40 hours: this week the first reduction in the working day in Chile begins and here you can review all the details of the law

40 hours: this week the first reduction in the working day in Chile begins and here you can review all the details of the law
40 hours: this week the first reduction in the working day in Chile begins and here you can review all the details of the law

During this week, specifically from next Friday, April 26, 2024the law 21,561which gradually reduces the working day in Chile.

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Specifically, starting this Friday the first section of the rule will come into effect, so The working day will be reduced from 45 to 44 hours per week.

It should be remembered that this legal initiative was promoted by the Government and had transversal support in the National Congress. Through this, The aim is to gradually reduce the hours from 45 to 40 of work per week.

As specified by the Executive, the law schedule establishes that there will be a gradual decrease in working hours. In this way, from the next Friday, April 26, the working day in Chile will be reduced, obligatorily, from 45 to 44 hours per week.

The details of the law

According to the regulations, in April 2026 the working day will be reduced to 42 hours a week, while in 2028 The law will come into full force when the 40 hours of work per week.

With respect to who benefits from the reduction in working hours, the Labor Directorate stated that “all workers whose employment relationship is fully regulated by the Work code”.

Meanwhile, the law indicates that the reduction of the working day does not mean a decrease in remuneration that the workers receive.

The benefits of 40 hours a week in Chile

Specifically, as a result of the initiative, there will be new matters in the Code. In detail, among those that stand out, are the following:

  • Two-hour bands for mothers and fathers of children up to 12 years old. In this way, the start of work can be anticipated or delayed by up to one hour.
  • Overtime Compensation for additional holidays. In such a way that workers will receive additional days off instead of money.
  • Mandatory attendance registration. Workers will have to mark their entry and exit.

It should be noted that the reduction must occur through an agreement between both parties or through the union. In that sense, what was proposed by the Labor Directorate is that an hour should be deducted from the days worked and not minutes in each of them.

 
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