Domestic employees to get bigger raise Jan. 1

Although the general minimum wage increase Jan. 1 is 0.67 percent of the current rate, domestic employees are getting 1 percent, according to the Consejo Nacional de Salarios.

The 0.67 percentage was the original suggestion of the government. Labor representatives sought increases from 2 to 7 percent, and employer negotiators suggested 0.08 percent.

The government has separated out low-wage domestic employees and others for larger increases to provide a living wage.

Many Costa Ricans work in private jobs for the government-stipulated minimums, which are different for each job category.

Eventually the Ministerio de Trabajo will post a list of the legal minimums.

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