How to stay compliant

Employer-of-Record (EOR) in Belarus: Do You Need One?

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Suspendisse varius enim in eros elementum tristique. Duis cursus, mi quis viverra ornare, eros dolor interdum nulla, ut commodo diam libero vitae erat. Aenean faucibus nibh et justo cursus id rutrum lorem imperdiet. Nunc ut sem vitae risus tristique posuere.

How to stay compliant

Employer-of-Record (EOR) in Belarus: Do You Need One?

So you want to hire someone in Belarus. Problem is, your company is located somewhere else.

If you’ve done some research, you’ve probably been told you should be using an Employer-of-Record (EOR). Why? Well, if your company isn’t located in Belarus, using an EOR can help you bypass the traditional obstacles to hiring full-time employees.

But there’s a catch: EOR solutions in Belarus are expensive—usually at least $500 per month per employee—and can take time to set up. And because you’re complying with a different set of labor laws, logistics and benefits can end up costing you lots of time and money. While they will save you time from setting up your own Belarusian entity, they’re rarely cheap or fast.

The good news? There’s another way to hire remote workers in Belarus, and it doesn’t involve forking out huge amounts of money for an EOR.

The solution: Hire your teammates in Belarus as contractors. If you’re hiring remotely and your teammates have autonomy, there’s a good chance you can make compliant contractor hires. You still have to use locally-compliant contracts, but the process is a lot easier, more affordable, and faster.

We built Thera to help you make contractor hires, in 150+ countries (like Belarus). So you can hire the people you want on your team, without paying thousands for an EOR. You can get set up in a couple of clicks—and you’ll only pay $49 per contractor per month.

It’s just as easy as it sounds. No catch. Here’s what Thera looks like vs. an EOR in Belarus:

Everything you should know about using an EOR in Belarus

Are you considering expanding your business operations to Belarus and wondering how to navigate the country's employment laws and regulations? If so, you're not alone. Belarus has a unique set of legal and regulatory conditions that can make hiring employees a challenging task.

However, there is a solution that can simplify the process: using an Employer of Record (EOR). In this post, we'll break down everything you need to know about using an EOR in Belarus and why it might (or might not) be the best option for your business.

What is an EOR?

An Employer of Record (EOR) is a third-party company that acts as the legal employer for your workers. This means that the EOR handles all of the administrative tasks associated with employment, such as payroll, taxes, and compliance with local labor laws. As the client company, you still maintain control over the day-to-day activities of your workers, but the EOR takes care of all the legal and administrative details.

Why use an EOR in Belarus?

Belarus has a complex set of employment laws and regulations that can be difficult for foreign companies to navigate. For example, Belarusian labor law requires employers to provide a wide range of benefits to their employees, including paid vacation, sick leave, and maternity leave. Additionally, employers must comply with strict regulations regarding working hours, overtime, and minimum wage.

By using an EOR, you can avoid the hassle of navigating these complex laws and regulations on your own. The EOR will handle all of the administrative tasks associated with employment, ensuring that your workers are paid on time and in compliance with local laws.

Legal and regulatory conditions specific to Belarus

There are several legal and regulatory conditions specific to Belarus that you should be aware of when using an EOR. For example, Belarusian law requires that all employment contracts be in writing and signed by both parties. Additionally, employers must provide employees with a copy of their employment contract and a written job description.

Another important consideration is that Belarusian law requires employers to provide employees with a minimum of 28 days of paid vacation per year. This can be a significant expense for employers, especially if they have a large workforce.

Why top remote teams hire independent contractors instead

If you’ve read all of the above, you might be thinking, “hey, using an EOR sounds like a lot of work.” And, in many respects, it is. EORs are notoriously slow, difficult to work with, and expensive.

That’s why lots of the world’s best remote teams hire teammates as contractors instead. Independent contractors are not subject to the same labor laws and regulations as employees, which can make them a more flexible option for some businesses.

Additionally, hiring independent contractors can be less expensive than hiring employees through an EOR. Contractors are responsible for their own taxes and benefits, which can reduce the administrative burden on your business.

But what if I accidentally misclassify my contractors?

We’ve got two pieces of good news for you. For one, if you’re hiring remotely, it’s unlikely you’ll misclassify your contractors. Many of the things that qualify people as employees, such as company equipment and set working hours, don’t typically apply to remote work.

Still, it’s helpful to have the comfort of knowing you’re not at risk for misclassification. That’s why, at Thera, we’ve launched Misclassification Assurance: so you can hire contractors abroad, worry-free. Learn more about hiring with Thera below.

Hiring contractors? Thera can save you a ton of time

If you’re hiring contractors, you’re probably spending too much time on their payroll, contracts, and tax documents. Which is why we built Thera, which saves you 90% the time you spend on contractor paperwork each month.

With Thera, you can compliantly hire your contractors in 150+ countries, onboard them in minutes, and pay them all at once (in a click). It’s global contractor payroll, finally simplified.

Sound interesting? Click here to book a demo and see the platform firsthand

Run your global workforce on autopilot with Thera

Book a demo to get started.