Progress in Partial Employment Law

In Guatemala, the law regulating part-time work has already been reviewed by the Attorney General's Office and awaits the approval of the Council of Ministers.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Although in August 2017, the Morales administration had planned to approve the law before February 2018, the process has been lengthening, and a government agreement must be issued for it to take effect.

In this regard, the Minister of Economy, Acisclo Valladares Urruela, explained that "... The regulations for the application of the part-time work Convention 175 of the International Labour Organization (ILO) already resulted from the revision of the Attorney General's Office (PGN). We are within the scope of what the ILO has recommended and implemented in other areas."

On the other hand, the Minister of Labor and Social Welfare, Gabriel Aguilera, said that "... it remains within the legal process of review in the General Secretariat of the Presidency. We are waiting for this process to be completed."

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Changes the Labor Market Needs

March 2019

In Guatemala, the debate on the legalization of part-time employment was reactivated, but the regulation, which for years has been promised to be approved, is still not a reality.

The inflexibility of the Guatemalan labor market is an issue of concern to investors, since for years the authorities have been promising to support the necessary changes so that companies can hire staff for the periods they require and not always based on the standard schedule of eight or twelve hours.

Guatemala and the Part Time Employment Law

August 2017

The Morales administration expects to have ready next month the first draft of a law that regulates part-time work, which must be approved before February 2018.

In February, Convention 175 of the International Labor Organization (ILO) comes into force in Guatemala and by that date the legal framework to implement part-time employment must be ready. 

Guatemala Approves Part-Time Employment

January 2017

The ILO Convention approved through Congress establishes a legal framework for hiring part-time employees, based on the principles of proportionality.

The Congress of Guatemala approved Convention 175 of the International Labour Organization (ILO), which sets standards for part-time employment and is based on the principles of proportionality and non-discrimination. 

Health Insurance Proposed for Part-Time Employees

February 2012

The Guatemalan Ministry of Labour is working on a bill draft and Labor Code reforms, in order to ensure social security and benefits are given to part-time employees.

The minister, Carlos Contreras, said his organization is working on a bill called the Employment Inclusion Act. It aims to ensure that part-time staff are recruited, but with the guarantee of Social Security payments and the support of the law.

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