Federal Labour Law

    North America

    Federal Labour Law

    The Federal Labour Law of 1 April 1970 (‘the Law) (only available in Spanish, here), as amended by Decree 1 May 2019 (only available in Spanish, here) outlines the obligations and rights of employers and employees. 

    Last Updated: July 30, 2019


  • Requirements

    The Law defines a ‘worker’ as the natural person who lends to another, physical or moral, a subordinate personal work. For the purposes of the Law, work is understood to be as any human, intellectual or material activity, regardless of the degree of technical preparation required by each profession or trade (Article 8o of the Law). 

    The Law defines an ‘employer’ as the natural or legal person who uses the services of one or more workers. If the worker, according to the agreement or custom, uses the services of other workers, the employer of the same will also be theirs (Article 10 of the Law).  

    Employers who use intermediaries to hire workers will be responsible for the obligations arising from the Law and the services provided. Workers will have the following rights (Article 14 of the Law): 

    • they will provide their services under the same working conditions and will have the same rights that correspond to workers who perform similar jobs in the company or establishment; and 
    • intermediaries may not receive any compensation or commission from workers’ salaries.
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