Comparative Guides

Welcome to Mondaq Comparative Guides - your comparative global Q&A guide.

Our Comparative Guides provide an overview of some of the key points of law and practice and allow you to compare regulatory environments and laws across multiple jurisdictions.

Start by selecting your Topic of interest below. Then choose your Regions and finally refine the exact Subjects you are seeking clarity on to view detailed analysis provided by our carefully selected internationally recognised experts.

4. Results: Answers
Labour and Employment
Trends and predictions
How would you describe the current employment landscape and prevailing trends in your jurisdiction? Are any new developments anticipated in the next 12 months, including any proposed legislative reforms?

Answer ... In recent years Lebanon has faced economic challenges which have had a direct impact on employers and the labour force. The unemployment rate has reportedly increased, with employers terminating employment contracts due to economic or technical circumstances, as detailed in question 5.1.

Lebanon has also witnessed an increase in the number of foreign illegal workers in recent years, which may be due to the tensions in the region, including the Syrian war and the influx of refugees.

As a result, the Ministry of Labour is primarily focusing its efforts on fighting illegal employment and businesses. The ministry has been carrying out inspections and has put in place certain policies that require employers to obtain permits for any undocumented workers, under pain of fines. The Ministry of Labour is also endeavouring to identify and close down businesses that are illegally operated by foreigners without a permit and without due observance of, and compliance with, Lebanese laws and regulations.

In 2018, the Ministry of Labour also issued a decision based on the Foreigners’ Employment Law regarding jobs that must be reserved exclusively for Lebanese employers and employees (with some exceptions permitted under certain conditions), including in the banking, insurance, education and artisan sectors, in addition to the liberal professions.

For more information about this answer please contact: Malek Takieddine from Aljad Law
Labour and Employment