Need to begin benchmarking employee benefits in Albania for 2021? This market and benchmark insight report for Albania was prepared by Asinta’s employee benefits consulting Partner in the country, MAI CEE. The information is easy to understand and gives you a solid footing to help you move forward in your decisions about the benefits you want to offer employees in Albania.
Inside the report, you’ll find details about benchmarking employee benefits in Albania for 2021 including:
- Statutory Benefits
- Insured Benefits
- Fringe Benefits and Perks
- Plan Setup
The following is an excerpt.
The Albanian labor code governs annual vacations and provides a minimum paid annual leave of no less than four calendar weeks in one year (pro-rata for those who have worked less than one year). To calculate annual leave, sick time is considered as working time. An employer determines when an employee takes annual leave and considers the employee’s preferences. The employee is obliged to give the employer at least 30 days prior notice of the dates for his annual leave. Moreover, in cases where the employee receives a salary that includes contribution in kind (e.g., accommodation, food, and travel expenses), a bonus equal to the contribution in kind, e.g., travel expenses for homeward travel, is awarded. A decision of the Council of Ministers sets out the method of calculation for such additional contributions.
Under the labor code provisions, “Annual leave must be given during the working year or within the first three months of the consecutive year, but in no case may it be less than one calendar week without interruptions. The right to annual leave which has accrued but has not been (awarded) taken within three years of the date when this right might be enjoyed is subject to a statute of limitations.”
There are 15 public holidays in Albania.
Sick Days/ Short-Term Disability Benefit
Employees are generally entitled to 14 days of sick leave, paid at an 80% rate by the employer. Employees who are injured at work can receive compensation from social insurance. Maternity/Paternity Leave
Employees are entitled to 365 days of paid maternity leave. The mother takes 35 days before the expected due date and a minimum of 42 days after delivery. After 42 days, the employee can remain on leave or return to work.
Women receive 80% of their average daily wage for leave before birth and up to 150 days after delivery. After that, pay is 50% of her average wage for the remaining leave.
There is no statutory paternity leave.
Employees of either gender with dependent children are eligible for up to 12 days of paid leave to tend to a child. Those with children under the age of 3 are entitled to an additional 3 days. Unpaid leave of up to 30 days per year may also be taken to care for a child.
Employees receive 2 days of unpaid leave for a death within their immediate family.
Employees receive 5 days of leave for their marriage and 2 days for the marriage of a child.
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