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The Kingdom of Morocco is located in the Maghreb region of Africa and overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. The official languages are Arabic and Berber, each with their own regional dialects. French is also widely spoken. The Moroccan economy has historically centered around the service industry. Agriculture is another significant contributor to Morocco's economy. Morocco is one of the world's largest producers of artichokes.

There are three types of employment contracts in Morocco: fixed term, indefinite term and job completion.

Definite-term contracts may not exceed 12 months (one year) and can be renewed only once, while indefinite-term contracts do not have an expiration date. In the case of a fixed-term contract, if an employee continues working for the employer after the contract expires, then the fixed-term contract will automatically become an indefinite-term contract. The probation period for indefinite-term contracts cannot exceed three months for managers, 1.5 month for office employees, and 15 days for on-site laborers. For definite-term contracts that are for less than six months the probation period is limited to one day for every week and 30 days for contracts for more than six months.

The probation period can be renewed only once. The employer is required to have an employment card issued and annually renewed for the employee from the Labour office. They are also required to establish an internal medical first aid room with a doctor when employing more than 50 employees. In Morocco, every 26 days or 191 hours of work is considered one full month of employment.

The standard workweek in Morocco is 44 hours a week up to 10 hours a day. Every 26 days or 191 hours of work is one full month of employment. The standard work year is 2,288 hours. Overtime is capped at two hours per day and 80 hours per year. Overtime can be extended to 100 hours per year with permission from the Worker’s Council. Overtime pay during the day (6 a.m. to 9 p.m.) is 125% of the basic rate. Overtime worked at night (9 p.m. to 6 a.m.) is paid at 150% of the basic rate. Overtime during weekends and public holidays is increased to 150% for work during the day, and 200% for work during the evening, in addition to receiving an alternate day of rest. The total amount of overtime must be paid in the following pay date of the salary. Weekly rest should be at least one day per week on Friday, Saturday, Sunday or on the weekly market day. Female employees can work night shifts after consultations with the labor unions.

Employees in Morocco receive sick leave after the fourth day of illness, if they have contributed to social security in the previous six months, notify their employer within 48 hours of illness, and have a medical certificate. It is paid at 66% of the employee’s basic salary. Employees are required to inform their employers of their sick leave within 48 hours after getting sick and submit a medical certificate within four days.

Generally, female employees receive 14 weeks of fully paid maternity leave in Morocco, seven weeks before the due date and seven weeks after delivery. However, in the event of pregnancy-related illnesses, the paid maternity period is extended to eight weeks before the due date and a maximum of 14 weeks after the delivery. They can also qualify for 12 months of unpaid leave to take care of the newborn child. Employees who are either pregnant or on maternity leave and choose to resign can do so without adhering to the termination notice period, as long as they inform their employer no later than 15 days before the expiration of maternity leave.

Male employees in Morocco receive three days of paid paternity leave, consecutive or separated, which should be determined by the parties. The employer will pay the employee during paternity leave his regular salary and can request reimbursement from the National Social Security.

Salaries must be paid in the Moroccan currency and distributed twice a month with a payment receipt. The minimum wage in Morocco varies by sector. Employees are entitled to periodic increases in their salaries. Bonuses based on seniority are common.

Employees receive 1.5 days of annual leave in Morocco for every month of service.

In Morocco, the public holidays are:

  • New Year's Day

  • Anniversary of the Independence Manifesto

  • Labor Day/May Day

  • Eid al-Fitr

  • Eid al-Adha

  • Feast of the Throne

  • Hijra New Year

  • Anniversary of the Recovery Oued Ed-Dahab

  • Anniversary of the Revolution of the King and the People

  • Youth Day

  • The Prophet Muhammad's Birthday

  • Anniversary of the Green March

  • Independence Day

Morocco has universal health insurance.

The fixed-term employment contract in Morocco expires automatically on the expiration date or on completing the designated work. If any of the contracted parties terminates the fixed-term contract before its expiration, the terminating party is required to compensate the other the total amount of salary due until the expiration date provided that the termination was without cause or the influence of external forces beyond the control of the contracted parties.

In Morocco, an employee is considered to have resigned their position after 180 days of consecutive absence in a year. The termination notice period depends on the duration and type of employment. In the case of daily, weekly, or bi-weekly paid laborers, they receive a two-day notice before termination. During the termination notice period, the employee is entitled to receive two hours per day of paid leave to search for alternative employment provided the total absence does not exceed eight hours per week or 30 hours per month. This absence should be determined by both the employer and employee, where each party will alternate in choosing the days of the two-hour absence.

The employer and employee may terminate the indefinite-term contract at any time provided that there exists cause for the termination. In some instances, the employer may terminate a contract without notice or severance in cases of misconduct.

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