Liberia

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

Termination of Employment

Under Liberia's labor law, any employee who has completed their probationary period is entitled to a certain period of notice from their employer before their employment contract is terminated. The provisions for the length of notice vary depending on the amount of time an employee has continuously worked for the employer as follows:

  • Less than 3 months of employment - 1 week
  • 3 to 6 months of employment - 2 weeks
  • 6 to 12 months of employment  - 3 weeks
  • More than 12 months of employment - 4 weeks

Notice period can be waived by paying regular wages equivalent to the duration of notice period.

Work Permits

Foreign nationals can only work in Liberia if they have a local sponsor and work permit. Work permits are issued by the Ministry of Labor once it is determined that there is no suitably qualified Liberian available to carry out the work.

The employer is responsible for the expense of the employee traveling to the place of work in Liberia from their country of origin or residence, depending on whichever is closer. 

Paid Annual Leave

Employed women in Liberia are entitled to a minimum of 14 weeks of paid maternity leave, provided that they take a minimum of 6 weeks immediately following the birth of their child. Employees on maternity leave are compensated at the same rate at which they would have been paid during their normal working hours.

Pregnant women cannot be employed to perform work that is hazardous to their health or their child's health. Employment continues unbroken during any period of maternity leave. 

Employees are also entitled to an extended unpaid maternity leave of up to one month if any complications arise from the pregnancy or delivery, as certified by a medical practitioner.

Working Hours

Liberia's labor law states that the standard workweek is limited to 48 hours and that workdays are limited to 8 hours per day. Under exceptional circumstances, employees may be required to work overtime for up to 5 hours a week, averaged out over a period of 4 months.

An employee who has not yet attained the age of 16 years cannot be employed for more than seven hours in a day or for more than 42 hours in any working week.  

Maternity Leave

Employed women in Liberia are entitled to a minimum of 14 weeks of paid maternity leave, provided that they take a minimum of 6 weeks immediately following the birth of their child. Employees on maternity leave are compensated at the same rate at which they would have been paid during their normal working hours.

Pregnant women cannot be employed to perform work that is hazardous to their health or their child's health. Employment continues unbroken during any period of maternity leave. 

Employees are also entitled to an extended unpaid maternity leave of up to one month if any complications arise from the pregnancy or delivery, as certified by a medical practitioner.

Minimum Wage

Employees working in the formal sector (in a business, company, or industry) are entitled to a minimum wage of USD 0.68 (American dollars) per hour or USD 5.50 per day of work. Employees employed within the domestic/casual sector (those working in homes or in non-intensive seasonal employment) are entitled to a minimum wage of USD 0.43 per hour or USD 3.50 per day of work. The minimum wage is USD 80 per month for civil servants.

Country Profile

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