Reduction of Weekly Working Hours in Colombia
Through Law 2101 of 2021, the gradual reduction of the weekly working day in Colombia was ordered. This reduction, however, does not decrease or negatively affect workers’ salary and / or acquired rights. Thus, the maximum duration of the ordinary weekly working hours was reduced by six (6), from forty-eight (48) hours per week to forty-two (42). This law allows the employer to implement this reduction in the weekly working hours automatically, that is, to reduce all six (6) hours immediately. However, the law also authorizes employers to implement this reduction gradually, as follows:
|Date||Number of Hours to Reduce||Legal Maximum Working Hours|
|As of July 16, 2023||One (1) hour||47 hours per week|
|As of July 16, 2024||One (1) hour||46 hours per week|
|As of July 16, 2025||Two (2) hours||44 hours per week|
|As of July 16, 2026||Two (2) hours||42 hours per week|
According to the above, as of July 16 of the current year, it will be mandatory for employers to modify the duration of the weekly working hours of their workers so that it does not exceed a total of forty-seven (47) hours per week. These hours may be distributed in five (5) or six (6) days a week, according to what is mutually agreed between employers and workers, and in all cases one (1) day of rest per week must be guaranteed. However, Law 2101 establishes the following exceptions:
1. Tasks that imply a high risk to workers health in accordance with the provisions of Decree 2090 of 2003, may be subject to a different maximum weekly working hours if the government decides so. However, to date there is no special regulation in this regard, so at present they must be subject to the maximum ordinary weekly working hours of forty-two (42);
2. Adolescents over the age of fifteen (15) and under seventeen (17) years who have authorization to work, may only perform their work during a maximum daytime shift of six (6) hours a day and thirty hours (30) a week and until 6:00 p.m.;
3. Adolescents of seventeen (17) years of age may only work a maximum of eight (8) hours a day and forty (40) hours a week and until 8:00 p.m.;
4. In case of successive work shifts that allow the company to function without interruption every day of the week, the shifts may not exceed six (6) hours per day and thirty-six (36) hours per week;
5. In case of flexible daily shifts, the forty-two (42) hours may be distributed in a maximum of six (6) days a week, with a minimum of four (4) continuous hours and a maximum of nine (9) hours per day without any surcharge for supplementary work.
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