What you need to know about employment law if you’re planning to run a business in Belarus
If you’re planning to run a business in Belarus, It’s important to know about all aspects of employment law.
As an initial step, it’s a good idea to find a local lawyer in Belarus who can help you understand the employment regulations and keep you up to date on any changes.
Employment contracts can be drawn up for:
In Belarus, an employment contract can be terminated in the following circumstances:
Employment law protects employees in Belarus by restricting the grounds on which an employer can dismiss staff.
Further details on the dismissal regulations of Belarus are outlined in Article 42 of the Labour Code.
Businesses in Belarus are free to set their wages.
However, the vast majority of Belarusian enterprises retain some element of state control; within the state sector, wages are structured under the tariff system.
Employees are entitled to maternity leave in Belarus. With a falling population, the government has introduced a series of incentives to encourage Belarus women to have more children.
The current maternity leave entitlement in Belarus is:
There are limits on the number of foreign workers company can employ and special tax laws.
Traditionally trade unions have been active in Belarus. There are more than 65 trade unions in Belarus and over 4 million people in Belarus are trade union members.
In recent years the Belarus Government has imposed stricter controls on the activities of trade unions but they remain influential and lobby parliament on issues such as living standards and trade union rights.
The major pieces of legislation covering employment laws in Belarus are: