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Dominican Republic PEO &
Employer of Record

SALARY PAYMENT IN Dominican Peso (DOP)

CONTRACT LANGUAGE Spanish / English

PAYROLL TAX  16.5%

PAYROLL CYCLE Monthly

TIME TO HIRE 24 hours

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Hire in Dominican Republic

Horizons provides compliance solutions to ensure your business in Dominican Republic operates in line with Dominican Republic labor laws and tax regulations. Businesses benefit from hiring in, investing in, or job outsourcing to, Dominican Republic in a range of industries, from customer service, to accounting services, to software development.

We also process monthly payroll, and, as an Dominican Republic Employer of Record, absorb all local employer liabilities. Partnering with our Dominican Republic PEO is the quickest and most cost-effective way to enter the Dominican Republic market.

Facts & Stats

PEO Platform Hire in the Dominican Republic, and pay employees through our platform or app. PEO Cost Our Dominican Republic PEO solution is the most affordable on the market. Time-to-hire Fast onboarding in the Dominican Republic, hire in as little as 24 hours.
Contracts We draft labor contracts compliant with Dominican labor law. Local Benefits We administer all mandatory benefits and contributions in the Dominican Republic. 180+ Countries It doesn’t stop with the Dominican Republic — we are an international PEO
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Employment Laws

Employment contracts in the Dominican Republic

We recommend writing up a formal contract of employment for every employee you hire in the Dominican Republic. These contracts should include all details of the employment such as salary, working hours, benefits, and anything else relevant. They should also be written in Spanish and references to money should be in the local currency of the Dominican peso.

Fixed-term
Probationary period3 months (standard)
Termination notice period

7 days: 0 – 6 months’ service

14 days: 6 months – 1 year’s service

28 days: 1+ year’s service

Severance

6 days’ salary: 3 – 6 months’ service

13 days’ salary: 6 months’ – 1 year’s service

21 days’ salary: 1 – 5 years’ service

23 days’ salary: 5+ years’ service

Indefinite
Probationary period3 months (standard)
Termination notice period

7 days: 0 – 6 months’ service

14 days: 6 months – 1 year’s service

28 days: 1+ year’s service

Severance

6 days’ salary: 3 – 6 months’ service

13 days’ salary: 6 months’ – 1 year’s service

21 days’ salary: 1 – 5 years’ service

23 days’ salary: 5+ years’ service

Working hours in the Dominican Republic

The usual working week for full-time employees in the Dominican Republic is 44 hours. Overtime is paid at a rate of 135% of normal pay.

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Public holidays in the Dominican Republic

There are several public holidays in the Dominican Republic. Many employees receive the following days as leave from work:

Dominican has a range of national public holidays that are celebrated annually. In 2023 these holidays are:

DateHoliday name
1 Jan SundayNew Year’s Day
9 Jan MondayEpiphany
21 Jan SaturdayOur Lady of Altagracia
30 Jan MondayDay off for Duarte’s Day
27 Feb MondayIndependence Day
7 Apr FridayGood Friday
1 May Monday Labor Day
8 Jun ThursdayCorpus Christi
16 Aug WednesdayRestoration Day
24 Sep SundayOur Lady of Las Mercedes
6 Nov MondayConstitution Day
25 Dec MondayChristmas Day

Dominican Republic vacation leave

Employees in the Dominican Republic are entitled to 14 days of paid vacation leave each year. After working for an employer for five years, this allowance increases to 18 days per year.

Dominican Republic sick leave

Employees in the Dominican Republic can take unlimited sick leave if necessary and they can prove their sickness.

Parental leave in the Dominican Republic

Female employees in the Dominican Republic can take up to seven weeks of paid maternity leave prior to giving birth and seven weeks after. Male employees can take two days of paternity leave

Terminations and severance in the Dominican Republic

In the Dominican Republic, the entitlements surrounding notice of termination and severance payments are generally negotiated on a case-by-case basis by trade unions or individual employees. Notice periods and severance payments both usually increase with an employee’s length of service.

Taxation in the Dominican Republic

Both employers and employees in the Dominican Republic must pay health insurance contributions. Employers must pay 3% of salary and employees must pay 7%. Additionally, employees must pay around7% of salary to disability/pension and employers must pay 1.25% to workplace insurance.

Income tax in the Dominican Republic is progressive, with workers paying a higher percentage in tax at higher income levels. The rates range from 0% to 25%.

Corporate tax in the Dominican Republic is 27%.

Health coverage in the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic does have public healthcare that is available to all, but standards are generally not considered to be on par with the developed world. For this reason, many employers choose to provide private medical insurance for employees as part of their benefits packages.

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Compensation & Benefits

Compensation laws in the Dominican Republic

The minimum wage in the Dominican Republic depends on the type and size of employer that an employee works for. For example, field workers must be paid a rate of at least 320.4 Dominican pesos per day, but most other workers are paid a minimum monthly rate that differs depending on the value of the company they are employed by. Due to this complex system, it is crucial that you understand the specific laws that apply to you when doing business and hiring in the Dominican Republic.

Benefit management in the Dominican Republic

Building a benefits system for your Dominican workforce can be difficult and complicated to navigate if you are not familiar with the country, its customs, and its employment laws. To set it up independently can take several weeks and potentially lead to unexpected delays.

Horizons can simplify your Dominican Republic benefits management. Our Dominican Republic experts can handle everything for you, helping you focus on a successful expansion operation.

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FAQs

A Dominican Republic PEO and a Dominican Republic EOR are two types of companies which specialize in providing human resources services to businesses in the Dominican Republic.

The main difference between a Dominican Republic PEO and a Dominican Republic EOR is in the scope of their services.

Dominican Republic PEOs provide a full range of HR services, including payroll, benefits administration, and employee recruiting—all under one roof as a co-employer. Engaging an Dominican Republic PEO is essentially outsourcing your HR duties in the Dominican Republic.

Dominican Republic EORs actually take over as the legal employer of your employees based abroad. Dominican Republic EORs become responsible for labor compliance for your employees in the Dominican Republic.

At Horizons, we offer both PEO and EOR services in the Dominican Republic. Get in touch now and let us know what service you are seeking.

A PEO in the Dominican Republic can feasibly hire both local and foreign nationals to work in the Dominican Republic.

However, the ability of Horizons to sponsor your foreign national employee in the Dominican Republic may be limited due to visa quotas practiced in many countries.

Contact us with your requirements and our Global Mobility team with review the case and get back to you within 2 business days.

In most cases, Horizons’ Dominican Republic PEO can hire & onboard your employee within 24 hours. The actual start date of the employee will depend on their notice period obligation to their previous employer as well as any relevant hiring rules in the Dominican Republic.

It is possible to get a work visa in the Dominican Republic. Horizons’ Global Mobility team is a dedicated team of work visa experts. They assess the details of each case to determine feasibility and costs before Horizons applies for the work visa on behalf of your employee. If the Global Mobility team determines that your case is feasible, the process is smooth and transparent. Visa spots in the Dominican Republic are limited, however—get started today to secure your employees’ visa spot.