Littler Global Guide - Costa Rica - Q1 2024

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Whistleblower Protection Law Enacted

New Legislation Enacted

Author: Marco Arias, Partner – BDS, Member of Littler Global

On February 8, 2024, the "Law for the protection of complainants and witnesses of acts of corruption against retaliation in employment" became enforceable, after its publication in the official journal La Gaceta. The law, which is the first whistleblower protection law in Costa Rica, protects individuals who file complaints alleging potential "acts of corruption," as defined in the law, and witnesses, from retaliation of any kind and imposes steep penalties on employers who engage in retaliation.

The law also creates “protective immunity” for these individuals, which they cannot be terminated from employment except for just cause, with prior authorization from the Ministry of Labor. Additional details are available on

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