Mandatory employee benefits in Gabon are paid for by employers and employees and range from health care to occupational accidents and diseases, maternity and family benefits, as well as a variety of pensions. Insured benefits from employers are not common in the country.
Mandatory employee benefits
The Gabonese Social Security system has four branches:
- Health care for employees who have been medically evacuated
- Accidents and occupational diseases
- Family and maternity benefits
- Old age pension, disability, and death (survivors)
Pharmacy and hospitalizations are considered Social Security branches as well.
Following the Presidential Order of August 12, 2007, compulsory health insurance became law. First, it served the disadvantaged (December 2008), and officials then applied it to private sector employees and the self-employed in March 2011.
Under the labor code, employers are responsible for medical care not covered by Social Security and must maintain employees’ salaries during illness.
Employer and employee combined contribution rates as of January 1, 2011, for the social benefits are:
- Family allowances 8%
- Accidents, occupational diseases 3%
- Old age pensions, disability, death (survivors) 2.5% – 5%
- Fund evacuations 0.6%
- Drug Release 2%
- Hospitalization 1.5%
- TOTAL 2.5% – 20.1%