Continuity of Reduced Working Hours

Because in Costa Rica the regulations authorizing companies to reduce working hours expire in December 2020, businessmen in the tourism sector are asking the Assembly to extend the deadline.

Friday, November 20, 2020

When the first cases of covid-19 were registered, the "Law Authorizing the Reduction of Working Days in view of the National Emergency Declaration" was approved. The validity of this regulation expires next December, but, the businessmen see the need to extend its validity.

See "Labor Market: Laws vs. Reality"

Ruben Acon, president of the National Chamber of Tourism (Canatur), told Elobservador.cr that "... 'our call to the deputies is to prioritize this project that is necessary because the recovery of tourism has not been as we would like, even the income is still very low and we can not return to the same dynamics of the operation of businesses that we had before the arrival of the pandemic'."

For Acon, it is fundamental that the validity of the norm be extended, since the protection of formal employment in the long term depends on this.

Actions already exist to support businesses and workers. The legislator Maria Ines Solis, from the Christian Social Unity Party, presented a bill which aims to extend the validity of the norm for six more months.

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