Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Costa Rica as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’. 

Costa Rica: Reduction of work shifts in the tourism sector

Companies in the tourism sector may now apply to the Ministry of Labour to undertake work shift reductions …

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Costa Rica: Employment protection and non-discrimination

Because the Labour Code does not contain any definition of “discrimination” per se it has been up to the courts to lead the way …

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Costa Rica: Reduction in working hours extended for three more months

Employers that are economically hit by the Pandemic may continue maintaining a reduction in working hours for another 3 months …

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Costa Rica: December 1st: “Abolition of the Army” Day

With the entry into force of Law 9803, the non-mandatory paid holiday of 12th October has been eliminated and replaced by the 1st December – the Day of the Abolition of the Army …

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Costa Rica: CCSS expands health insurance coverage to furloughed workers

The coverage of the Social Security Fund (Caja Costarricensede Seguro Social, CCSS) has been extended to furloughed employees until the end of this year …

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Costa Rica: Private sector minimum salary increase as of January 2021

The National Salary Council has approved a 0 …

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Costa Rica: Electronic platform launched for immigration applications

Foreign nationals may now file certain immigration applications and submit electronic copies of their application documents via the Digital Electronic Platform (to be found here) …

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Costa Rica: Health pass

All visitors must complete the Health Pass form and obtain a QR code to show to airport authorities upon arrival in Costa Rica …

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Costa Rica: Payment of wages during strikes

It is a curious fact that Costa Rica is the only country in the world where pay may not be automatically suspended when an employee goes on strike …

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Costa Rica: Extension of the temporary measures for the provision of services provided by Immigration

The validity of the ID residency card held by permanent residents that have been due to expire this month has now been extended through to 30th September 2020 …

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Costa Rica: More long weekends

A programme of additional national holidays that will provide long weekends has been created over the years until 2024 …

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Costa Rica: Dates to observe holidays

The Economic Affairs Commission is proposing that during the remainder of 2020, and for the whole of 2021, public holidays falling at a weekend be preserved and moved primarily to the nearest Monday …

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Costa Rica: Employee withdrawals

Employees made redundant, temporarily suspended or subject to a pay cut because of the global pandemic are now entitled to withdraw funds paid into any defined contribution pension fund …

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Costa Rica: Labor and social security measures

Companies adversely affected by the pandemic may unilaterally reduce working time and pay by up to 50%, provided they inform the labour inspectorate within three days of the change …

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Costa Rica: Private sector minimum salary increase for 2020

The National Wages Council has approved a 2 …

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