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Lebanon – Transportation Allowance Modification

On 12 August 2022, the President of the Republic of Lebanon signed Decree 9849 which modified the daily transportation allowance as per below: Each day of actual attendance at the work premises will be remunerated at a rate of 95,000 LBP for private sector emp...

Sep 1, 2022 1 min read

Pakistan Payroll Outsourcing Alert

Pakistan– Amends Personal Income Tax Rates for 2022-2023 Tax Year. On 30 June 2022, the President of Pakistan enacted the Finance Act of 2022. The Act provides for changes to the personal income tax rates

Jul 18, 2022 1 min read

Bahrain Payroll Outsourcing Alert

The employer contribution to social insurance for Bahraini nationals is increased by 2%, bringing the total contribution to 17%.

Jul 12, 2022 1 min read

Poland Payroll Outsourcing Alert

The latest round of policies, announced recently, will reduce income tax from 17% to 12% for those earning up to 120,000 zloty (€25,300) annually.

Jul 12, 2022 1 min read

Lebanon Payroll Outsourcing Alert

Lebanon – Sickness and Maternity Contribution Ceiling Amount Updated. On 23 June 2022, the Lebanon Ministry of Finance issued a decree that modified the ceiling amounts of Sickness and Maternity social security contributions. The monthly ceiling for social se...

Jul 7, 2022 1 min read

Lebanon Payroll Outsourcing Alert

Cost-of-living allowance introduced and new amendments to sickness, maternity and family allowances. On May 19, 2022, the Lebanon Ministry of Finance issued a decree that introduced a mandatory cost-of-living allowance, subject to the following terms: Emplo...

Jun 22, 2022 1 min read

United Arab Emirates Payroll Outsourcing Alert

United Arab Emirates - The Federal Decree Law no. 33 of 2021 concerning the regulation of labour relations (the “New UAE Labour Law”) will take effect on February 2, 2022. Fixed-Term Employment Contracts All employees must be employed on fixed-term employment...

Feb 17, 2022 4 min read

Lebanon Payroll Outsourcing Alert

Increase in Daily Transport Allowance and Introduction of an Education Support Grant On 24 January 2022, the government of Lebanon approved all 56 items on the 2021 draft budget law, including an introduction of an education support grant and an increase in the da...

Feb 8, 2022 2 min read

Saudi Arabia Payroll Outsourcing Alert

Effective from 1 January 2022, the General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI) announced changes to employee and employer contribution rates for the unemployment insurance law (SANED) GOSI component by reducing the total SANED contribution from 2% to 1.5%, wit...

Jan 21, 2022 2 min read

Algeria Payroll Outsourcing Alert

Algeria – Income Tax Rate Changes. The government of Algeria has announced changes to the personal income tax rates. The new rates, that are effective from 1 January 2022, were introduced in the Finance Law of 2022. The revised personal income tax rates in ac...

Jan 6, 2022 1 min read

United Arab Emirates Payroll Outsourcing Alert

The new UAE Labor Law, that comes into effective on 2 February 2022, will also impact the overtime rules for the private sector employees. These changes have been summarized below: Employees will be prohibited to work more than five consecutive hours without a...

Dec 23, 2021 2 min read

United Arab Emirates Payroll Outsourcing Alert

United Arab Emirates – UAE Announces New Weekend Days for Government Employees. The UAE will transition to a four-and-a-half-day workweek from January 1, 2022. This will see government employees get Saturday and Sunday, and Friday half-day as the new weekend. ...

Dec 12, 2021 2 min read

Saudi Arabia Payroll Outsourcing Alert

Saudi Arabia - 30% Saudization Requirement for Marketing Roles Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development issued a decision to increase the Saudization requirements for marketing professions. With the Ministry’s decision, the following Sau...

Dec 9, 2021 2 min read

Saudi Arabia Payroll Outsourcing Alert

Saudi Arabia - NITAQAT Program 2022 The Saudi Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development’s (MHRSD) has launched a revised version of the Saudization program NITAQAT. The second version hopes to provide 340,000 jobs by 2024 and simplifies the compliance r...

Dec 9, 2021 2 min read

United Arab Emirates Payroll Outsourcing Alert

United Arab Emirates – New Labor Law Announced. A new labour law will, Federal Decree-Law No 33 of 2021 on the Regulation of Labour Relations, will be replacing Federal Law No. (8) of 1980, effective from 1 February 2022. New Employment Contracts With the new la...

Dec 1, 2021 3 min read

Lebanon Payroll Outsourcing Alert

Lebanon – Transportation Allowance Increase. In Accordance with Decree no. 8318 of 8 September 2021, effective 1 October 2021, the Lebanon government has increased the daily transportation allowance for private sector employees from LBP 8,000 to LBP 24,000. This i...

Nov 8, 2021 1 min read

Jordan Payroll Outsourcing Alert

Jordan – Social Security Caps Alert for Year 2021. Effective from January 1, 2021, the Kingdom of Jordan has increased the maximum monthly salary amount that is subject to social security contributions from JOD 3,338 to JOD 3,349. The new maximum applies to empl...

Sep 1, 2021 1 min read

The 8 pillars of a global payroll strategy

Even before the arrival of the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, global organizations had long been exploring ways to optimize the hiring and management of their teams. We use the word teams because organizations can hire different types of workers. Not everyone is...

Aug 1, 2021 8 min read

Egypt Payroll Outsourcing Alert

Egypt – “Coronavirus Tax” Stopped According to Law No. 170 year 2020 Article 1, we are announcing that the COVID 19 deduction will be stopped effective from 1 August 2021 until further notification from the Government. Mercans’ Egypt Payroll Outsourcing Solutio...

Jul 27, 2021 1 min read

Egypt Payroll Outsourcing Alert

Egypt – Comprehensive Health Insurance Law No. 2 for 2018. With its Comprehensive Health Insurance Law No. 2 for the year 2018, the government of Egypt reformed the public health insurance program by introducing a phased roll-out of the new program starting in 2...

May 16, 2021 2 min read

Six Reasons Why Mercans is the Global Payroll Outsourcing Leader

Managing Human Resources and Payroll functions for a multinational company can be a complex task. Working in just, say, the US and Japan means handling two different sets of labor laws, sending cash across the Pacific Ocean, and handling employees’ data and interna...

Apr 27, 2021 6 min read

Morocco Payroll Outsourcing Alert

Morocco – New Social Solidarity Contribution Introduced. In accordance with the Circular 731 of the Finance Law 2021, the government of Morocco introduced an additional social solidarity contribution of 1.5%, effective from 22 January 2021. The new social solida...

Apr 25, 2021 1 min read

UAE Payroll Outsourcing Alert

ADRPBF - Change in Minimum and Maximum Pensionable Salary Effective January 2021 for Private Sector Employees. The Abu Dhabi Retirement Pension and Benefits Fund (ADRPBF) manages the social security contributions for UAE nationals in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. Ef...

Mar 3, 2021 2 min read

Morocco Payroll Outsourcing Alert

Morocco – Tax Exemptions Granted to Encourage Employment. Income tax exemption for new hires. New hires, who meet the below conditions, are granted an income tax exemption during the first 36 months of their employment: Employee is recruited under a permanen...

Feb 17, 2021 2 min read

Turkey Payroll Outsourcing Alert (Social Security Increases)

Turkey – Social Security Seniority (Severance) Ceiling Amount Increased. Effective from 1 January 2021, the government of Turkey has increased the Seniority (Severance) Ceiling Gross Amount to 7,638.96 TRY. The new amount will be in effect through January 2021 a...

Jan 13, 2021 1 min read

Turkey Payroll Outsourcing Alert (2021 Tax Parameters)

Turkey – SSI and Tax Payroll Parameters for 2021. Effective from 1st of January 2021, the government of Turkey has increased the Social Security Minimum Wage Amount to 3,577.50 TRY Gross and 2,825.90 TRY Net for single employees. The monthly SSI Ceiling Amount h...

Jan 12, 2021 2 min read

Egypt Social Security Contribution Updates

Egypt Social Security Contribution Bases Updates. Effective from 1 January 2020, the government of Egypt announced that the monthly social security minimum and maximum contribution base amounts will increase on an annual basis until the tax year 2027. The monthl...

Dec 13, 2020 1 min read

Saudi Arabia Payroll Outsourcing Alert

Saudi Arabia – 20% of All Engineering Positions must be filled by Saudi Nationals. The government of Saudi Arabia has announced that, effective from 14 January 2021, all private sector employers with more than four engineering positions must employ at least one ...

Sep 28, 2020 1 min read

Egypt Payroll Outsourcing Alert

Egypt – Coronavirus Tax Calculations Clarified. As previously communicated by Mercans in its Statutory Alert dated 4 July 2020, in order to alleviate the economic impact of COVID-19, effective from 1 August 2020, the government of Egypt introduced an additional ...

Sep 21, 2020 2 min read

UAE Payroll Outsourcing Alert

United Arab Emirates – Paternity Leave Introduced. As the first Arab country, the government of the United Arab Emirate has introduced a five-day paternity leave for all private sector male employees. Under the new law, private sector employers are required t...

Sep 13, 2020 2 min read

UAE Payroll Outsourcing Alert

United Arab Emirates – Dubai Government Introduces a Retirement Program for Expats. The government of Dubai has launched “Retire in Dubai” program that offers long-term residency permits to expatriates aged 55 and above. Under this newly launched program, retire...

Sep 13, 2020 2 min read

Turkey Payroll Outsourcing Alert

Turkey – COVID-19 Relief Measures Extended In accordance with the Presidential Decree No. 2810, a number of the COVID-19 related reliefs, there were set to expire on 31 July 2020, have been extended through 31 August 2020. Accordingly, the COVID-19 related sh...

Aug 16, 2020 1 min read

Egypt Payroll Outsourcing Alert

Egypt – “Coronovirus Tax” Introduced Effective from 1 August 2020, the government of Egypt has introduced an additional tax on 1%, that will be deducted from employees’ net employment income, to alleviate the economic impact of COVID-19. At the same time, all st...

Aug 16, 2020 1 min read

Kuwait Payroll Outsourcing Alert

Kuwait – Aggressive Localization Measures Proposed by Lawmakers. Mercans, a leading Kuwait payroll outsourcing, PEO/GEO, employee leasing, recruitment and BPO services provider, has published Kuwait payroll outsourcing alert. Subscribe to Mercans’ Kuwait payroll o...

Jul 14, 2020 3 min read

UAE Payroll Outsourcing Alert

United Arab Emirates – Immigration Exemptions Cancelled. Mercans, a leading UAE payroll outsourcing, PEO/GEO, employee leasing, recruitment and BPO services provider, has published UAE payroll outsourcing alert. Subscribe to Mercans’ UAE payroll outsourcing alerts...

Jul 13, 2020 3 min read

Turkey Payroll Outsourcing Alert

Turkey – Social Security Seniority (Severance) Ceiling Amount Increased Effective from 1 July 2020, the government of Turkey has increased the Seniority (Severance) Ceiling Gross Amount to 7,117.17 TRY. The new amount will be in effect through July 2020 and will...

Jul 8, 2020 1 min read

Saudi Arabia Payroll Outsourcing Alert

Saudi Arabia – Visas and Iqamas Extended due to COVID-19. On 5 July 2020, the Ministry of Interior for Saudi Arabia announced the below exemptions and extension for visas and residency permits for expatriates: Free of charge extension of final exit visas. ...

Jul 7, 2020 2 min read

Egypt Payroll Outsourcing Alert

Egypt – Income Tax Law Changes Announced. The below alert is an update to the Statury Change Alert issued by Mercans on 31 May 2020 and clarifies the timing of the changes related to personal income tax exemtions and rates in Egypt. On 7 May 2020, the governm...

Jun 4, 2020 2 min read

Egypt Payroll Outsourcing Alert

Egypt – Income Tax Law Changes Announced. On 7 May 2020, the government of Egypt issued Law Nr. 26 of 2020, which amends articles 8, 13 and 87 of the Tax Law Nr. 91 of 2005, effective from 1 July 2020. The respective amendments have been summarized below. The...

May 28, 2020 2 min read

Saudi Arabia Payroll Outsourcing Alert

Saudi Arabia – Gradual Easing of Restrictions. The Ministry of Interior for Saudi Arabia, has announced the below five steps for the gradual lifting of the COVID-19 related restrictions. First: From Thursday 5 Shawwal 1441 AH corresponding to 28 May 2020 u...

May 28, 2020 3 min read

Saudi Arabia Payroll Outsourcing Alert

Saudi Arabia – Value Added Tax Increases to 15%. Mercans, a leading KSA payroll outsourcing, PEO/GEO, employee leasing, recruitment and BPO services provider, has published KSA payroll outsourcing alert. Subscribe to Mercans’ KSA payroll outsourcing alerts to ensu...

May 19, 2020 2 min read

Saudi Arabia Payroll Outsourcing Alert

Saudi Arabia – The Government Rolls Out the Next Phase of Wage Protection System (WPS) Mercans, a leading KSA payroll outsourcing, PEO/GEO, employee leasing, recruitment and BPO services provider, has published KSA payroll outsourcing alert. Subscribe to Mercans’ ...

May 10, 2020 6 min read

UAE Payroll Outsourcing Alert

Ramadan 2020: Reduced Hours Announced for the UAE Private Sector Employees. Mercans, a leading UAE payroll outsourcing, PEO/GEO, employee leasing, recruitment and BPO services provider, has published UAE payroll outsourcing alert. Subscribe to Mercans’ UAE payroll...

Apr 29, 2020 2 min read

Tunisia Payroll Outsourcing Alert

Tunisia – Exceptional Measures in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic. Mercans, a leading Tunisia payroll outsourcing, PEO/GEO, employee leasing, recruitment and BPO services provider, has published Tunisia payroll outsourcing alert. Subscribe to Mercans’ Tunisia payrol...

Apr 26, 2020 2 min read

Turkey Payroll Outsourcing & HR Insights

Turkey Payroll Outsourcing and PEO/GEO Services Leader Publishes Payroll & HR Insights for Turkey Mercans, a leading Turkey payroll outsourcing, PEO/GEO, employee leasing, recruitment and BPO services provider, has published its most recent Payroll & HR In...

Apr 23, 2020 21 min read

Monthly Stipend to Workers in Morocco

Morocco – The Government to Provide a Monthly Stipend to Workers On 19 March 2020, the Minister of Economy Mohamed Benchaaboun, that Morocco’s national fund for the fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is set to pay MAD 2,000 ($203) to all employees affe...

Apr 8, 2020 2 min read

Combined Tax Declaration Forms Postponed in Turkey

Turkey – Rollout of a Combined Tax & Social Insurance Declaration Form Postponed In accordance with the law published in the Official Gazette No. 29796 on August 9, 2016, Income Tax Withholding Declaration and Social Security Insurance (SSI) Premium and Servic...

Apr 8, 2020 1 min read

Enforcement Proceedings Suspended in Turkey

Turkey – Enforcement and Bankruptcy Proceedings Suspended. In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, effective from March 23, 2020, all enforcement and bankruptcy proceedings, except the enforcement proceedings related to alimony and child support, have been suspended...

Mar 30, 2020 1 min read

Tax Stimulus Package in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia – Tax Incentives Introduced to Stimulate Economy and Support Private Sector. Due to the global outbreak of COVID-19, the General Authority of Zakat and Tax (GAZT) of Saudi Arabia has introduced the following initiatives: Monthly VAT returns submi...

Mar 30, 2020 1 min read

Lebanon Government Responds to COVID-19

Lebanon –The Government Response to COVID-19 The government of Lebanon has introduced the following restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the country: The government has imposed a state of health emergency and called for a self-applied lockdown ...

Mar 30, 2020 1 min read

Financial Relief Measures in Turkey

Turkey – Financial Relief Measures Announced in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the President of Turkey has announced the following financial relief measures: The period for offering compensatory work in lieu of forced unp...

Mar 30, 2020 1 min read

Jordan Social Security Rates Reduction

Jordan Government’s Temporary Reduction in Social Security Rates The Jordanian government has decided to temporarily reduce the rates of social security. For the period of March 1, 2020 to May 31, 2020, the government of Jordan has reduced the social security c...

Mar 26, 2020 1 min read

How To Achieve International Growth Through Outsourced Talent Acquisition

Achieve International Corporate Growth Through Outsourced Rapid Talent Acquisition Companies seeking to expand internationally face huge challenges. As a recent Harvard Business Review study of 20,000 companies in 30 countries found, selling abroad has an average...

Mar 23, 2020 6 min read

Tax Contribution Cap Raised in Jordan

Jordan Payroll Outsourcing Alert– Social Security Contribution Cap revised Effective from January 1, 2020 Jordan payroll outsourcing leader issues a statutory alert for Jordan. Mercans has alerted its Jordan payroll outsourcing clients of Tax Cap related changes....

Mar 11, 2020 1 min read

EPF Contributions Rate Reduced in Malaysia

Malaysia – Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) employee contribution rate reduced to 7% due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Mercans has alerted its Malaysia payroll outsourcing clients in a bid to soften the financial impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Malaysian gover...

Mar 4, 2020 1 min read

2019 Tax Filing Deadlines in Lebanon

Lebanon – The deadline for filing 2019 income tax declarations has been extended. Lebanon payroll outsourcing leader issues a statutory alert for Lebanon. Mercans has alerted its Lebanon payroll outsourcing clients of filing 2019 income tax. On February 25, 20...

Mar 2, 2020 1 min read

2019 Tax Return Deadlines in Pakistan

Pakistan: Deadline for filing 2019 tax returns has been extended. Pakistan payroll outsourcing leader issues a statutory alert for Pakistan. Mercans has alerted its Pakistan payroll outsourcing clients of filing 2019 tax returns. On January 31, 2020, the Pakis...

Feb 18, 2020 1 min read

Tax Declarations Postponed in Turkey

Changes to Income Tax Withholding and Social Security Insurance Contributions Declaration Process Postponed Turkey payroll outsourcing leader issues a statutory alert for Turkey. Mercans has alerted its Turkey payroll outsourcing clients of Income Tax Withholding...

Feb 18, 2020 1 min read

Personal Income Tax Rates in Lithuania

Lithuania Payroll Outsourcing Alert - Government Announces New Personal Income Tax Rates Lithuania payroll outsourcing leader issues a statutory alert for Lithuania. Mercans has alerted its Lithuania payroll outsourcing clients of Personal Income Tax Rates relate...

Feb 3, 2020 2 min read

Minimum Salary & Tax Changed in Estonia

Estonia Payroll Outsourcing Alert - Government announces New Social Security Contribution & Increase in Minimum Monthly Salary for 2020 Estonia payroll outsourcing leader issues a statutory alert for Estonia. Mercans has alerted its Estonia payroll outsourcin...

Jan 28, 2020 1 min read

DIFC Service Gratuity Law in UAE, Dubai

Dubai Payroll Outsourcing Alert – DIFC Announce a New End—of-Service Gratuity Law Dubai payroll outsourcing leader issues a statutory alert for Dubai International Financial City (DIFC) Mercans has alerted its Dubai payroll outsourcing clients of End of Service G...

Jan 21, 2020 4 min read

Social Security Parameters in Turkey

Turkey Payroll Outsourcing Alert - Social Security Payroll Parameters for 2020 Turkey payroll outsourcing leader issues a statutory alert for Turkey. Mercans has alerted its Turkey payroll outsourcing clients of Social Security Parameters related changes. Effecti...

Jan 21, 2020 2 min read

Seniority (Severance) Increased in Turkey

Tukey Payroll Outsourcing Alert - Social Security Seniority (Severance) Ceiling Amount Increased Turkey payroll outsourcing leader issues a statutory alert for Turkey. Mercans has alerted its Turkey payroll outsourcing clients of Social Security Seniority (Severa...

Jan 19, 2020 1 min read

Tax Declarations Changed in Turkey

Turkey Payroll Outsourcing Alert - Changes to Income Tax Withholding and Social Security Insurance Contributions Declaration Process Introduced Turkey payroll outsourcing leader issues a statutory alert for Turkey. Mercans has alerted its Turkey payroll outsourci...

Jan 13, 2020 1 min read

40% Top Tax Bracket Introduced in Turkey

Turkey Payroll Outsourcing Alert - New 40% Top Tax Bracket Introduced Turkey payroll outsourcing leader issues a statutory alert for Turkey. Mercans has alerted its Turkey payroll outsourcing clients of new 40% top tax bracket has been introduced. Effective from ...

Jan 13, 2020 1 min read

Transportation Exemption in Turkey

Turkey Payroll Outsourcing Alert - Transportation Allowance Exempted From Income Tax Turkey payroll outsourcing leader issues a statutory alert for Turkey. Mercans has alerted its Turkey payroll outsourcing clients of transportation allowance exemption related ch...

Jan 13, 2020 1 min read

Lebanon Payroll Outsourcing & HR Insights

Lebanon Payroll Outsourcing and PEO/GEO Services Leader Publishes Payroll & HR Insights for Lebanon Mercans, a leading Lebanon payroll outsourcing, PEO/GEO, employee leasing, recruitment and BPO services provider, has published its most recent Payroll & HR...

Jan 6, 2020 22 min read

Jordan Payroll Outsourcing Alert

Jordan Payroll Outsourcing Alert - Jordan amends personal tax exemptions effective from January 1, 2020. Global Payroll Outsourcing provider Mercans has issued the following Jordan Payroll Outsourcing alert. On November 2019, the Ministry of Finance for Jordan ...

Dec 29, 2019 1 min read

Pakistan Payroll Outsourcing Alert

Payroll & HR Insights From a Global Payroll Outsourcing Provider Deadline for filing 2019 tax returns has been extended in Pakistan On September 30, 2019, the Pakistani Federal Board of Revenue extended the deadline for filing of 2019 tax year individual and ...

Oct 11, 2019 1 min read

Morocco Payroll Outsourcing Alert

Payroll & HR Insights From a Global Payroll Outsourcing Provider Minimum wage increased in Morocco By the governmental decree published on June 27, 2019, the guaranteed minimum wage was increased to 14.13 MAD per hour effective from July 1st, 2019. Accordingl...

Oct 11, 2019 1 min read

Algeria Financial Shareholding Alert

Algeria: Shareholder requirements eased for foreign investors Since 2008, Algeria has been applying foreign ownership restrictions, which limit the non-Algerian shareholders’ equity interest in Algerian entities to 49%. On September 11, 2019, a preliminary draft...

Oct 11, 2019 1 min read

Pakistan Payroll Outsourcing Alert

Payroll & HR Insights From a Global Payroll Outsourcing Provider Notification of Pension Rate Increase of 20% for EOBI Pensioners The Government of Pakistan, Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resources Development has issued a Notification (No.7 (3)...

Mar 5, 2019 2 min read

Saudi Arabia Payroll Outsourcing Alert

Payroll & HR Insights From a Global Payroll Outsourcing Provider Clarification of the treatment of Company Provided Housing in Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Labour (MOL) introduced the Wage Protections System (WPS) in 2013. All employers with more t...

Feb 19, 2019 5 min read

Saudi Arabia Payroll Outsourcing Alert

Payroll & HR Insights From a Global Payroll Outsourcing Provider The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Eases Immigration and ‘Saudization’ Rules During January 2019, the government of Saudi Arabia has introduced several changes to its Nitaqat (Saudization) and immigrat...

Feb 19, 2019 2 min read

Ghana Payroll Outsourcing Alert

Outsource your payroll in Ghana to Mercans to ensure your compliance with the new income tax calculations. Ghana Introduces New Tax Brackets Effective from January 1, 2019, Ghana amended its Income Tax Law of 2015 (Act 896) by introducing the following individual...

Feb 18, 2019 1 min read