Jordan

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Country Snapshot

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

Termination of Employment

A notice period of 1 month or compensation in lieu of is required to terminate an indefinite-term employment contract. An employer has the right to terminate the employment of an employee on probation without notice or compensation during  probationary period.

No notice is needed to terminate a contract for gross misconduct or violation of contract. 

Work Permits

Jordan's labor law dictates that no foreign-born individual may be hired in Jordan without consent from the Ministry of Interior, unless the work requires experience or skills not found in the Jordanian labor market. Priority for work in Jordan is given to Arab workers, and it is against the law to hire outside of Jordan for a position that a Jordanian could fill. This does not include foreigners who are born to Jordanian mothers. 

Paid Annual Leave

Jordan's labor law grants women 10 weeks of paid maternity leave, including rest before and after delivery. Leave after delivery must be no less than 6 weeks long, and employment before the expiry of such a period shall be prohibited.

Jordan's social insurance fund provides cash maternity benefits to private-sector employees funded by employer contributions of 0.75% of gross monthly payroll. Women must have at least 6 months of insurance coverage during the 12 months before childbirth to qualify for maternity benefits from the social insurance fund. The maternity benefits pay 100% of the insured's last monthly covered earnings for up to 10 weeks.

After the maternity leave period's expiry and within 1 year of delivery, every mother has the right to take time off with pay to nurse her newborn baby, provided that total time off does not exceed 1 hour a day.

Working Hours

Jordan's labor law stipulates that normal working hours must not exceed eight hours a day and shall not exceed in any week 48 hours over a maximum of six days, excluding meal breaks and rest periods. The rules regarding working hours do not apply to persons occupying supervisory or managerial positions in any establishment. Also, hotel, restaurant, and cinema workers are limited to 54 hours per week.

Weekly rest days shall be fully paid unless a worker is employed on a daily or weekly basis. In these cases, they shall be entitled to receive full remuneration for the weekly rest day if they worked for six consecutive days before the specified rest day, and partial remuneration proportionate to the number of days worked if they worked for three or more days.

Most private businesses observe Friday as the weekend holiday, while banks and government offices close on Fridays and Saturdays.

Maternity Leave

Jordan's labor law grants women 10 weeks of paid maternity leave, including rest before and after delivery. Leave after delivery must be no less than 6 weeks long, and employment before the expiry of such a period shall be prohibited.

Jordan's social insurance fund provides cash maternity benefits to private-sector employees funded by employer contributions of 0.75% of gross monthly payroll. Women must have at least 6 months of insurance coverage during the 12 months before childbirth to qualify for maternity benefits from the social insurance fund. The maternity benefits pay 100% of the insured's last monthly covered earnings for up to 10 weeks.

After the maternity leave period's expiry and within 1 year of delivery, every mother has the right to take time off with pay to nurse her newborn baby, provided that total time off does not exceed 1 hour a day.

Minimum Wage

The minimum wage for Jordanian workers in the private sector is JOD 260 (Jordanian dinars) per month. The minimum wage for migrant workers is JOD 230. Migrant domestic workers and workers in the loading and unloading sectors, as well as Jordanian and migrant workers in the garment and textiles industries, are exempt from the current minimum wage.

An employer who has paid a worker less than the minimum rate of remuneration shall be punishable by a fine of no less than JOD 25 and no more than JOD 100 for each offense. The employer shall also be ordered to pay the worker the difference. The penalty shall be doubled every time the offense is repeated.

Country Profile

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