Lithuania

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

Termination of Employment

Notice period requirements vary as follows:

  • No notice period is required when the contract is terminated due to disciplinary issues.
  • A notice period of 1 month is generally required when an employee who has served the employer for more than 1 year is dismissed due to no fault of their own, such as when there are organizational changes or work changes.
  • No notice period is required when the contract is terminated due to reasons beyond the employee and employer's control.
  • An employee can terminate their employment contract by giving a notice of at least 5 days in case of a valid reason and 20 days in case of no valid reason.

Work Permits

Non-EU nationals who wish to work in Lithuania are required to obtain a work permit. Those who intend to stay in Lithuania for no longer than a year require a National visa (Type D). For longer stays, a temporary residence visa is required. A temporary residence visa is a multiple entry visa valid for 2 years (3 years for highly qualified workers).

An employer intending to employ a foreigner to work under an employment contract must register a vacancy with an employment office in the Employment Service. A work permit is issued if no specialist in Lithuania meets the employer's qualification requirements. The Lithuanian Labor Exchange is responsible for issuing, extending, and revoking work permits for foreign nationals. 

The work permit is issued for up to two years, and it specifies the job position and organization address where the foreigner would be employed. The work permit's duration for seasonal work is 6 months, and it is 1 year for persons entering as an intern or trainee.

Paid Annual Leave

Lithuania's labor law mandates maternity leave of 70 days before and 56 days after the delivery. In case of complications in delivery or multiple births, the leave is extended to 70 days after the childbirth. If the employee does not take maternity leave, the employer must give 14 days of leave immediately after birth, regardless of whether the employee requests it. 

The State Social Insurance Fund pays maternity benefits. To be eligible for the benefit, the employee must have a record of social security payments for at least 12 of the previous 24 months under the sickness and maternity social insurance scheme. Maternity benefit is paid for 70 calendar days prior to the birth of the child up until 56 days after the birth. In the event of birth complications or multiple births, an allowance is paid for an extra 14 calendar days. Maternity benefit is equal to 77.58% of the compensated recipient’s wage. The minimal maternity benefit can be no smaller than EUR 294 per month. The maternity benefit is paid at once for the 126 calendar days (except specific cases).

Working Hours

An employee's working hours are fixed under their employment contract. Usually, working hours total 40 hours per week. An employee's average working hours cannot exceed 48 hours a week. Working time, including overtime and work done according to an agreement on additional work, may not exceed 12 hours per workday/shift and 60 hours over 7 days. The working time of employees working the night shift cannot exceed eight hours per shift. 

Working remotely is done at the employee's request or through mutual agreement between employee and employer. An employee's refusal to work remotely is not a legal reason to terminate the employment contract or change the working conditions. 

Responsibility falls on the employer to prove remote work is incongruent with production or the type of work the organization performs and would result in excessive costs.

Maternity Leave

Lithuania's labor law mandates maternity leave of 70 days before and 56 days after the delivery. In case of complications in delivery or multiple births, the leave is extended to 70 days after the childbirth. If the employee does not take maternity leave, the employer must give 14 days of leave immediately after birth, regardless of whether the employee requests it. 

The State Social Insurance Fund pays maternity benefits. To be eligible for the benefit, the employee must have a record of social security payments for at least 12 of the previous 24 months under the sickness and maternity social insurance scheme. Maternity benefit is paid for 70 calendar days prior to the birth of the child up until 56 days after the birth. In the event of birth complications or multiple births, an allowance is paid for an extra 14 calendar days. Maternity benefit is equal to 77.58% of the compensated recipient’s wage. The minimal maternity benefit can be no smaller than EUR 294 per month. The maternity benefit is paid at once for the 126 calendar days (except specific cases).

Minimum Wage

Effective January 1, 2024, the minimum monthly wage is EUR 924 (Euros), or EUR 5.65 per hour.

No employee can be paid less than the minimum wage. Collective agreements may establish minimum hourly rates and minimum monthly salaries higher than the government's.

Country Profile

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