4 in 10 Costa Rican Businesses Violate Minimum Wage Standards

October 17, 2010

A random sample by the Labor Ministry has found that 38 percent of businesses in Costa Rica don’t comply with minimum wage requirements
 
The highest level of noncompliance occurs in the Central Valley, followed by the central Pacific region.
 
The results were obtained through 1,948 site visits over the course of a month, as part of President Laura Chinchilla’s new Minimum Wage Campaign.
 
According to the Labor Ministry, businesses are given 15 days to correct noncompliance. If they fail to respond, they will be fined.  
 
Since the Minimum Wage Campaign began, nearly 4,000 callers have contacted the new minimum wage hotline (800-TRABAJO), which has resulted in the finding of 260 violations.
 
The minimum wage varies depending on the worker’s occupation. For example, someone in charge of cleaning pools should receive at least ₡7,194 ($14.29) a day, and a florist should be paid ₡7,984 ($15.86) a day. A receptionist should receive a minimum of ₡231,271 ($459.43) a month. The full list can be found at the Labor Ministry Web site: http://www.ministrabajo.go.cr/sminimos.pdf
 
A challenge for businesses is that required taxes, public health insurance, pension contributions and other benefits can cost the employer up to an additional 45 percent of a worker’s salary.

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

The future of tropical forests restoration is community led
Environment & Wildlife
435 views
Environment & Wildlife
435 views

The future of tropical forests restoration is community led

Fabíola Ortiz - October 21, 2018

The future of restoring tropical forests should not be exclusively in the hands of governments, argues Rebecca Cole, director of…

Five dead in Costa Rica rafting accident
Costa Rica
3275 views
Costa Rica
3275 views

Five dead in Costa Rica rafting accident

AFP - October 21, 2018

Four U.S. tourists and a fifth Costa Rican were killed after a river rafting accident on Saturday, the Red Cross…

Mexico opens border to women and children from migrant caravan
Honduras
1579 views
Honduras
1579 views

Mexico opens border to women and children from migrant caravan

AFP - October 20, 2018

Mexican authorities on Saturday allowed dozens of women and children from the Honduran migrant caravan to pass into its territory,…