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Georgia

GUIDE TO EMPLOYMENT AND PAYROLL IN GEORGIA

OVERVIEW

QUICK FACTS ABOUT GEORGIA

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CURRENCY: Georgian Lari (GEL)

PAYROLL FREQUENCY: Monthly

CAPITAL: Tbilisi

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE: Georgian

REVISION DATE: January 5, 2022

EXCHANGE RATE:

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GEORGIAN LARI

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

PAYROLL + TAXATION

PAYROLL CYCLE

In Georgia, most commonly payroll occurs monthly with payment being on the last working day of the month.

Thirteenth-month payments are not mandatory. Employers can pay bonuses at their discretion.

INCOME TAX

Employee income tax is a flat rate of 20%.

EMPLOYER COST

The employer cost is 2% for Pension.

MINIMUM WAGE + WORKING HOURS

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MINIMUM WAGE

There is no statutory requirement for the federal minimum wage. 

WORKING HOURS + OVERTIME

Typically, a work week in Georgia consists of 40 hours. Five working days, 8 hours each. In some sectors, the work week is increased to 48 hours.


When an employee is requested to work on holidays or to work more than the standard 40 hours per week, there are maximums in relation to the number of hours allowed. This is regulated by employment contracts and or collective agreements.

An overtime rate is stipulated in the employment contract and is commonly 200.00% of the employees’ regular rate of pay.

LEAVE

PAID TIME OFF

In Georgia, the annual leave entitlement for a full-time employee is 24 days of paid vacation leave in one single year and an additional 15 days of unpaid vacation leave upon completion of 11 months of service within a single organization. If an employment contract is terminated before an employee has taken the total paid leave entitlement, the unused entitlement will be issued to the employee as a payment.

GEORGIAN NATIONAL HOLIDAYS

Holidays Celebrated:

New Year’s Day

New Year Holiday

Orthodox Christmas Day

Orthodox Epiphany

Mother’s Day

International Women’s Day

Independence Restoration

Orthodox Good Friday

Orthodox Easter

Victory Day

Saint Andrew the First Called

Independence Day

Saint Mary’s Day

Svetitskhovloba

Saint George’s Day

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SICK DAYS

If an employees is sick they receive full paid leave for up to 30 days. The employee must provide a sickness certificate from an authorized medical physician confirming the sickness to receive payment.

MATERNITY LEAVE

Women are entitled to 126 days paid pregnancy leave, or 143 in case of complications or if twins are delivered, with a pregnancy benefit equal to 100% of the normal daily wage (up to 1,000 Georgian Lari or $318.98).

Post-pregnancy, mothers can take up to 604 days off work to care for newborns.

PATERNITY LEAVE

A mother can transfer 57 days of maternity leave to her partner and in addition, both parents can request two weeks of annual leave to care for a child aged below five.

OTHER LEAVE

Employees who have adopted a child can take up to 550 days off, with benefits for 90 days paid by the state, up to a limit of GEL 1,000.

NOTICE + PROCESS

TERMINATION

TERMINATION PROCESS

Termination is allowed if a just cause is established (fraud, negligence, long-term disability, or incompatibility with assigned tasks).

NOTICE PERIOD

Employers are required to provide notice 30 days in advance of termination for severance situations.

SEVERANCE PAY

An employer should offer a severance package equal to at least one month’s pay if an employee is laid off for economic reasons, incompatibility with work responsibilities, or long-term disability.

PROBATION PERIOD

In Georgia, the probation period is dependent on the type of role and is stipulated within the employment agreement. In general, probation periods must not exceed six months.

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