Lebanon

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

Termination of Employment

Lebanese labor law mandates that employers give prior notice to an employee before dismissal or pay compensation in lieu of notice. The statutory minimum duration of the notice period is as follows:

  • 1 month, if the employee has been employed for less than 3 years
  • 2 months, if the employee has been employed for 3 to 6 years
  • 3 months, if the employee has been employed for 6 to 12 years
  • 4 months, if the employee has been employed for more than 12 years.

The notice of dismissal must be in writing.

Work Permits

Foreigners who wish to work in Lebanon must apply to the Ministry of Labor for a work permit through an agent in Lebanon. The applicant must submit the following information:

  • Name 
  • Nationality
  • Qualification
  • Background 
  • Name and address of the employer.

The work permit is issued by the Head of the Foreign Work Control Department within 15 days of approval from the Minister of Labor. The permit is granted and may be renewed for a maximum of 3 years. If the renewal application has not been filed at least 1 month before the expiry of its validity, it shall automatically be considered null and void. If the foreigner stays beyond the duration of the work permit, they are subject to penalty.

Paid Annual Leave

Upon presentation of a medical certificate stating the presumed date of delivery, Lebanon's Labor Law grants pregnant employees 10 weeks of maternity leave for the period before and after delivery. Employees are to receive their full pay from their employer while on maternity leave. Employers are prohibited from dismissing or serving a notice of dismissal on an employee taking maternity leave unless it is proven that the employee was working elsewhere during her leave.

Working Hours

Lebanon's Labor Law stipulates that regular working hours for employees cannot exceed 48 hours per week. A rest period of nine uninterrupted hours must be provided to employees every 24 hours. Also, all employees must be granted a weekly rest of not less than 36 uninterrupted hours.

By order of the Minister of the National Economy, these normal working hours may be reduced for specific work categories, including arduous or unhealthy work. In emergency cases, daily working hours can be increased to 12 hours per day.

Minors under age 18 are prohibited from working over six hours per day.

Maternity Leave

Upon presentation of a medical certificate stating the presumed date of delivery, Lebanon's Labor Law grants pregnant employees 10 weeks of maternity leave for the period before and after delivery. Employees are to receive their full pay from their employer while on maternity leave. Employers are prohibited from dismissing or serving a notice of dismissal on an employee taking maternity leave unless it is proven that the employee was working elsewhere during her leave.

Minimum Wage

Lebanon's minimum wage is set by a commission comprised of representatives from the Ministry of the National Economy, employer associations, and employee unions. Wages must be paid at least monthly to salaried employees and at least twice a month to non-salaried employees. The minimum wage was last set in 2024 to LBP 18,000,000 (Lebanese pounds).

Country Profile

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