Nicaragua: Substantial Improvement in Labor Lawsuits

With the implementation of a new Labor Code, a process which previously took four years to complete can now be done in just over an hour.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

According to the judge Mayra Woo, head of Fifth District Labour Court of Managua, this agility is thanks to the implementation of the Procedure Code, which came into effect on June 28 and aims to promote transparency, orality and immediacy.

"A law suit held yesterday in the Fifth Court regarded a labor reimbursement plus payment of legal benefits such as wages, vacation time, bonuses and other things which was brought by Raul Renteria Gonzalez against Reencauchadora Nacional Santa Ana, for the amount of $2,278," reported

"However, the company countersued the employee for alleged losses of over $285,000 for mismanagement, when he served as assistant accountant of the company from 2009. After hearing the claim and the counterclaim, the court moved on to hear the evidence and the closing arguments. "

"Since the code came into effect in less than a month the first hearings have been scheduled and judges are expected to hold hearings at least three days a week," said Judge Olga Elvira Brenes, president of the National Industrial Court.

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