Teleworking: Approval of Regulations in Panama

After heeding the objection made by the Executive to the project approved in October 2019, the Assembly proceeded to give its endorsement to the law that establishes the rights and responsibilities of employers and workers in the country who use the telework modality.

Friday, January 24, 2020

In mid-October of last year, the National Assembly approved the project in its third debate. However, Article 24 was specifically objected to, as it was considered contrary to precept 276 of the National Constitution, which states that the National Assembly may not issue laws that derogate or modify income in the Budget.

From the National Assembly's statement:

January 23rd, 2020. The plenary session of the National Assembly accepted the objection made by the Executive and approved, in the third debate, the draft of Law 76, which establishes and regulates the modality of teleworking.

The regulation, a result of the initiative of deputy Raul Fernandez, was specifically objected to Article 24, as it was considered contrary to the precept 276 of the National Constitution, which states that the National Assembly may not issue laws that repeal or modify income in the Budget, without at the same time there is a substitute income.
 
In the report previously prepared by the Government Commission, it was agreed to take the presidential statement and proceeded to eliminate this article, which is why the partial objection for inexiquibility is overcome.
 
According to Bill 76, Telework is defined as: a form of organization and/or performance of remote work carried out by a person partially or completely in places other than the employer's establishment or establishments, including their own home, performing their work by means of information technology and telecommunications.



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