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Labour market

This sphere of relations is primarily governed by the Labour Code of the Republic of Belarus. Moreover, there are many other legislative acts that regulate specific issues in this sphere.

According to the Labour Code, the labour contract is made in writing. Mandatory conditions included in the provisions of the labour contract are also set out in the Labour Code.

The standard working week may not exceed forty hours, while certain categories of employees have reduced hours. A five or six day working week is usual, with Sunday being the normal non-working day. Usually, the length of the working day may not exceed eight hours, with one hour for lunch. There are special rules governing work at night, on weekends and on public holidays, as well as governing employment of minors. At least twenty-four days holiday should be offered annually.

Commercial organisations and individual entrepreneurs have the right to independently determine employees’ pay, taking into account the complexity of work, skills required, working conditions and other criteria.

The government annually sets a minimum wage, which an employer must abide by, under normal conditions and during normal working hours, to meet legislative norms.

A collective labour agreement may set a higher monthly minimum wage.

More detailed information about regulation of labour relations in Belarus is available in the attached file.