Colombian Labor Contracts

If you are a foreigner living in Colombia, then you may be wondering about Colombian labor contracts before hiring anyone. It wont be very long before you realize that labor law here are much different than in many other countries (for example, the U.S.)  Most foreigners aresuprised to find that even simple jobs such as maids have rights to liquidation payments. It is your responsibility as an employeer to make sure health & workers insurance, pension, uniforms andtransportation are all paid for or you face substantial  monetary penalties/fines. The labor ministry and court system generally favor employees when there is a lack of written documentation so it is critical that you follow domestic labor laws and have a signed contract with an employee. Liquidation payments are required by law and range from 20% to 50% of the employees salary depending on various factors.

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Running a company in Colombia requires that you are familiar with the various types of Colombian labor contracts you may enter into in order to avoid a costly situation when employees exit or terminate their relationship with you. Some employees will take advantage of those who are not familiar with Colombian labor laws in Colombia (often Americans or other foreigners). For example, an independent worker will agree to a higher hourly rate in exchange for not paying their benefits, but upon termination will claim they are also entitled to back pay for benefits.

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Our legal staff can assist you with drafting a contract which provides you with the necessary legal protection, combined with professional payroll services.

Types of Colombian Labor Contracts:


Replacement of Personnel (replacement of employee out on maternity sick leave)


Seasonal Job (high season employment)


Traditional part-time employment


Project Specific (construction, professional services)


Traditional fixed term full-time employment


Independent Contractor (a professional who can work independently)

Related Legal Services Offered by Colombia Legal & Accounting SAS:


Certified labor cost projections


Labor Court Disputes


Labor liquidation negotiations


Work visas for foreigners


Human resource services


Workers rights


Other Related Services We Offer:

Real Estate in Colombia 

Colombia Power of Attorney

Colombian Import – Export

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