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Azerbaijan is in the Caucasus Mountains, bordered by Russia to the north, Georgia and Armenia to the west, and Iran to the south. It became an independent country in 1991 when the Soviet Union collapsed, and the post-Soviet era has included a difficult transition to democratic government, the challenge of corruption, and a difficult relationship with Azerbaijan’s neighbor Armenia. Azerbaijan’s largest industry is energy. It exports petroleum to many European countries and to China, Israel, and India. Natural gas has also become an important export in recent years. Efforts are underway to diversify the economy to be less dependent on hydrocarbons, with agriculture, tourism, logistics, and information technology being focuses of this effort.

Employment contracts in Azerbaijan must be written. It is strongly recommended that the contract be in the Azerbaijani language. Once it is signed, the employee should receive a copy. An employment contract becomes valid after registration with the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Population (MLSPP). An employment contract may be for a fixed term of up to five years, including renewals. The fixed term must be specified in the contract. Probation periods of up to three months are permitted.

The standard workweek in Azerbaijan is 40 hours with an eight-hour day over five days. In some circumstances, it is possible to establish a workweek with six working days. A six-day workweek may be structured as a 40-hour workweek with no more than seven working hours per day, or as a 36-hour workweek with no more than six working hours per day.

Overtime is allowed only in unusual circumstances and is normally limited to two hours for employees in hazardous jobs and a maximum of four hours over two working days for other employees. Overtime and work on holidays are paid at 200% of an employee’s basic rate, while work scheduled at night is paid at 140% of the basic rate. Additional time off may not be substituted for overtime hours.

Employees in Azerbaijan receive 14 days of sick leave paid by the employer. Beginning on the 15th day, the employee can receive a social insurance payment, if eligible. The sick employee must provide a medical certificate issued in accordance with the law.

Female employees in Azerbaijan receive paid maternity leave of 126 calendar days (18 weeks), 70 days to be taken before the birth and 56 days after. In the event of a birth with complications, the maternity leave increases to 156 calendar days (70 days before the birth and 86 days after). Maternity leave is 180 calendar days if there are multiple births (70 days before the birth and 110 days after).

Male employees in Azerbaijan receive 14 days of leave while their wives are on maternity leave.

Azerbaijan has a minimum wage. Performance bonuses may be paid at the discretion of the employer.

Employees receive at least 21 days of paid annual leave in Azerbaijan. Many categories of workers receive additional leave, among them managers, doctors, teachers, and workers in several scientific, medical and public health jobs. Typically, employees in these positions are entitled to either 42 or 56 days of leave per year. Employees who work underground or who have especially dangerous or difficult jobs receive a minimum of six additional days of paid leave. Employees under 16 years old and employees with disabilities receive a minimum of 42 days of leave, while those 16 to 18 years old receive a minimum of 35 days. Employees also receive additional leave based on their length of service to an employer: two additional days for five to 20 years of service; four additional days for 10 to 15 years of service; and six additional days for more than 15 years of service. Employees can also receive unpaid leaves by agreement with their employer for urgent family or personal matters, academic work, treatment of a medical condition, or certain other special situations. Generally, these leaves are for a few weeks, and the leave may not exceed six months.

In Azerbaijan, the public holidays are:

  • New Year's Day

  • Day of National Mourning

  • Women's Day

  • Victory Day

  • Republic Day

  • Day of National Salvation of the Azerbaijan People

  • Armed Forces Day

  • National Independence Day

  • Constitution Day

  • National Restoration Day

  • Azerbaijan World Solidarity Day

Azerbaijan has national health insurance. Employers sometimes provide private health insurance.

An employer in Azerbaijan that wishes to terminate an employee must justify the termination of the employment contract. Acceptable reasons for termination include: liquidation of the enterprise and personnel cutbacks; the employee is declared to be lacking the necessary professional skills by a competent body; and the employee fails to perform his/her duties without a valid reason. The employer’s order to terminate the contract must be signed and authenticated by the employer and a copy should be given to the employee along with record book and final payment. An employee may terminate an employment contract by providing the employer with a minimum of one month of notice in writing. If an employee is dismissed due to changes in the terms of employment such as the employee being called for military or national service or the employee not being able to perform their duties for six months due to disability, the employee receives a severance payment equivalent to two months of salary. Pregnant women, parents with children under three years old, temporarily incapacitated workers, and certain other categories of employees cannot be terminated under normal circumstances.

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