Employment of nationals and foreign citizens in
Notice of dismissal under a fixed-term contract must be provided no later than one week after the last day of the contract, otherwise the contract will be regarded as having been confirmed and the appointment made permanent. Employees are protected against instant dismissal, except in cases of drunkenness, theft and "immoral activity". Dismissal for other reasons, such as incompetence, must be preceded by a history of under-performance and a minimum of three reprimands. It is recommended that job descriptions be given to all staff, and that they be informed of the disciplinary procedures in force at the enterprise.
Foreign and local companies may hire employees directly, without using employment or recruitment agencies.
Uzbek nationals must provide an employer with a workbook containing personal details and a record of their past and current work history. The workbook is issued for determining the amount to be paid from the State Social Insurance Fund for an employee’s temporary illness or disability and for determining an employee's rights to a state pension. If an employee does not have a workbook, the employer must provide him with a new one within five days of commencing employment.
An employment contract may include the probationary period, which shall not exceed three months during which an employee may be dismissed without reason.
The regular working week is 40 hours. Overtime work may be allowed only with the employee's consent. There are certain categories of work where overtime work is not permissible. Overtime work may not exceed four hours within two days and 120 hours per year. Overtime work must be compensated at a rate of at least 200% of the employee's regular wage.
There are nine official public holidays:
The minimum paid annual vacation is 15 working days. Certain categories of employees (underage workers, working disabled employees) may receive extended paid annual vacation of up to 30 working days.
An employer is not obliged to pay for an employee’s leave of absence due to temporary illness or disability. The employee is paid from the State Social Insurance Fund in amounts varying from 75% to 100% of the employee’s wage.
Leaves on maternity shall be given for women by length of seventy calendar days up to child birth and fifty six (in case of a complicated delivery or at birth of two or more children - seventy) calendar days after birth with payment of a grant on the state social insurance.
Leave on maternity shall be estimated totally and shall be given to a woman completely regardless of number of days used actually up to birth.
Cost of Employment
Foreign Workers in
Companies with foreign employees in
The Agency should issue a foreign labor license within 30 days from the date of submission of all required documents.
The procedure for issuing work permits for foreign employees is similar to the procedure for obtaining foreign labor licenses.
A foreign labor license and/or employee's work permit are valid for no more than one year. The fee for a foreign labor license is 10 times the minimum monthly wage. There is no fee for an employee's work permit.
Foreigners working in representative offices are excluded from the foreign labor license and work permit requirements. But each foreigner working in a representative office must obtain an individual accreditation card from the Ministry for foreign economic relations, investments and trade.