The Deadline to Pay the Legal Bonus is Approaching
According to article 306 of the Colombian Labor Code, employers have the obligation to pay their employees a social benefit called “Legal Bonus” corresponding to 30 days of salary per year, that is, for each year worked, 30 days of salary must be recognized. This Legal Bonus must be recognized in two payments: half by June 30th at the latest and the other half no later than the first twenty days of December. The recognition of this payment must be made for the entire semester worked or proportional to the time worked.
In addition, bear in mind that all workers who are bound by an employment contract are entitled to the Legal Bonus, including domestic workers, family service drivers, daily workers or farm workers and, in general, those who are considered as dependent workers.
In accordance with the above, by June 30th at the latest, you will have the obligation to pay an amount equivalent to half of the monthly salary received by your workers for those that began working on or before January 1st. For workers who began after January 1st, payment must be made in proportion to the time worked. In case you do not make the corresponding payment before this date, you must pay, as compensation, a sum equal to the last daily salary for each day of delay, up to 24 months. If after 24 months you have not yet made the payment, you must recognize default interests.
In case you have doubts about this or any other work obligation, do not hesitate to contact us.
 Colombian Labor Code. Article 65.