The Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago is an outlier in both geographical and economic terms, being the southernmost Caribbean country in the Caribbean and having a fossil fuel-based economy that is distinct from the rest of the region. Off the back of its natural resources, Trinidad and Tobago has built the third-highest GDP (PPP) in the Americas and is a significant site for foreign investment.
However, If you are planning an expansion into Trinidad and Tobago, you may encounter unexpected delays. With the country’s complicated national business laws, administrative procedures, and more, all potentially leading to a costly expansion process that can take weeks or even months.
At New Horizons, we provide a full range of outsourcing services to assist businesses with their Trinidad and Tobago expansion. Our employer of record, professional employer organization (PEO), and payroll services give you everything you need to build and expand your business in Trinidad and Tobago, even if you don’t have an in-country entity. Our in-house recruitment team can even find, recruit, and onboard your local workforce, as well as handling all ongoing HR administration.
New Horizons provides everything you need to expand into Trinidad and Tobago quickly and effectively while potentially saving you thousands in setup costs.
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Hiring in Trinidad and Tobago - Employment Law Overview
Trinidad and Tobago employment contracts
Contracts of employment in Trinidad and Tobago can be verbal or written, but, as always, we strongly recommend providing formal written contracts for every employee with clearly defined terms. All contracts should cover the relevant details such as salary, benefits, terminations, and so on, be written in English, and use the currency of the Trinidad and Tobago dollar.
Working hours in Trinidad and Tobago
Employees in Trinidad and Tobago work a standard 40-hour week across five days (usually Monday to Friday).
National holidays in Trinidad and Tobago
There are several annual public holidays in Trinidad and Tobago, many of which are linked to the nation’s rich cultural heritage. Many employees receive the following days as paid leave from work:
- Emancipation Day
- Independence Day
- Republic Day
- Good Friday
- Easter Monday
- New Year’s Day
- Spiritual Shouter Baptist Liberation Day
- Christmas Day
- Boxing Day
- Eid al-Fitr
- Indian Arrival Day
- Corpus Christi
- Labor Day
Vacation leave in Trinidad and Tobago
There is no standardized vacation leave allowance for private-sector workers in Trinidad and Tobago. Instead, vacation leave is determined by individual negotiation and collective bargaining agreements (CBAs). In general, employees are entitled to between two and five weeks of paid vacation annually. In most cases, employees must have accrued one year of service to qualify.
Sick leave in Trinidad and Tobago
Private sector employees in Trinidad and Tobago are not guaranteed sick pay as a rule, but most employees offer around 14 days each year.
Maternity and paternity leave in Trinidad and Tobago
Female employees in Trinidad and Tobago are legally entitled to 13 weeks of paid maternity leave, with up to six weeks to be taken before the birth and seven weeks after. Compensation of one full month of pay and two half months must be provided during this time.
Employee severance and terminations in Trinidad and Tobago
There are no mandatory general terminations regulations in Trinidad and Tobago. However, one month of notice prior to termination is usually required.
When employers are terminated for economic reasons, they may be entitled to severance payments. Payments generally equate to two weeks of pay per year of service, but the rules change slightly depending on the employee’s length of service and do not apply for employees of less than one year and those on certain types of contracts.
Tax laws in Trinidad and Tobago
Income tax in Trinidad and Tobago is progressive, with higher earners paying a higher percentage in tax. Rates are either 25% or 30%. Taxes must be withheld by the employer.
Corporate tax is generally 30%, but there are variations for some categories of companies. Many businesses must also pay additional taxes in the form of a 0.6% business levy and a 0.3% green fund levy.
Health coverage in Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago has a free public healthcare system, but many companies choose to offer private medical insurance as part of their benefits packages to ensure high-quality care.
Trinidad and Tobago compensations & benefits
Compensation laws in Trinidad and Tobago
The mandatory minimum wage in Trinidad and Tobago is TTD17.50 per hour (in Jan 2021).
Benefit management in Trinidad and Tobago
Building a benefits system for your Trinidadian and Tobagonian workforce can be difficult and complicated to navigate if you are not familiar with the country, its customs, and its employment laws. Setting it up independently can take several weeks and potentially lead to unexpected delays.
New Horizons can help to significantly simplify this step of your Trinidad and Tobago expansion by providing benefit management outsourcing. Our team can advise you and handle the setup of your benefits scheme, enabling you to focus on expanding your organization in Trinidad and Tobago.
Why choose New Horizons' services for your expansion into Trinidad and Tobago?
New Horizons’ Trinidad and Tobago employer of record, PEO, and payroll services provide everything organizations need to begin trading in Trinidad and Tobago. Our team can ensure you are operational in as little as 48 hours, and could save up to 82% in expansion costs, even if you haven’t yet set up an entity in Trinidad and Tobago.
Our team will handle all of your expenses, payroll, legal compliance, and more in Trinidad and Tobago, as well as any ongoing human resources work. And as the only global PEO with a dedicated in-house recruitment team, we can also find and hire your local workforce in Trinidad and Tobago, using our Trinidadian and Tobagonian subsidiary as employer of record for your employees so you don’t even need to register a Trinidad and Tobago-based entity.
Talk to our Trinidad and Tobago experts today to find out how our tailored outsourcing services can help you to seamlessly expand into Trinidad and Tobago.