Kyrgyzstan

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

Termination of Employment

According to the Kyrgyz Republic's Labor Code, employers must give a notice period of at least 1 month before terminating an indefinite employment contract. However, if the employee is dismissed due to a reorganization or a reduction of the organization's staff, the employer may terminate the employment agreement before the expiration of the notice period. In that case, however, the employer is required to compensate the employee an amount not lower than the average wage for each day remaining before the expiration of the notice period. An employee can terminate a contract by giving a written notice 14 days in advance.

During the notice period, the employee is entitled to 1 paid day off per week to look for another job.

Employers must give temporary and seasonal employees (as well as employees on a probationary period) written notice of 3 calendars days before termination.

Work Permits

According to the Kyrgyz Republic's law, a foreign worker's application for a work permit must be submitted by the employer. All employers employing foreign employees need to have permission from the Ministry of Labor and Social Development. Employees are provided with work permits in the form of personal cards.

Paid Annual Leave

Per the Kyrgyz Republic's Labor Code, upon application and based on a medical certificate, women are entitled to a prenatal leave of 70 calendar days and a leave of 56 calendar days after the child's birth (70 days in case of complicated confinement or the birth of 2 or more children). The total maternity leave is 126 calendar days and is provided to the mother in full irrespective of the number of prenatal days she used.

For women working in high-mountain areas, maternity leave duration is 140 days: 70 days before and 70 days after the delivery (for complicated deliveries, 86 days after the birth, and for multiple births, 110 days after the birth).

The employer pays the first ten days of maternity leave, following which employees on maternity leave receive social insurance benefits from the state. 100% of the insured's average daily earnings in the 3 months before maternity leave commenced are paid for the first 10 working days. From the 11th day to the 126th calendar day of leave, 10 times the basic rate is paid.

Working Hours

As stipulated by the Kyrgyz Republic's Labor Code, employees' normal work hours are 40 hours per week.

For the following categories of employees, hours of work are reduced as follows:

  • For workers aged 14 to 16 years: not more than 24 hours per week
  • For workers 16 to 18 years: not more than 36 hours per week
  • For workers engaged in heavy physical work, or who work in harmful or dangerous working conditions: not more than 36 hours per week
  • For disabled persons with levels I or II disability ratings: not more than 36 hours per week.

The employer's internal labor schedule determines weekly day-offs: employees will receive either 2 days off or one day off per week. In a 6-day workweek, daily working hours cannot exceed 7 hours, and in a 5-day workweek, the workday cannot exceed 8 hours.

Maternity Leave

Per the Kyrgyz Republic's Labor Code, upon application and based on a medical certificate, women are entitled to a prenatal leave of 70 calendar days and a leave of 56 calendar days after the child's birth (70 days in case of complicated confinement or the birth of 2 or more children). The total maternity leave is 126 calendar days and is provided to the mother in full irrespective of the number of prenatal days she used.

For women working in high-mountain areas, maternity leave duration is 140 days: 70 days before and 70 days after the delivery (for complicated deliveries, 86 days after the birth, and for multiple births, 110 days after the birth).

The employer pays the first ten days of maternity leave, following which employees on maternity leave receive social insurance benefits from the state. 100% of the insured's average daily earnings in the 3 months before maternity leave commenced are paid for the first 10 working days. From the 11th day to the 126th calendar day of leave, 10 times the basic rate is paid.

Minimum Wage

The minimum wage in the Kyrgyz Republic is the rate of monthly payment for unskilled labor. The minimum wage does not include additional payments, bonuses, other incentive payments, or payments for work in special climatic conditions and in territories exposed to radioactive contamination. It also does not include other compensatory and social payments.

The minimum wage in the Kyrgyz Republic is set annually. The minimum wage is KGS 2,337 (Kyrgyzstani soms) for 2023 and will increase to KGS 2,460 from January 1, 2024.

Country Profile

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