Argentina- Worker benefits

As I promised in my first post I am researching other countries labor laws. I hope to eventually check all 134 countries that set limits on the lengtht of the work week. I have decided to start with the G-20 members. I will do one at a time to keep the length of the post down and give myself time to research. Today is about Argentina, my information comes from International Labour Organization and Ministry of Labour, Employment and Formation of Human Resources (using a translator program, since my Spanish is very limited).

Argentina -Working Time- 2011

Daily hours limit

General limit

The hours of work shall not exceed 8 hours per day.

The hours of work shall not exceed 48 hours per week.

Exceptions

The limitation of 8 hours does not apply to workers holding responsible positions, when the work is performed in teams, or in cases of accident, urgency, or force majeure (unexpected or uncontrollable event) ,when the work cannot be made during normal working hours.

The limitation of 48 hours does not apply to workers holding responsible positions, when the work is performed in teams, or in cases of accident, urgency, or force majeure, when the work cannot be made during normal working hours

Special categories

Night work

The hours of night work shall not exceed 7 hours per day.

Where hours of night work are combined with hours performed during day time, the limit of working hours shall be proportionally reduced by 8 minutes for every hour of night work.

 In cases in which the work is carried out in unhealthy conditions, the hours of work shall not exceed 6 per day.

 In cases in which the work is carried out in unhealthy conditions, the hours of work shall not exceed 36 per week.

Shift work

The 8 hour limit can be exceeded, provided the average hours worked over a three-week period do not exceed the 48 hour weekly limit.

 The 48 hour limit can be extended, if the average hours worked over a three-week period do not exceed the limit.

The hours of work in any individual week must not exceed 56 hours.

Young workers

It is not permitted to employ young workers (16-18 years old) more than 6 hours per day.

With the permission of the relevant government authority, young workers (over 16 years of age) may work up to 8 hours per day.

 It is not permitted to employ young workers (16-18 years old) more than 36 hours per week.

With the permission of the relevant government authority, young workers (over 16 years of age) may work up to 48 hours per week.

Agricultural workers

The 8 hour limit does not apply to agricultural workers.

The 48 hour limit does not apply to agricultural workers.

Domestic work

No daily limit applies for domestic workers. *

No weekly limit applies for domestic workers.*

*The Congress of Argentina approved on 17 March 2011, a Bill for discussion in the Senate regulating the working conditions of Domestic Workers and modifying the current Act on Employment Contracts. This Law will considerably change the working conditions of these workers in many aspects, among others, the limits in the daily hours of work. However, these modifications are not included since they are not yet implemented.

Vacations                                                                                                                                                                                     Vacations or regular annual license is awarded annually by the employer to the worker, continuous and remunerated, rest periods and annual leave vacation is called.

 The number of days of rest will depend on length of employment:

Less than 5 years: 14 days.

More than 5 years and less than 10 years: 21 days.

More than 10 years and less than 20 years: 28 days.

More than 20 years: 35 calendar days.

 Employee must have rendered services, at a minimum, half of the working days in the calendar year. If you fail to complete the minimum time, rest period which shall be calculated in the following way: 1 day of rest for every 20 days of work.

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