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Salary increase for private sector set at 1.14 percent

The salary increase for 2017 followed the approval of a new calculation methodology that National Wage Council member said will benefit workers.

0.5% pay increase approved for minimum-wage workers in private sector

Private-sector workers receiving minimum monthly wage will receive a 0.5 percent hike starting July 1.

Costa Rica labor minister resigns over hiring of family member

Labor Minister Víctor Morales resigned Tuesday amid growing criticism over the hiring of his niece for a job at the ministry, a violation of a code of ethics that he helped promote.

Labor Ministry receives 147 complaints over Christmas bonuses

A total of 147 workers this week filed Labor Ministry claims against employers over problems with Christmas bonuses, known in Costa Rica as aguinaldos. According to Costa Rica labor laws, the deadline for aguinaldo payments was Dec. 20.

New jobs program aims to put a dent in Costa Rica’s unemployment rate

Costa Rican Labor Minister Víctor Morales on Monday introduced a new government incentives program for companies willing to hire workers from segments of the population who generally have more difficulty finding jobs. The program will give companies a $2,680 bonus for each new worker they hire from pre-defined groups.

Private-sector employers offer 0.94 percent wage increase for second half of 2015

Government representatives will meet next week with union leaders and employers to vote on a final amount.

In Costa Rica, the top targets of sexual harassment complaints in the public sector are doctors, teachers and cops

According to the Ombudsman's Office, the number of complaints at public agencies increased from 82 in 2008 to 276 in 2011. The top targets of those complaints were doctors, teachers and police at the Social Security System, Education Ministry and Public Security Ministry, respectively.

Strategy aims to eliminate child labor in Costa Rica by 2020

Costa Rica registers the lowest number of child workers in Central America, the International Labour Organization reported on Friday, although the agency said more efforts are needed to keep kids in school.

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