Guyana has several laws which govern the employment of labour. Some of the significant laws in this regard are as follows:
- Labour Act
- Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act
- Wages Council Act
- Leave with Pay Act
- Shops (Consolidation) Act
- Prevention of Discrimination Act
- Occupational Safety and Health Act
- Labour (Conditions of Employment of Certain Workers) Act
- Trade Unions Recognition Act
- Employment of Young Persons and Children Act
- Licensed Premises Act
- Factories (Hours and Holidays) Act
These laws address matters such as the treatment of wages and salaries, normal hours of work and overtime, leave with pay, safety, health and welfare, accidents and occupational diseases, termination of employment and severance pay, registration and regulation of industrial establishments, collective agreements, employment of young persons and duty of employers to keep records.
The normal workweek is legislated as 40 hours over not more than 5 days. Any hours of work beyond normal hours are remunerated as overtime in accordance with applicable law.
The statutory minimum wage in Guyana is G$44,200 per month; however, the public service minimum wage is $70,000 per month.
Employment of Foreigners
Foreigners require a work permit issued by the Immigration Authority to be employed in Guyana. Application for a work permit requires information on both the employer and the intended non-national employee.
A CARICOM national holding a CSME Skilled National Certificate and his/her spouse are not required to obtain work permits to be employed in Guyana.