Country Information

Officially known as the Republic of Belarus, this eastern European country is landlocked between Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia. Russian and Belarusian are both official languages. Belarus shares close trading ties with Russia and has a robust agricultural industry. With favorable business conditions and direct access to the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) markets, Belarus is an ideal location for expansion.

Employment Contracts

An employment contract must be written and there must be two copies. All pages must be signed. The employment contract must include:

  • Both parties’ names and addresses
  • Workplace location
  • Responsibilities
  • Work hours, probation period
  • Start date
  • Annual leave
  • Other types of leave
  • Salary.

It must also include the probation period. Employers can use fixed-term employment contracts, which must have a start and end date. These contracts end when the contract is complete if the specific task has been finished or if the climate ends seasonal work. Permanent contracts must have a start date but do not need an end date.

Working Hours

The standard workweek is 40 hours over five days. Overtime is capped at 180 hours a year, 10 hours a week and paid at a percentage of the basic rate.

Sick Leave

Employees receive a large percentage of their salary for the first 12 days of illness and then 100% beyond that. The employer is responsible for paying this leave.

Maternity/Paternity Leave

Female employees receive 126 days of maternity leave which increases to 140 days in the event of complications or multiple births. Female employees also receive three years of unpaid maternity leave, during which her position is secured. Maternity leave is covered by social security. Male employees can request 30 days of unpaid leave. There is no paid paternity leave.

Compensation

Employees in Belarus are entitled to a minimum monthly. Bonuses are common, as is a 13th month of pay, although this is not required by law.

Vacation Leave

Employees receive 24 days of paid annual leave.

Public Holidays
  • New Year’s
  • Orthodox Christmas
  • Women’s Day
  • Radunitsa
  • Labor Day
  • Victory Day
  • Independence Day
  • October Revolution Day
  • Christmas Day
Health Insurance Benefits

The state provides public healthcare. However, it is common for employers to offer supplementary private healthcare.

Employment / Termination / Severance

The probation period is capped at three months while a fixed-term contract can be a maximum of five years with no limit on renewals. The notice period is typically a month. However, if it is not specified in the contract, then it is three days during the probation period and then two months afterwards. Severance pay is capped at two weeks and is paid if the employee refuses to be relocated for work, is unwell, lacks the necessary qualifications or is called up for military service. It increases to three months for redundancies or bankruptcy.

Local Laws & Regulations

We understand that local laws and regulations change and sourcing an accurate reference guide is not easy. Our data is researched and verified by our team of local international Employment Attorneys, HR and Benefit Professionals and Tax Accountants through our Atlas team and consultants, to ensure information up-to-date and accurate.

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