Tunisia

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

Termination of Employment

In Tunisia, employers and employees must give one month's notice in writing. This notice period is the same for all categories of employees. If the provisions of an individual or collective agreement require a longer period of notice, those provisions will be applied.

The employer must indicate the reasons for termination of employment in the notice letter. If compensation is paid in lieu of notice, the amount must be at least equal to wages payable for the notice period's length or its remainder. The employee has a right to time off to seek other employment during the second half of the notice period, without any salary loss.

Work Permits

Foreign employees who wish to work in Tunisia must possess an employment contract and a residence card that includes authorization to work in Tunisia. Under certain circumstances, work permits are also issued without employment contract, for example, in case of managers with full powers and legal representatives or employees with international organizations.

Employment contracts signed by a foreign national with a Tunisian company should not exceed 1 year. Moreover, the contract is renewable only once with the approval of the relevant authorities. The contract may be renewed more than once if the company is undertaking development projects that local authorities have approved. Both the contract and its renewal must be approved by the Ministry of Employment.

Paid Annual Leave

Female employees in Tunisia are entitled to 30 days of paid maternity leave upon a child's birth. In the case of illness or complications arising from pregnancy and confinement, a female worker is entitled to 15 days of additional leave. Leaves are granted upon the employee providing a medical certificate.

Qualifying mothers are eligible to receive maternity benefits from the social security fund of two-thirds (66.7%) of the average daily wage during the period of maternity leave (30 days) and any subsequent extension on medical grounds (up to 15 days). This allowance is granted only if the employee has worked for at least 80 days in the last year preceding the quarter of her delivery.

Working Hours

Tunisia's Labor Code sets a standard 48-hour workweek for most sectors and requires one weekly 24-hour rest period. The standard working hours may be reduced without going below a 40-hour week or an equivalent average established over a period of time other than a week (but not exceeding 1 year). In case of interruption of work, the law allows certain industries to increase the working duration to a maximum of 64 hours a week in order to take into account the loss of time resulting from the interruption. 

Maternity Leave

Female employees in Tunisia are entitled to 30 days of paid maternity leave upon a child's birth. In the case of illness or complications arising from pregnancy and confinement, a female worker is entitled to 15 days of additional leave. Leaves are granted upon the employee providing a medical certificate.

Qualifying mothers are eligible to receive maternity benefits from the social security fund of two-thirds (66.7%) of the average daily wage during the period of maternity leave (30 days) and any subsequent extension on medical grounds (up to 15 days). This allowance is granted only if the employee has worked for at least 80 days in the last year preceding the quarter of her delivery.

Minimum Wage

On January 1, 2022, the Tunisian General Labour Union and the Tunisian Union of Industry, Trade, and Handicrafts signed an agreement to increase the minimum wages of private sector employees for 2022-2024. 

The current guaranteed minimum interprofessional wage in the non-agricultural sectors governed by the labor code is fixed at TND 390.62 (Tunisian dinars) for a 40-hour workweek and at TND 459.264 per month for a 48-hour workweek. The minimum wage applies to employees who are at least 18 years old. 

The guaranteed minimum agricultural wage is set at TND 17.664 per day for workers who are at least 18 years old. Specialized and qualified agricultural workers are provided a premium referred to as “technicality premium.

Country Profile

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