Littler Global Guide - Colombia - Q3 2020

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Extension of Public Health Emergency Impacts Various Employment-Related Measures

New Order or Decree

Author: Ángela Mora, Associate – Littler Colombia

The Health Ministry extended the state of public health emergency related to COVID-19 until November 30, 2020, and it may extend it again. During the state of emergency, employers are obligated to subsidize the connectivity of employees working from home; employees may apply for unemployment aid to compensate for reduction in their salary; and employers may send employees on vacation with a one-day notice. The extension of the state of emergency also impacts other measures that allow employers to have employees work from home without the implication of teleworking. These measures will be extended for as long as the sanitary emergency persists, unless authorities indicate otherwise.

Restrictions on Suspension of Contributions to Pension System

Precedential Decision by Judiciary or Regulatory Agency

Author: Ángela Mora, Associate – Littler Colombia

In Decision SL-25562020 of July 08, 2020, the Supreme Court of Justice held that whether or not the employee has complied with the pension requirements, the employer cannot suspend the contributions to the system without first informing the employee of the related advantages and disadvantages, so that the employee can make an informed decision. The employee may decide to continue making contributions to increase the pension amount or the savings.

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