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Labor Regulation


The Ministry of Labor is the entity responsible for developing and implementing the Labor Law. Employment contracts are generally concluded in written form (although this is not obligatory). Written contracts shall be formulated in Arabic, but could be translated to a foreign language if the employer or the salaried person is a foreigner and unacquainted with the Arabic language. Contracts should comply with the provisions of the Common Law.


Employers who hire fifteen or more salaried persons shall be required to lay down a scheme regulating working conditions in his establishment. The scheme must be ratified by the Minister of Labor, and the regulations must incorporate the Labor Law guidelines.



  • Salaries and Wages

The minimum wage in Lebanon is currently set at LBP 650,000 (or the equivalence of USD 450). Information on payroll taxes are included in the Tax System section.


  • Working Hours
  • Working Hours. The standard working time is eight hours per day or the equivalent of 48 hours per week as set by the Labor Law guidelines
  • Breaks. The employer shall grant his salaried personnel a minimum of an hour rest that shall be interposed in the middle of the day whenever the duration of work exceeds six hours for men and five hours for women
  • Leaves. Every salaried person employed in an establishment for at least one year shall be entitled to an annual leave of fifteen days with full pay



The employer and the employee can mutually agree to break a written work contract at any time, in which case there is no payment for damages or entitlements. However, in situations where one party breaks the contract, the injured party is entitled to seek compensation. If the employee was dismissed without any notification period, he should be compensated for the notification he’s entitled to, according to the following:



Duration of Service

Duration of Notification Period

Less than 3 years

1 month

3 – 6 years

2 months

6- 12 years

3 months

More than 12 years

4 months

Source: Ministry of Labor



Every foreigner seeking entry to Lebanon to practice a certain profession or work, with or without pay, is required to obtain a prior approval from the Ministry of Labor (except for artists who shall obtain the approval from the General Security Directorate). The foreigner shall apply abroad, through the official Lebanese mission or an authorized representative of the concerned person in Lebanon.  


If the foreign applicant is a salary earner, the employer is required to submit to the Ministry of Labor an application wherein he/she declares his/her approval to receive the foreign worker. The application must be supported by documents and instruments, which corroborate the contents of the foreigner’s application, as well as a labor contract certified by a public notary in Lebanon, or by one of the Lebanese Diplomatic Corps accredited abroad.


A foreigner, who intends to cumulate the quality of partner/shareholder, should fulfill the following conditions:

  • The share of the applicant in the capital should not be less than LBP 100 million
  • The applicant must declare the extent of his/her possibilities to employ Lebanese workers (at least 3 Lebanese workers against each foreigner and register them at the social security service within the first 6 months).
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