How to hire remote employees in

Bahamas

So you’re interested in The Bahamas, and not just for vacation—you want to hire someone who’s located there. No problem. On this page, you’ll learn exactly what you need to know before making hires in The Bahamas: Legal obligations, risks, and the easiest path to hiring great talent overseas.

Country snapshot

CURRENCY
Bahamian dollar
EMPLOYER TAXES
5.9%
PAYROLL FREQUENCY
Monthly
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE
English

What to know before you hire in 

Bahamas

Sure, the lifestyle in The Bahamas may be laid back. But that doesn’t mean the labor laws are. Before you hire, you’ll need to know your options, and there are two: Hire employees, or hire contractors. Here are the differences:

If you want to successfully hire in 

Bahamas

, you have two options:

Hire talent as contractors

Laws about hiring contractors are significantly more simple in 

Bahamas

. Onboarding talent takes days, not weeks or months. Both you, the company, and your talent have more flexibility. And in many cases, since you’re remote, the talent you’re hiring is better classified as a contractor, anyway. Of course, it’s not possible in every case, but it’s what we built Panther for.

Hire talent as employees

This is the long route. You can either establish a physical presence with an entity and register as an employer, or you can use an Employer-of-Record (EOR) solution. Odds are, you’ll find using an EOR to be the easier route. Still, using an EOR in 

Bahamas

 is expensive—it can often be $500 per month per employee—and sometimes prone to lengthy onboarding times.

Why hire independent contractors in 

Bahamas

Hiring contractors is normally the easier, faster, more flexible choice—but don’t just take it from us. Below are the specific benefits and drawbacks to hiring contractors in 

Bahamas

.

It’s the fastest way to hire globally

Hiring employees takes months, at the minimum. When you hire with Panther’s locally-generated contracts, it’s a matter of days or weeks. This means you can hire the best talent, fast, without losing them to a hellish procession of paperwork.

It’s a lot cheaper

It costs just $0 to sign up for Panther, then $49 per month to hire your contractors with Panther. If you hired employees manually (or did contracting on your own), you’d likely be on the hook for thousands of dollars each month. Setting up an entity alone can cost tens of thousands of dollars.

It’s more flexible for you & your team

Hiring contractors in 

Bahamas

 means you’re generally not on the hook for things like health insurance and paid time off. This makes hiring flexible for you, and it gives your talent more options.

It’s less risky than hiring employees

Hiring employees is a bigger commitment, and generally puts you at a bigger risk for legal fees. When you hire contractors overseas, your biggest risk is misclassification—but even then, misclassification penalties are often minimal and just require you to pay off any compensation that the person would have been owed as an employee.

Some people want to be employees

The contractor life isn’t for everyone—some people want the security that being an employee often appears to provide. Though it’s rare, this does happen, and it’s one disadvantage of manage an all-contractor team.

You might not have as much control over your talent

Most countries’ contractor-employer relationship laws stipulate that the employer can’t set fixed working hours, among other things. These laws give contractors more freedom over how and when they do their work than an employee would have. In reality, however, most contractors are willing & able to work on the company’s schedule—it’s a matter of setting expectations beforehand.

How can I pay people in 

Bahamas

?

If you’re hiring contractors in 

Bahamas

, you can pay them with Panther in a single click. You won’t need to worry about complicated wire transfers, fees, or currency conversions. We’ll take care of it all. Just make a click and your contractor will get paid in their currency of choice. This is a valuable bonus for talent in countries where the local currency is particularly weak—most people appreciate the ability to receive their payment in stronger currencies.

Hiring and paying your team in 

Bahamas

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Get great currency conversion rates
Pay $0 in platform fees
Run payroll in seconds
Let Panther automatically create & store invoices
Let Panther automatically write locally-compliant contracts
Let Panther automatically file local tax documents

Hire and pay without Panther

Pay all your contractors individually
Do all currency conversions yourself
Shoulder the burden of platform fees
Spend hours each month making payments
Manually track & store invoices
Manually write & sign contracts
Manually file relevant tax documents

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If you want to hire employees in 

Bahamas

If you’ve read up until this point, you’ll know that it’s easier, cheaper, and more flexible to hire contractors in The Bahamas than employees. Still, there are valid reasons why you might want to hire employees instead. The content below is for you—we’ll cover employer taxes and obligations in The Bahamas

Taxes in 

Bahamas

Employer tax

National Insurance

Individual tax

National Insurance - 3.9%

Leave

Paid Time Off (PTO)

In Bahamas, employees with 12 months of consecutive employment are entitled to a minimum of two weeks’ paid leave:

  • When employees have completed six months of work, they can get one week of paid leaves.
  • The paid leaves are over and above the public holidays.
  • When employees complete a year of work, they are entitled to two weeks of paid leaves.
  • Employees that complete seven-plus years get three weeks of paid leaves.
  • It is also mandatory that the pay for the paid leaves is paid before the start of vacation.

Public Holidays

There are 10 public holidays.

Sick Days

Employees with six months of consecutive employment are entitled to one week’s sick leave per year.

Maternity Leave

Female employees receive 60 days of maternity leave. The maternity benefits are paid for the 60 days of the maternity leave, half of each can be taken before the birth.

Paternity Leave

Female workers with more than 12 weeks of employment are entitled to nine weeks of maternity leave.

Parental Leave

Other than the mentioned terms for maternity leave, there are no comprehensive provisions in the Bahamas law regarding paternity leave.

Other Leave

No Info.

Marriage Leave

No Info.

Bereavement Leave

According to General Orders 1621, Compassionate leave may be granted by a Permanent Secretary on the grounds of urgent personal affairs, such as accident, death and serious illness of immediate family, and emergencies caused by fire or flooding, up to a maximum of 8 days per annum.

Termination

Termination Process

Employers in the Bahamas can terminate employees provided they offer them the required notice or severance compensation.

The employee can build a wrongful dismissal case if the employer does not meet the above statutory clauses.

Employers have the right to termination when employees breach the terms of the employment contract or work against the organizational interest of the employer. In such cases, the employer is not statutorily required to give any notice to the employee or pay him severance compensation.

Also called summary dismissal, these happen on the following grounds:

  • Dishonest activities
  • Theft
  • Indecency
  • Insolence or insubordination
  • Offenses
  • Negligence
  • Misconduct
  • Incompetence
  • Breach of confidentiality

Notice Period

The notice period in Bahamas is:

  • 6 to 12 months - A week's notice or pay
  • More than 12 months - Two weeks' pay or notice

Severance Pay

The Severance Pay in Bahamas;

  • 4 weeks' notice OR pay en lieu of notice, AND.
  • 4 weeks' salary for every year of employment, up to 12 years.

Probation Period

There is no statutory probation period in the Bahamas. However;

  • The Collective Agreements may contain clauses for the probation period.
  • It is usually a year or twelve months from the start of work.

Employee requirements in 

Bahamas

Working Hours

The standard work week in Bahamas  is 40 hours per week.

Employees in the industrial, construction, manufacturing, transportation, law enforcement, and vital services industries may be required to work longer hours.

Overtime

By law, any employee working for more than 40 hours a week or 8 hours a day is entitled to overtime pay.

This should be one and a half times their regular pay or twice their normal pay rate if they are working overtime on a public holiday.

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