Employment Contract Details
In Albania, is best practice to have employee agreements in writing. This document can be bilingual and should mention specific information for the conditions of the employment such as compensation, benefits, notice period, termination requirements among others.
The maximum probation period in Albania is 3 months.
Minimum Wage Requirements
The minimum monthly wage in Albania is 30,000 ALL. Salary increases are usually every 2 years and by a decree of the government.
Maximum working hours and overtime
Standard working hours are 8 hours per day and 40 hours per week. Employees cannot work on Sundays.
- Maternity leave: employees are entitled to a total of 95 days of leave. The first 35 days must be taken prior to the childbirth, and the remaining 63 days after the child is born. For a multiple pregnancy, the employee is entitled to 155 days of leave.
- Maternity income will be: 80 % of the daily average of the estimated base of the last calendar year for the prenatal period and for 150 calendar days after birth and 50% of the daily average of the estimated base of the last calendar year for the following period
- Breastfeeding: whn the maternity leave is finished and the employee returns to work, until the child becomes 1 year old she can take a paid break up to 2 hours in the standard working hours, or have the daily working hours reduced to 6 hours.
The salary during the maternity leave and all additional contributions are paid by the Social Security Institution.
- Paternity leave: employees can take leave after the child is 63 days, if the mother does not take maternity leave from the health insurance. As there is no statutory paternity leave, it is best practice to grant 10 days of paternity leave, at discretion of the employer.
Due to illness, employees are entitled to receive 80% of their salary from the employer until the 14th day. From the 15th day, the employee will be covered by the Social Security Institution and will receive an income of: 70% of the daily average of the estimated base of last calendar year, when the insured has up to 10 years of insurance, and 80% when the employee has over 10 years of insurance.