Jail Time Payroll Witholding

Costa Rica Payroll Witholding – Go to Jail if you don’t Pay

If you do not pay the funds withheld from your employee for Costa Rica Social Security you could end up in jail.  As an Employer it is your obligation to withhold the employee contribution to Social Security and to pay that to the Costa Rican Social Security Administration.  In Costa
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Domestic Service in Costa Rica

Hiring a Maid

Hiring a Maid (Domestic Employee)  in Costa Rica A Summary of Chapter VIII of the Costa Rican Labor Code  The Costa Rican Labor Code has a specific provision that covers “Domestic Employees”.   This is found in Chapter VIII Articles 101- 108 of the Labor Code. Article 101 of the Labor
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Employment Law in Costa Rica

Labor Law Summary & Information

 LABOR LAW SUMMARY INFORMATION  Costa Rican Labor and Employment law can be very confusing.  The Costa Rica Labor Code guarantees certain rights to the employee.   If and an employer does not follow the dispositions of the labor code then they could incur costly payments. In this sect
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Costa Rica Labor Law

Costa Rica Labor Law in a Nutshell

Costa Rica Labor Law in a Nutshell will help you understand the ins and out of Costa Rica labor laws. The Labor Law in Costa Rica can affect us all.   If you hire an employee in Costa Rica you will need to know some aspects of Costa Rica labor law to ensure you stay out of trouble.  I
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Costa Rica Labor Law Case Manual

The Costa Rican Ministry of Labor and Social Security (MTSS) in conjunction with the Ministry of Human Resources and Development of the Canadian Government (HRSDC) has recently released the 3rd Edition of the Labor Law Judicial Criteria (Compendio de Criterios Jurídico-Laborales).  T
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Costa Rica Minimum Wage Scale for 2015

The Costa Rica Ministry of Labor sets the minimum wage scale for workers in Costa Rica. The minimum wage scale is set twice a year by the wage council of the Ministry of Labor. The information below is for selected positions from the wage scale approved by Nº 39055-MTSS for 2015 Agrcu
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Costa Rica Minimum Wage Scale for 2014

In Costa Rica the parties are free to negotiate wages so long as the wage does not fall below the minimum wage scale established by the Ministry of Labor of Costa Rica.   The minimum wage scale is set twice a year by the wage council of the Ministry of Labor. The minimum wage sca
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The Costa Rica Labor Code – Law # 2

 COSTA RICAN LABOR CODE   The Costa Rican Labor Code has been in effect since 1943.   The Labor Code is divided into the eleven Chapters referred to as Titulos and all are set forth below.  By clicking on the title number you can view the particular text for t
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Registering Your Employee with the Costa Rican Social Security System

    Registering your Employee with the Costa Rican Social Security System   In Costa Rica registration with the Social Security system is compulsory for anybody that hires an employee.   If you hire a worker it is your obligation to have the employee sign
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Pregnant Employee Rights in Costa Rica

  Pregnant Employee Rights in Costa Rica Pregnant Employee Rights in Costa Rica   The Labor Code of Costa Rica sets forth all the laws which govern the Employer-Employee relationship.   Article 94 of the Labor Code provides specific rights to pregnant employees.&nb
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Paid Employee Vacation Time

  All About Paid Vacations in Costa Rica The Costa Rican Labor Code (Codigo de Trabajo) stipulates that an Employer must provide vacation time to their Employee once that Employee has worked at least 50 weeks.   Once that threshold is reached the Employee is entitled to 2 we
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Firing an Employee

  In Costa Rica you must have cause to fire an employee at will.  If you don’t have cause you may still fire the employee but it will trigger severance payments to the employee by the employer. To terminate an employee for cause it must be based upon one of the grounds
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