Impact of Labor Law Implementation in the Lebanese Pharmaceutical Sector

Document Type : Research Paper


Department of Business Administration, Beirut Arab University, Beirut, Lebanon


Labor law implementation has a basic role in increasing employment stability, decreasing turnover, and managing the employer-employee relation, which increases the productivity levels in any organization. In this paper, the importance of implementing the labor law in the Lebanese pharmaceutical sector, in the two main divisions, sales (medical representative) and community pharmacies is discussed. An interview was conducted with a community pharmacy, where the labor law is not fully implemented; employees do not have any obligatory salary range, annual leaves, or sick leaves. Interviews showed how the pharmaceutical sector is falling back due to the lack of motivated pharmacists, a stable work environment, fair competition, and the recent phenomena of hiring employees without a pharmacy degree to replace pharmacists for lower salaries. The presence of a strong labor law would protect employees, ensure their rights, motivate them and finally increase their productivity. This would support the pharmaceutical sector and protect it from further regression.