Employer of Record in Lebanon
Skuad's Lebanon EOR (Employer of Record) solution helps you expand your business into Lebanon without setting up a separate entity. Our tech-enriched global HR platform enables companies to expedite the onboarding of remote teams, manage their payroll, benefits, etc., compliantly. Skuad helps you streamline the global expansion process with the able assistance of our international network.
Lebanon at a Glance
Lebanon, officially known as The Lebanese Republic, is one of the smallest countries located in Western Asia. It is situated across the Mediterranean, bordered by countries of Syria, Cyprus, and Israel. Lebanon is a commercial hub for the Middle East.
Capital - Beirut
Area - 10,452 sq km (4,036 sq miles)
Population - 6.8 million
Currency - Lebanese Pound (LBP)
GDP - $51.9 billion (2019)
Languages - Arabic
What You Must Know Before Employing in Lebanon
The Lebanese Code of Labour, 1946, is the main source of employment law in the country. There are several domestic laws relating to foreign employment, social security, occupational health, and others. The decisions of the Labour Ministry and government decrees also regulate employment in the country. Below are some of the key entitlements and other aspects of employment laws in Lebanon.
To carry out business operations in Lebanon a company should be aware of all aspects of Lebanon's employment laws and regulations. Though they might look complex, they are similar to those of other countries. To mitigate the challenges of setting up an office or adhering to compliance matters in the country, partnering with a local payroll provider who is well aware of Lebanon laws for local and foreign citizens can help make the process easier.
To ensure compliance with the Lebanese employment laws, Contact Skuad today.
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Contractors vs. Full-Time Employees
The main differences between contractors and full-time employees are as follows:
- Contractors are hired for a certain duration or specific tasks and paid as per the payment terms agreed under the contract. In contrast, a full-time employee is a permanent employee and is paid based on hours worked per week. Full-time employees can avail of all legal and government benefits which are absent for contractors.
- An employee under contractual employment is not considered a part of an organization's staff. An employer is responsible for all full-time employees; however, no such responsibility is claimed with contractors.
The choice of employment type depends on the size, resources, nature of work, and organization requirements. Both types of workers can be employed where independent contractors are limited to specific or technical tasks, and permanent employees are allotted regular work. It is one of the key decisions that the company needs to make before hiring the workforce.
For independent contractors, the organization doesn't take any responsibility for payroll taxes, whereas, for permanent employees, it can withhold and pay such taxes. The same applies to social security measures. Managing any type of employment is an extra responsibility that requires half of the resources and strength of a company. Skuad takes up this responsibility and recruits employees based on your business's needs and for particular tasks. It also manages its payroll and benefits, all in compliance with the local laws. Book a demo here to learn more about Skuad's services.
Hiring in Lebanon
If there is a work permit (for foreign workers), employers can employ persons across the globe in Lebanon under a contract of employment. However, the first preference should be given to nationals as per the mandate of Lebanon's government. There are various platforms available online through which employees can be recruited in Lebanon. Some of them are as follows:
The main advantage of hiring through these platforms is the easy access they offer without any workload on your HR management team. It gives access to a wide range of candidates in large numbers from varying backgrounds. Employers can directly contact job-seekers and vice versa. However, one of the drawbacks of hiring in this manner is the huge task of quality assessment of the candidates.
Moreover, you will have to dedicate your internal staff and resources to manage each potential employee in compliance with the local laws, which can be time-consuming and expensive. During a business expansion, all these tasks in the company divert your main focus; hence working with an ally like an EOR can make the process more streamlined and easy. As a Lebanon EOR service provider, Skuad can assist the companies by recruiting and hiring both full-time and contract-based employees while ensuring 100% compliance with the local laws.
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In Lebanon, every employee should undergo a three-month probation period for performance assessment. During the probationary period, an employee can't avail any benefits of employment.
Termination of Service
You can avail yourself of Skuad's Lebanon EOR services to manage your expansion in a timely, hassle-free manner in compliance with the local laws.
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EOR Solution in Lebanon
When you decide to expand your business operations in Lebanon, you must choose whether you want to set up an in-house HR team or partner with a payroll outsourcing service to manage your HR needs.
Outsourcing Employment Through an Employer of Record
Expansion of business operations in a foreign country can be a long, tedious, and expensive process, especially if you choose to set up a separate legal entity with in-house teams to look after the recruitment and hiring of employees. Instead, you can expedite your business expansion plans by hiring an expert EOR service provider to cater to all your staffing requirements.
Skuad's comprehensive EOR Lebanon services ensure that all the processes relating to payroll management, taxation, drafting of legal documents, work permits, and visas are handled smoothly and comply with the local laws. With our tech-enriched HR platform, you can leverage the multitude of business opportunities in Lebanon to your benefit. We offer tailor-made EOR solutions for all your expansion needs!
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Types of Visas in Lebanon
Whether for relocating employees or hiring new employees, the employers and employees must make sure that they have a working visa that complies with the country's labor laws. There are different visas that Lebanon offers for people willing to enter the country. These varied visas are as follows
- Tourism visas & Transit visas
- Business visas
- Student visas
- Family reunification visas
- Work visas, having a validity of 3 months
The different types of visas state the duration of the time an individual can stay in the country. Initially, employees should obtain a work visa to enter and work in Lebanon. Later, they can apply for resident visas.
Talk to us and get more information and guidance related to types of visas and work visa requirements in Lebanon. Skuad can handle all your visa requirements and ensure the expansion process does not get delayed.
Without a work permit, foreign workers are not allowed to work in Lebanon. A local partner is essential to get all the work done. Skuad's local EOR partner can sponsor work permits in Lebanon on your behalf so that you can hire workers remotely without setting up a separate entity in Lebanon.
Skuad takes care of all these requirements, and its tech-enriched HR platform enables client companies to manage their workforce activities remotely.
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Things You Must Know to Set Up Payroll in Lebanon
Management of Payrolls is a crucial task in HR and should be complied with Lebanon's policies on Taxes and Social security funds. Only a registered employer should provide payroll in most countries, including Lebanon.
The first step would be to set up a local subsidiary that will help the company hiring, setting up payrolls, work legally in the country and provide benefits and compensation to the employees. It requires time and effort to set up a subsidiary in Lebanon while complying with its laws. Skuad can help with payroll management via its unified employment platform while completely being compliant with Lebanese employment laws.
Taxes in Lebanon
Skuad takes care of onboarding and management of remote teams. It also handles taxes, social security contributions, and payroll of all employees recruited. Through this, businesses can ease the processes at the time of expansions to save time and resources.
Employers in Lebanon are not compelled to provide bonuses to their employees, but they may do so if they like.
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Incorporation: How to Set Up a Subsidiary in Lebanon
A company can expand into a new country by incorporating a subsidiary of the parent/holding company. The business laws of Lebanon deal with various forms of subsidiaries, including a limited liability company (LLC), a representative office, and a joint-stock company. LLCs are the most favored form of business vehicle opted by companies. This is because an LLC is considered a separate legal entity, which reduces the risk for the partners and shareholders.
The registration and incorporation of a subsidiary in Lebanon include the following steps:
- Firstly, upon approval of shareholders, board meetings, the bylaws, registration commercial circular, and other documents such as the Power of Attorney and shareholder details must be submitted to the Commerce Registry.
- A temporary bank account should be opened to deposit the capital of the company.
- Applicable stamp duty and fees need to be paid.
- A unique Tax Identification number is issued to the company along with an incorporation certificate. Meanwhile, the other formalities of tax, social benefits, and National Health Insurance registrations have to be made.
The entire registration process takes approximately 4 weeks upon submission of the required documents. The companies execute all these processes through a local notary or partner.
Skuad's EOR services can fast-track your expansion process, allowing you to start your business operations in Lebanon immediately. Right from recruiting the right employees to managing your payroll, Skuad's EOR Lebanon services will handle all the compliances for you so that you can commence business operations on time. Skuad, which has a global network across 120 countries, can facilitate your subsidiary incorporation in Lebanon. Talk to Skuad experts here.
A Professional Employer Organization (PEO) is an organization that provides services such as HR consulting, employee payroll management, insurance liabilities, and others in a joint partnership with businesses. An EOR also provides similar services; however, the difference lies in the arrangement or association between the EOR company and the business.
- A PEO acts as a co-employer who shares equal control of employees with the company; however, this has its own risks and expected challenges.
- On the other hand, in an EOR, no such arrangement is required as they take full responsibility for employee recruitments, taxes, and all other HR services without the client losing administrative control. Foreign workers can be recruited at ease with the help of an EOR in compliance with all regulatory requirements.
A company can choose either PEO or EOR based on its requirements and expansion strategy. However, EOR comes with a better package of services when the company doesn't have any entity set up in the country.
Skuad's EOR solutions help companies seeking to expand their business internationally to do so without having to deal with the hassle and liability of complying with the local labor and employment laws. If you already have an entity set up in Lebanon, you can avail yourself of our PEO services. Talk to Skuad experts to learn more.