Part-Time Work Law Again

After the Constitutional Court temporarily suspended the legal framework regulating part-time work in Guatemala, a new proposal advances in Congress.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

This is bill 5477 has received a favorable opinion from the Labor Commission of the Congress of the Republic and is pending discussion in the plenary of deputies.

See "The Paradox of Labor Unions"

The proposed law, known as the "Law Regulating International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention No. 175 on Part-Time Work", provides for definitions of part-time employment contracts. reports that "... The proposal also defines what a part-time employment contract is, the concept of part-time worker and working hours. For example, the ordinary daytime part-time work may not be more than six hours per day and may not exceed thirty-six (36) hours per week. An ordinary part-time night shift may not be more than four hours a day and may not exceed 24 hours a week. The ordinary part-time mixed working day shall not exceed five hours per day and 30 hours per week."

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Juan Pablo Carrasco, executive director of the Guatemalan American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham), said that "... the law that had already been approved complied with the Guatemalan Constitution, but the new initiative complies with the guidelines proposed by the Constitutional Court (CC) so that it is no longer contested and can be applied."

According to the congressmen the new proposal is still subject to amendments and improvements, among the internal procedures of the Congress.

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