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Employer of Record in Haiti
A Brief Guide to Haiti
Situated in the heart of the Caribbean, Haiti shines with a blend of cultures and a rich history. This nation, which shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic, is bursting with raw natural beauty, resilient people, and opportunities that make it stand out as a unique investment destination.
Haitian Creole, French
27,750 sq km
Approximately 12 million
Haitian Gourde (HTG)
Cap-Haïtien, Gonaïves, Jacmel
Approximately $8.4 billion (2022)
Agriculture, Textiles, Oil Refining
Business Culture in Haiti
In Haiti, business etiquette embraces both formality and a warm personal touch. Meeting schedules are often flexible, and a genuine interest in long-term relationships is deeply valued. Time might be taken to engage in small talk, often centered around family or recent news, before delving into business. French and Haitian Creole are the principal languages, but English is increasingly understood in business contexts.
Negotiations can be a blend of straightforward and indirect communication, with an emphasis on respect and patience. Remember, business in Haiti is as much about building relationships as it is about finalizing deals.
Payroll and Taxes
Payroll and Taxes in Haiti
Employers in Haiti are required to pay a 13th month salary bonus in December.
In Haiti, income tax rates are progressive, with higher income levels subject to higher tax rates.
Gross Annual Salary (HTG)
Tax Rate (%)
Up to 60,000
60,001 – 240,000
240,001 – 480,000
480,001 – 1,000,000
Employers in Haiti are also responsible for various employer costs, which may include:
Pension and Healthcare
The Haitian pension system is predominantly a pay-as-you-go model, managed by the Office National d’Assurance-Vieillesse (ONA). Workers and employers contribute a percentage, (6% each), of their income to fund pensions, providing a safety net for the aging population. However, the system currently covers a limited portion of the workforce, primarily those in formal employment. Efforts are ongoing to enhance its coverage and effectiveness.
Healthcare in Haiti
Haitian healthcare is a mix of public and private provision, though challenges exist due to limited resources. The Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP) manages the public health sector, funded through a combination of domestic budget allocation and international aid. Public healthcare services can be accessed across the country but often face issues such as limited resources, staffing, and supplies. The quality of care can be variable, with some rural areas experiencing more difficulties in accessing services.
In contrast, private healthcare facilities, often concentrated in urban areas and major cities, usually offer higher quality care but at a higher cost. These establishments, while not affordable to all, represent a key part of healthcare provision, offering a range of services from general practice to specialized care.
The country also has a robust network of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) providing critical healthcare services, particularly in areas where public and private services are limited or absent. The efforts and involvement of these NGOs have significantly contributed to the improvement of healthcare access in Haiti.
Employment Law in Haiti
Relevant Legislation: Haiti’s labor laws are primarily regulated by the Labour Code (Code du Travail) of 1984. Other relevant legislation includes the Constitution of Haiti and various international labor agreements to which Haiti is a party.
Employment Contracts: In Haiti, employment contracts can be written or verbal, although written contracts are recommended for clarity and legal protection. These should specify terms such as wages, working hours, and conditions for termination.
Working Hours: The standard workweek in Haiti is 48 hours, spread over six days. The maximum working day is eight hours.
Leave: The law mandates a minimum of 15 days of paid annual leave after one year of service. Maternity leave is granted for 12 weeks, with six weeks before and six weeks after childbirth.
Overtime: Overtime is any work performed beyond the standard 48 hours per week and must be compensated at a rate of 125% of the regular wage.
Termination: An employee can be terminated for reasons including misconduct, lack of performance, or economic reasons. Both parties may also mutually agree to terminate the contract.
Notice: For contracts of unspecified duration, employers must give notice before terminating an employee. The notice period ranges from one to three months, depending on the length of service.
Severance Pay: If an employee is terminated without cause, they are entitled to severance pay. The amount is calculated based on the length of service, ranging from three months to three years of wages.
Work Permits in Haiti
The Directorate of Immigration and Emigration (DIE), under the Ministry of Interior and Territorial Communities, oversees immigration affairs in Haiti. The first step in the immigration process involves obtaining the appropriate visa before arrival in the country. Following that, for stays longer than the duration permitted by the visa, it becomes necessary to secure a residence permit.
Some of the main types of work permits in Haiti include:
- Business Visas: If you’re intending to carry out business activities, negotiations, attend meetings or conferences, then a business visa is required. However, this visa does not allow the holder to take up employment in Haiti.
- Work Visas: For those who wish to work in Haiti, a work visa is mandatory. To acquire this, the employer in Haiti typically needs to sponsor the foreign national. In addition, a work permit must be obtained from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor. This process often involves demonstrating that the role cannot be filled by a local citizen.
Upon arrival in Haiti, all foreign nationals are required to register their presence with the DIE. After residing in Haiti for a specific period, usually five years, foreign nationals may be eligible to apply for permanent residence. However, this is subject to certain conditions and requires approval from the DIE.
Haiti Public Holidays
New Year’s Day
Flag and University Day
Battle of Vertières Day
Discovery of Haiti Day
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