Honduras: Law on Employment Paid Per Hour

Employers have requested that the temporary law whose validity will expire in two months be made permanent.

Friday, September 6, 2013

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security has also asked for the entry into force of the National Employment By Hours Programme which according to official statistics has reduced unemployment by 3.6%, generating about 155,000 jobs. According to Labor Minister Jorge Bográn, it is important to ensure the stability of the program, if not these positions could be lost and there would be no room for new applicants.

Technicians at this institution are preparing a report on the results of the program for submission to the Government and the National Congress in order to get an extension for it or for it to become permanent. "If this does not happen this way, the 155 thousand people will be left up in the air. It is essential that the program continues," said Bográn.

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