Haiti: A Guideline to Payroll and Employer of Record

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Haiti is located on the western two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola in the Greater Antilles. The country's terrain is mostly mountainous, with the Massif de la Selle mountain range dominating the southern peninsula. The Artibonite Valley, located in the western part of the country, is Haiti's most fertile agricultural region. Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas. The economy is largely based on agriculture, with coffee being the main export crop.

Do your organization's expansion plans require hiring employees in Haiti? Do you lack a physical entity in the country – a key requisite to hire local talent? Neeyamo – one of the top Global payroll providers, assists organizations worldwide with onboarding and managing employees in Haiti- processing payroll, managing local compliance requirements, benefits, and more.

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Facts And Stats




Haitian Gourde (HTG)

Official Language

Haitian Creole and French

Fiscal Year

October 1 - September 30

Date Format


International Code


Time Zone

UTC - 5 

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Handling payroll for a widespread workforce can pose a significant challenge for any organization, and the added complication of compliance can make things worse. If companies spend more time processing payroll, it directly impacts day-to-day operations and their overall productivity. 

Over the years, Neeyamo has observed these complexities and strived to provide a global payroll solution through a single technology platform - Neeyamo Payroll. Cloud based payroll service providers, like Neeyamo, assess payroll industry trends and offer a consolidated solution in its Global Payroll Technology Stack making outsourcing payroll cost per employee easier.

Payroll Taxes

Payroll tax is the percentage amount retained from an employee's salary and paid to the government to invest in the welfare of the general population.

Employee Taxes

The income tax brackets for employees in Haiti in 2023 are as follows:

  • Employee Income Tax (1): Up to 120,000 HTG - 0%
  • Employee Income Tax (2): 120,001 - 240,000 HTG - 10%
  • Employee Income Tax (3): 240,001 - 480,000 HTG - 15%
  • Employee Income Tax (4): 480,001 - 1,000,000 HTG - 25%
  • Employee Income Tax (5): Over 1,000,000 HTG - 30%

Employer Taxes

Social Insurance Contribution:


Old Age, Disability, and Survivors: 6%/Monthly


Old Age, Disability, and Survivors: 6%/Monthly​​​​​​

Payroll Cycle


Undoubtedly, payroll is a critical aspect of any organization. The Pay cycle is a notable feature of it that provides a sense of accountability for an employee to be paid consistently for their work.


The frequency cycle is Monthly. 

13th Month Cycle

The 13th salary is a statutory requirement that employers must fulfill between December 24th and 31st. However, there is no indication that the 14th salary is obligatory.

Global Work


An Employer of Record service provider helps you get rid of the hassle of handling the complexities that come with setting up a new employee in remote locations. They act as legal employers, facilitate salary payments, and handle everything from health insurance. payroll taxes, and employee benefits to comply with local tax laws and regulations.

This ensures that the client company can focus on the employee’s everyday tasks safely in the knowledge that they have a cost-effective solution as they continue their global expansion.

HR Mandates and Practices

Minimum Wage

  • Segment A industries-HTG770.00
  • Segment B Industries-HTG615.00
  • Segment C industries-HTG540.00


Under Haitian labor law, overtime is typically paid at a premium rate of 150% of the employee's regular hourly wage. This means that for every hour of overtime worked, the employee receives a 50% pay increase. These hours may not exceed 80 hours per quarter.

Data Retention Policy

Haiti does not currently have a comprehensive data protection law in place. However, there are a number of sectoral laws that govern the retention of personal data. These include:

The Haitian Labor Code: The law requires businesses to retain employee records for a period of five years.

Hiring and Onboarding Requirements


Haiti's labor code prohibits discrimination in hiring based on race, color, sex, origin, religion, opinion, social status, or physical or mental disability. However, there is no legal requirement for employers to give preferential treatment to certain groups of people in the hiring process.

The following documents are typically required for hiring in Haiti:

  1. A Valid Haitian passport or national identity card
  2. Birth certificate or marriage certificate 
  3. Diploma or certificate of education 
  4. Work permit 
  5. Criminal record check 


The documents required for onboarding in Haiti typically include the following:

  1. Valid Haitian passport or national identity card
  2. Birth certificate or marriage certificate 
  3. Diploma or certificate of education 
  4. Work permit
  5. Criminal record check 


In Haiti, the probation period for newly hired employees is three months.


Public Holidays for 2023

  • 1 January - Independence Day
  • 2 January - Founders' Day
  • 21 February - Carnival
  • 22 February - Ash Wednesday
  • 7 April - Good Friday
  • 1 May - Labor and Agricultural Day
  • 18 May - Flag and University Day
  • 8 June - Corpus Christi
  • 15 August - Assumption Day
  • 17 October -  Death of Dessalines
  • 1 November - All Saints' Day
  • 2 November - All Souls' Day
  • 18 November - Battle of Vertieres
  • 25 December - Christmas Day

Annual leave

Permanent workers, following one year of service, are entitled to a paid leave lasting a minimum of 15 consecutive days. This includes 13 working days and 2 Sundays.

Sick leave

Workers are entitled to 15 days of sick leave per year without a reduction in salary. To avail this benefit, the worker must provide a medical certificate from either a company doctor or the Public Health Service.

Paternity leave

No statutory laws on paternity leave.

Maternity leave

Maternity leave is a paid leave of absence with a total duration of 12 weeks. During this period, the employer covers payment for 6 weeks. The leave spans six weeks before childbirth and six weeks after confinement, ensuring a balance in pre and post-natal care.and other 

A portion of the maternity leave, particularly after childbirth, will be covered by the Workplace Accident, Sickness, and Maternity Insurance Office (OFATMA).

Adoption / Miscarriage or premature birth leave:

In the case of abortion or premature birth of a non-viable child, the worker is entitled to a leave ranging from two to four weeks, during which she will receive payment based on the salary she received at the commencement of the leave. If the child is viable, the regulations pertaining to maternity leave will be applicable.



According to the Haitian Labor Law, termination notices are required for workers with over three months of service, and notice periods vary by the duration of employment.

Notice Period

The notice period is determined based on the length of employment as follows:

  1. 15 days notice for an employment period of 3 to 12 months. 
  2. 1-month notice for an employment period of 1 to 3 years. 
  3. 2-month notice for an employment period of 3 to 6 years. 
  4. 3-month notice for an employment period of 6 to 10 years.

Severance Pay

Severance pay is not mandatory in Haiti as per the law. However, employers are required to provide notice pay to employees who are terminated without cause.



To obtain an employment visa in Haiti, a comprehensive overview of the criteria and requirement documents in Haiti, as per the labor law.

Employment Visa Criteria

To be eligible for an employment visa in Haiti, foreign nationals must meet the following criteria:

  1. Valid Passport or Travel Document
  2. Employment Offer
  3. Professional Qualifications
  4. Non-Criminal Record: Provide a clean criminal record from their country of origin.
  5. Financial Solvency

Required Documents

To apply for an employment visa, foreign nationals must submit the following documents:

  1. Completed Visa Application Form
  2. Two Passport-Sized Photos
  3. Valid Passport or Travel Document.
  4. Employment Offer Letter
  5. Professional Qualifications
  6. Criminal Record Certificate
  7. Financial Documents
  8. Processing Fee

Employee Background Checks

Legal and Background Checks

The specific documents and process for legal and background checks for onboarding in Haiti may vary However, there are some general requirements that apply to all employers.

Required Documents

All employers in Haiti are required to collect certain documents from new hires, including:

  • A copy of the employee's national ID card
  • A copy of the employee's social security card
  • Proof of education
  • Proof of work experience

Employers may also require additional documents

  • A criminal background check
  • A medical certificate
  • A reference letter from a previous employer

Last updated on December 01, 2023

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