Reduction of Working Hours Stalled

Arguing lack of regulations, the Labor Ministry of Costa Rica has rejected requests for reducing the working day.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

While Congress studied a Labor Flexibility Law project, the ministry rejected 20 requests by companies from different sectors, who solicited authorization for reducing wages and working time of their employees.

"As the new regulation has not been approved, and continues stuck at the Assembly, the ministry has started to decline requests by employers", reported

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