite Commission of Social Partnership sets Georgia's minimum wage following consultations with the government. The minimum wage was last set in 2006 to GEL 40 (Georgian lari) per month.

Country Profile

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