Mali

< View all countries

Country Snapshot

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

Termination of Employment

In the absence of collective agreements or decrees, the duration of the notice period is as follows:

  • Eight days for staff paid by the day or week
  • One month for employees paid monthly
  • Two months for supervisors and assimilated employees
  • Three months for executives and managers

The notice period cannot be less than 15 days for employees who have worked for less than six months and one month for employees who have worked for more than six months.

The contract may be terminated without notice in the event of gross negligence and is subject to a competent court's discretion. The notice period can be waived by paying compensation equal to the remuneration and benefits of any kind that the worker would have received during the notice period. The notice must be provided in writing.

Work Permits

Foreign nationals who come to Mali intending to settle, engage in a permanent gainful activity, or practice a profession are considered immigrants and require a residence permit. They are allowed to enter with a business visa. Moreover, they must apply for a residence permit within 15 days of entering Mali. This residence permit is valid for a maximum of one year from the date of issue. It is renewable.

These foreign nationals must submit an employment contract attested by the National Directorate of Labor.

Paid Annual Leave

In Mali, female employees are entitled to 14 weeks of maternity leave upon presenting a properly documented request after nine months of continuous service with an employer. Leave includes six weeks of prenatal and eight weeks of postnatal time off. Of the 14 weeks, seven weeks (three weeks prenatal and four weeks postnatal) are compulsory. If birth happens before the expected date, the leave is extended until the 14 weeks have been used. Maternity leave can be extended by up to three weeks in case of medical complications if certified by a medical certificate.

Employees are entitled to full salary plus benefits in kind during maternity leave. During extended maternity leave, the national social security system, INPS, continues salary payments. The employer pays no salary or allowances in these circumstances. It is prohibited to employ pregnant employees in jobs harmful to their health or in night work.

Working Hours

In Mali, normal working hours are 40 hours per week. Daily working hours are not clearly specified. However, on farms, working hours are set at 2,352 hours per year.  In agricultural enterprises, the statutory working time may not exceed 48 hours per week.

In certain situations, working hours may be increased beyond the standard limits because of the intermittent nature of work. In such cases, the working hours cannot exceed 260 hours per month.

Maternity Leave

In Mali, female employees are entitled to 14 weeks of maternity leave upon presenting a properly documented request after nine months of continuous service with an employer. Leave includes six weeks of prenatal and eight weeks of postnatal time off. Of the 14 weeks, seven weeks (three weeks prenatal and four weeks postnatal) are compulsory. If birth happens before the expected date, the leave is extended until the 14 weeks have been used. Maternity leave can be extended by up to three weeks in case of medical complications if certified by a medical certificate.

Employees are entitled to full salary plus benefits in kind during maternity leave. During extended maternity leave, the national social security system, INPS, continues salary payments. The employer pays no salary or allowances in these circumstances. It is prohibited to employ pregnant employees in jobs harmful to their health or in night work.

Minimum Wage

The Interprofessional Minimum Guaranteed Wage (SMIG) was last set in 2015 for agricultural and non-agricultural sectors as follows (effective from January 1, 2016):

  • Hourly rate - XOF 230.77 (West African CFA francs)
  • Monthly rate - XOF 40,000

Wages for piece-rate work or task-work are calculated so that a worker of average ability can procure a salary at least equal to that of a regular employee performing similar work.

Country Profile

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

Get the full Country Snapshot with 25 sections of information about labor law in Mali.