New labor code signed into law by Solís

With great fanfare, President Luis Guillermo Solís signed a bill Monday that revises the labor code, which went into force initially in 1943.

The new law provides the use of oral arguments in labor court cases. This is expected to reduce the durations of the cases from as much as 10 years to two.

In addition, certain workers who bring a case against an employer will be entitled to free legal representation, according to the law. Eligible are employees who do not make more than 902,000 (about $1,700) a month. The amount is keyed to inflation.

The law also contains specific sections on discrimination in the workplace.

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