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Libya, officially the State of Libya, is located in the Maghreb region of North Africa. The Mediterranean Sea is to its north, and it is bordered by Egpyt, Sudan, Chad, Niger, Algeria and Tunisia. Libya's capital is Tripoli and its official language is Arabic. Its economy is heavily dependent on oil and gas exports.

Employment contracts in Libya may be verbal or written. They may be indefinite or for a fixed term.

Written employment contracts must be in Arabic and executed in three copies. The contract should follow the model employment contract published by the Ministry of Labor.

The maximum working hours in Libya are 10 hours per day and 48 hours per week. Employers must give employees at least 24 consecutive hours of rest per week, on Friday.

Employers in Libya must pay overtime to employees who work more than eight hours per day. Overtime rates are:

  • 150% of the employee’s normal hourly rate for up to three overtime hours on a working day, and

  • 200% of their normal hourly rate for work on a rest day.

Employees in Libya can take paid sick leave each year of up to:

  • 45 consecutive days, or

  • 60 intermittent days.

Female employees in Libya receive 14 weeks of paid maternity leave. She must take at least six weeks of maternity leave after childbirth.

Libya’s labor law does not provide for paternity leave.

Libya has a minimum wage. Libya’s labor law does not require employers to pay bonuses.

Employees in Libya receive 30 days paid annual leave each year. Annual leave is 45 days for employees:

  • aged 50 or more, or

  • with at least 20 years of service.

In Libya, the public holidays are:

  • Libyan Revolution Day

  • Labor Day

  • Eid al-Fitr

  • May Day

  • Eid al-Adha

  • Day of Arafah

  • Hijri New Year

  • Martyrs’ Day

  • The Prophet’s Birthday

  • Liberation Day

  • Independence Day

Libya has a national healthcare system. Employers in Libya may offer private health insurance with evacuation as a benefit.

An employer in Libya can terminate an indefinite employment contract by giving the employee 30 days’ notice. An employer in Libya may dismiss an employee immediately if they pay the employee the wages for the notice period upfront.

Expatriates' end-of-service pay is:

  • one-half month of salary for each year of service up to five years, and

  • one month of salary for each additional year of service.

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