Guinea

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

Termination of Employment

Only permanent employees are given written notice before their termination. The notice period depends on the employee’s occupational category:

  • Three months for managers and equivalent staff
  • Two months for foremen and supervisors
  • One month for execution staff

Both parties may agree, only after notification of dismissal, and in writing, not to execute the notice and liberate themselves from their mutual obligations. Employers who fail to comply with their obligation to offer notice must pay an amount corresponding with the employees’ losses associated with wages, compensation, and other benefits they would have acquired throughout the notice period. Likewise, employees who unilaterally decide not to work during the notice period must pay the employer an allowance corresponding to the salary they would have received upon working regular hours until the expiration of the leave period (except in cases when an employee is dismissed without justification, or an employer violates employment obligations).

Work Permits

In Guinea, when employers intend to hire foreign workers outside the ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States), they must obtain prior authorization from the Minister of Labor. The duration of the employment contract concluded with a foreign worker cannot exceed four years, including renewal. The permit application is the responsibility of the employer. The agreement must be written and submitted for approval to the public employment service, which must respond to any request to that effect within a period not exceeding 30 days. After this time, the work request is tacitly approved. 

The work permit is compulsory for all foreign workers. It is issued for a period of 12 months and requires the payment of an annual fee of USD 1,000 (United States dollars), payable by the employer.

Paid Annual Leave

In Guinea, female employees have the right to suspend employment for a period beginning six weeks before the expected delivery and ending eight weeks after this date. It is prohibited to employ female employees for six weeks after childbirth.

If a medical condition occurs as a result of the pregnancy, upon presenting a medical certificate, the suspension of the contract can be extended for the duration of the condition. This extension cannot go over eight weeks before the expected date of delivery and ten weeks after childbirth. In the case of multiple births, maternity leave will be extended by two weeks. 

When a female employee's employment is suspended, the employer pays half the salary she received, and the other half is paid by the National Social Security Fund.

Working Hours

In Guinea, the regular working day is 8 hours, and the standard workweek is 40 hours. Overtime hours may not exceed 10 per day or 48 per week. Additionally, overtime is limited to 100 hours per calendar year, unless the labor inspector grants special authorization.

Maternity Leave

In Guinea, female employees have the right to suspend employment for a period beginning six weeks before the expected delivery and ending eight weeks after this date. It is prohibited to employ female employees for six weeks after childbirth.

If a medical condition occurs as a result of the pregnancy, upon presenting a medical certificate, the suspension of the contract can be extended for the duration of the condition. This extension cannot go over eight weeks before the expected date of delivery and ten weeks after childbirth. In the case of multiple births, maternity leave will be extended by two weeks. 

When a female employee's employment is suspended, the employer pays half the salary she received, and the other half is paid by the National Social Security Fund.

Minimum Wage

The Labor Code stipulates that all employees are entitled to a guaranteed inter-professional minimum wage. The minimum wage is determined by a decree after deliberations of the advisory committee of labor and social laws. If a collective agreement guarantees a more favorable minimum wage, it will supersede the government-imposed minimum wage. The current minimum wage for all sectors of activity in the Republic of Guinea is GNF 550,000 (Guinean francs) per month.

Country Profile

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