Overview

Capital
Belmopan
Currency
Belize Dollar (BZD)
Date Format
dd/mm/yyyy

Taxes

Employer

Employer Payroll Tax

5.09- 7.31%
Social Security
7.31% Total Employment Cost
Employee

Employee Payroll Taxes

1.69- 3.91%
Social Security
3.91% Total Employer Cost

Employee Income Tax

25%
Flat Rate
Employer Taxes
3 HIGHEST
3 LOWEST
Brazil
China
Slovakia
Belize
South Africa
Georgia
Macedonia
82.39%
41.12%
37.2%
7.31%
2%
2%
0%
Employee taxes
3 HIGHEST
3 LOWEST
Romania
Macedonia
Netherlands
Belize
Georgia
Belarus
Ukraine
45%
28%
27.65%
3.91%
2%
1%
0%

Minimum Wage

General

The hourly minimum wage is 3.30 BZD.

Minimum wage (per month)
$4000
$2663
$2491
$319
$47
$36.80
$2.33
Geneva
Luxembourg
Australia
Belize
Malawi
Angola
Venezuela
3 HIGHEST
3 LOWEST

Payroll

Payroll Cycle

Employees can be paid on a weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly basis.  

13th Salary

There are no provisions in the law.

Working Hours

General

standard workweek is 45 hours. 

Overtime

Overtime is any work exceeding: 

  • 8 hours per day in accordance with the Shops Act  
  • 9 hours per day in accordance with the Labour Act 
  • 6 days per week 
  • 45 hours per week  

 

All overtime work should be paid at 150% the normal rate.  

Leave

Paid Time Off

Employees are entitled to 2 working weeks of paid leave per year. 

Vacation days
Public holidays
3 HIGHEST
3 LOWEST
Brazil
Peru
Albania
Belize
Michigan
China
Federal
30
13
43
30
12
42
28
14
42
14
13
27
2
11
13
5
7
12
10
10
Public Holidays

There are 13 public holidays.

Sick Days

An employee is entitled to sick leave after working for an employee for 60 days. Within a 12-month period, the employee is entitled to 16 days of paid sick leave. In order to receive payment, the employee should present a medical certificate to the employer.   

After the 16th day, social security pays for sickness. Sickness benefits are paid for up to 234 days; 80% of average weekly insurable earnings for the first 156 days, and 60% of average weekly insurable earnings for the remaining 78 days.  

Maternity Leave

Female employees are entitled to 14 weeks of paid maternity leave. Up to 7 weeks of leave can be taken before the birth of the child. A minimum of two weeks prenatal and 7 weeks postnatal leave is mandatory.  

Employees receive 80% of their average weekly earnings. The minimum benefit 44.00 BZD a  week and the maximum benefit is 384.00 BZD a week.   

PAID MATERNITY LEAVE (DAYS)
410
365
365
98
45
30
0
Bulgaria
Serbia
Albania
Belize
United Arab Emirates
Tunisia
Federal
3 HIGHEST
3 LOWEST
Paternity Leave

Paternity leave is not required by law. 

Parental Leave

Parental leave is not required by law.

Termination

Termination Process

Unless an employer can provide sufficient cause for dismissal without notice (due to misconduct, disobedience, lack of skill, neglect of duties, or absence without permission), written notice is required.  

Notice Period

The notice period is determined by length of employment:

  • Over 2 weeks to 6 months – 1 week notice 
  • Over 6 months to 2 years – 2 weeks’ notice 
  • Over 2 years to 5 years – 4 weeks’ notice
  • Over 5 years – 8 weeks’ notice 
Severance Pay

Employed for 5-10 years – 1 week’s wage for each year of completed service 

Over 10 years of employment – 2 week’s wage for each year completed  

Probation Period

2 weeks

VAT

General

12.5% GST rate.

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