Costa Ricas pushes for reform of Work Code

In response to the economic crisis the Government is proposing to make the work day more flexible in order to minimize layoffs.

Monday, January 12, 2009

According to "the bill proposes creating new two work days: a 12 hour day with 3 free days per week and an annualized work day. This will allow for 10 hours when there is a lot of work and a maximum of six during the low season, and this way the workers will at no time get less than the minimum wage.

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