Labor Lawsuits Accelerated in Nicaragua

As of May 29 a new Labour Code will come into force as well as the introduction of oral trials in labor lawsuits.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Labor trials are to be conducted orally, and the new Labour and Social Security Code of Nicaragua (Law 815) also allow workers to file their application before a judge verbally.

In the past, resolution of a labor case took six years, but with this new Code that time will be reduced to six months. Private companies and some unions believe that time will tell if this objective is met. "What we see is the immediacy with which this will shorten trials, even if it is theoretical what we will see in practice is the length of trials going from six years to 180 days ." But the most satisfying part is that "now you present the judge with your allegations face to face. That pile of papers that you had to file will disappear, these are things that will benefit workers, "said Jose Espinoza Navas, secretary general of the Confederation of Trade Union Unity (CUS).

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