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What are the latest developments on whistleblowing in the workplace?

The legislation relating to whistleblowing in the workplace can involve claims for labor harassment, crimes in the work place, corruption, non – fulfilment of regulations relating to outsourcing, hiring of foreign employees, the Health Committee responsible for supervising health and safety matters, amongst others.   Article 23 of the National Constitution, Article 24 of the … Continue reading

What measures are in place (or proposed) to address gender pay inequality in the workplace?

Efforts to reduce gender pay inequality have been rising all around the globe, without Colombia being an exception. The challenge of gender inclusiveness has to do with generational aspects that have brought cultural changes, including the evolution of women’s role in society. Colombian government has implemented initiatives to improve working conditions. Such initiatives have generated … Continue reading

Is it possible for employers to change the terms of employment contracts?

One wonders until what point the ability of the employer to subordinate an employee gives him the faculty to unilaterally amend the employment conditions. According to Colombian legislation, employers could change unilaterally the terms and conditions agreed with its employees based upon its subordination faculty. However, such change shall obey to reasonable situations that in … Continue reading

What protection do employees have against race discrimination?

According to Article 13 of the Colombian Political Constitution, each individual is born free and equal before the law. The same protection and treatment from the authorities is guaranteed. Every individual is entitled to the same rights, freedoms and opportunities without any discrimination on grounds of race among others. Article 10 of the Colombian Labor … Continue reading

What are the employment implications of the transfer of a business?

Colombian labor legislation provides automatic transfer of employees or “substitution of employer”, when three requirements are met (i) change from one employer to another, due to an agreement, sale, transfer or any other cause, (ii) the business continues, which means that the scope of the business developed by the former employer keeps all of its … Continue reading

What protection from discrimination do employees have on grounds of gender?

The Colombian legislation guarantees the equality within the employment environment, regardless of the gender. However, due to the role of women in society and at home, the reality shows that discrimination still occurs in the companies. There are several mechanisms to fight against the discrimination of gender. For instance, women have the possibility of filing … Continue reading

Notice rights – what rights do employees have to notice on termination of employment?

The rights that the employees do have to notice on termination of employment will mostly depend on the termination motive. According to Colombian labor legislation, employment agreements may terminate (i) without cause; (ii) with cause; (iii) due to the expiration of the term of duration; (iv) due to the termination of the task or job … Continue reading

What protection from discrimination do employees have on the grounds of sexual orientation?

Traditionally the grounds of sexual orientation have become a condition to discriminate. In Colombia, legal provisions focus in the prohibition of all forms of discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation and gender identity. According to Article 13 of the Colombian Political Constitution, each individual is born free and equal before the law, the same protection … Continue reading

What protection do employees have against discrimination on grounds of age?

To begin with, employment discrimination on grounds of age is not a problem only for workers in a specific age group in Colombia. For instance, young people feel discriminated against because of their lack of experience when seeking jobs for the first time, and the elderly feel rejected and undervalued when they are interested in … Continue reading

Obligations of the employers in Colombia regarding collective consultation on redundancy

In Colombia, companies are not obliged to request authorization from the unions to carry out downsizing processes. However, it is advisable to review if the collective bargaining agreements entered into with the unions include any obligation in this regard. According to Colombian labor law, redundancy, economic reasons and the fact that a role is no … Continue reading

Employees’ Rights to Holidays

Under Colombian legislation employees hired by their employers by means of an employment agreement are entitled to mandatory rest days, such as national holidays which are stated in the Colombian Labor Code. According to Article 177 of the mentioned code, employees (…) are entitled to paid rest days on the following holidays, both of civil … Continue reading

Employees’ Rights on Redundancy

When analyzing employees’ right´s on redundancy, caused by the unilateral termination on behalf of the employer, Colombian legislation has determined that the compensation to be paid must include amounts derived from lost profits and direct damages. Redundancy rights in Colombia will vary depending on the time worked and the salary accrued. In fix term labor … Continue reading

Whistleblowing – what protection do employees have?

Law 1010, 2006 regulates the protection for victims of labor harassment that denounce behaviors or conducts at the work place such us: assault, aggression, humiliation, inconsiderate and offensive treatment or outrage. The law includes a special protection in favor of the victim that denounces harassing conducts. According to the mentioned protection, the victim of harassment … Continue reading

Restrictive covenants

  In Colombia as in many other Latin-American countries, non competence clauses are enforceable for the duration of the employment contract. This means that the restriction will disappear once the labor relationship is terminated. The fact is that according to Article 26 of the Labour Code, parties in a labor relationship are allowed to agree … Continue reading

New feature – a common theme across the regions

We are happy to announce a new feature to this blog: every month, all participating regions will post on a common theme.   We hope that this feature will give our readers a quick glance into the differences and commonalities that exist between each of the various jurisdictions on a relevant employment and labour law … Continue reading

Prior authorization to dismiss with cause a disadvantaged employee: Effective protection or abuse of same?

Many would have thought that the fact that a disadvantaged employee (either handicapped or suffering from a debilitating medical condition) has committed a serious breach, thus incurring in a cause of termination, would allow the employer to validly and unilaterally terminate her or his employment contract without prior authorization from the labor authority and without … Continue reading
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