BLP – Newsflash: Labor Day in Central America

On Wednesday, May 1, 2019, we observe International Workers´ Day which entails the enjoyment of a holiday, regulated in the region as follows:

Guatemala: May 1 represents a mandatory payment day. If an employee works on May 1, payment for the day must include a 50% surcharge added to his ordinary daily salary.

Additionally, Decree 42-2010, which was amended by Decree 19-2018, established that, in order to promote domestic tourism in Guatemala, when the holiday falls on Tuesday or Wednesday, the Monday immediately preceding will be enjoyed; If it occurs on Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday, the holiday will be enjoyed on the following Monday. Therefore, in Guatemala in 2019, Monday, April 29 will mark the holiday corresponding to May 1.

 

Honduras: May 1 is a holiday according to article 339 of the Labor Code. If an employee works on this day, the person must be paid double.

 

El Salvador: May 1 is a holiday according to articles 190 and 192 of the Labor Code. If an employee works on this day, the person must be paid double.

 

Nicaragua: May 1 is a holiday according to article 66 of the Labor Code. If an employee works on this day, the person must be paid double.

 

Costa Rica: May 1 is a holiday according to article 143 of the Labor Code. If an employee works on this day, the person must be paid double.

 

In the region, May 1 is a mandatory payment holiday, and every employer has the obligation to pay a regular salary, even if the day is not worked, as is the case when payment is made weekly, biweekly or monthly.

 

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