Isle of Man

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

Termination of Employment

In the Isle of Man, when an employee has worked continuously for at least 1 month, both the employer and the employee must provide a minimum statutory notice period to terminate the contract. The notice period ranges from 1 week to 12 weeks for employers and from 1 week to 4 weeks for employees. Employees are entitled to all contractual benefits and payments during the notice period. 

An employer or employee is not required to give the minimum notice if the other party's conduct amounts to contract termination (for example, gross misconduct, incompetence, or breach of contract).

An employer can pay the employee in lieu of notice if the contract specifically provides for payment in lieu of notice with agreement from the employee.

Work Permits

Foreign nationals who wish to take up employment or self-employment in the Isle of Man require a work permit. Workers who hold an Immigration Status, defined as an "Immigration Employment Document," do not require work permits. 

An application for a work permit may be made to the Department for Enterprise by an employer to employ a specific individual or by a self-employed person for themselves. Employers must prove that they found no suitable employee in the Isle of Man and justify the need for foreign talent. Before entering the Isle of Man, a worker must also have a worker migrant visa. It is issued for a maximum of three years and 14 days, with a possibility of extension.

If issued, a work permit is limited to employment by the employer in a specified capacity. An employee cannot change employment unless the employer first obtains a new work permit.

Paid Annual Leave

All employees are eligible for an unpaid ordinary maternity leave of 26 weeks, including 2 weeks of compulsory leave after childbirth. Employees must inform their employers of their maternity leave at least 15 weeks before the expected delivery date and submit a related medical certificate. If they have been continuously employed for 26 weeks at the beginning of the 14th week before their expected delivery date, employees can also be eligible for an additional 26 weeks of unpaid maternity leave, to be taken immediately after the end of their ordinary maternity leave.

Employees who earn at least IMP 30 (Manx pounds) per week are eligible to claim maternity allowance from the Social Security Division for up to 39 weeks, starting no earlier than 11 weeks from the delivery date. This allowance is paid as 90% of the employee's weekly earnings, limited to a maximum of IMP 210 per week.

Employees have the right to return to the job they held before their leave. Refusal to allow an employee to return to work after maternity leave constitutes dismissal and is automatically unfair. 

Working Hours

There are no statutory provisions regarding working hours. Employment agreements determine working hours and rest breaks.

There are restrictions on working hours for young workers under 16 years of age and shop workers. Young employees cannot be employed for more than 28 hours a week, 2 hours a day on school days, and 7 hours a day on non-school days. The maximum working hours of shop workers are 10 hours a day or 44 hours a week.

Maternity Leave

All employees are eligible for an unpaid ordinary maternity leave of 26 weeks, including 2 weeks of compulsory leave after childbirth. Employees must inform their employers of their maternity leave at least 15 weeks before the expected delivery date and submit a related medical certificate. If they have been continuously employed for 26 weeks at the beginning of the 14th week before their expected delivery date, employees can also be eligible for an additional 26 weeks of unpaid maternity leave, to be taken immediately after the end of their ordinary maternity leave.

Employees who earn at least IMP 30 (Manx pounds) per week are eligible to claim maternity allowance from the Social Security Division for up to 39 weeks, starting no earlier than 11 weeks from the delivery date. This allowance is paid as 90% of the employee's weekly earnings, limited to a maximum of IMP 210 per week.

Employees have the right to return to the job they held before their leave. Refusal to allow an employee to return to work after maternity leave constitutes dismissal and is automatically unfair. 

Minimum Wage

In the Isle of Man, employers cannot pay adult employees less than minimum wage. Employees under 16 years of age are not entitled to minimum wage.

Minimum wages are set by the Minimum Wage Committee, which is made up of an independent Chair, twp members representing employers, and two members representing workers. The current hourly minimum wage is as follows:

  • Over compulsory school age (16 years) but under 18 - IMP 8.05 (Manx pounds)
  • Aged over 18 (except for development workers) - IMP 10.75

Provision of accommodation for a worker by an employer is the only benefit-in-kind that can count towards minimum wage pay. The accommodation offset value cannot exceed IMP 1.05 an hour, IMP 6.00 a day, or IMP 42 a week.

Country Profile

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