Samoa

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Country Snapshot

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

Termination of Employment

When an employee works full-time under a permanent contract, then they may not be terminated without notice. If an employer wishes to immediately terminate the employment contract when notice is due, the employer may pay the employee in lieu of notice. Notice periods range from 1 week to 8 weeks, depending on seniority. Employees can be dismissed without notice in case of gross misconduct.

No notice is required for terminating a casual employee who has worked for less than 2 months, or a seasonal employee. 

Work Permits

Any person who is not a citizen of Samoa must not undertake employment in Samoa unless an employment permit has been granted. A foreign national may apply for an employment permit in writing to the Minister of Labor with the prescribed lodgment and application fees. Work permits are only valid for 2 years.

Paid Annual Leave

Employees are entitled to paid maternity leave when they have worked for the same employer for 12 consecutive months and provide a medical certificate proving their pregnancy. Maternity leave lasts for 6 weeks and is paid either as two-thirds of the ordinary salary during the maternity leave or 4 weeks of full pay and 2 weeks of unpaid maternity leave. An employee who miscarries in the third trimester or who delivers a stillborn is also entitled to maternity leave. Upon returning from maternity leave, an employer must guarantee the employee the same or equivalent position with the same pay rate upon the employee’s return.

Working Hours

A full work week is 40 hours or 8 hours a day. The employee and employer can agree that the employee who works less than 8 hours a day may work extra time on the remaining days of the week. However, the number of hours in a day may not exceed 9 and the hours for the week may not exceed 40.

Maternity Leave

Employees are entitled to paid maternity leave when they have worked for the same employer for 12 consecutive months and provide a medical certificate proving their pregnancy. Maternity leave lasts for 6 weeks and is paid either as two-thirds of the ordinary salary during the maternity leave or 4 weeks of full pay and 2 weeks of unpaid maternity leave. An employee who miscarries in the third trimester or who delivers a stillborn is also entitled to maternity leave. Upon returning from maternity leave, an employer must guarantee the employee the same or equivalent position with the same pay rate upon the employee’s return.

Minimum Wage

The current minimum wage in Samoa is WST 3.00 (Samoan talas) an hour.

Country Profile

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