Colombia

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The GPS Country Snapshot includes 25 sections of information about labor law compliance in Colombia. See a sample of popular sections below.

Termination of Employment

In Colombia, termination of a contract for indefinite duration requires a notice period of 45 days. Terminating a fixed-term contract of over 1 month requires prior notice of at least 30 days or 15 days in cases of termination for just cause. Employers may also give an employee pay in lieu of notice when terminating a fixed-term agreement.

Work Permits

The immigration law requires foreign nationals to obtain a work visa for employment in Colombia. A work visa is issued by the Internal Working Group of the Minister of Foreign Affairs for a period of 2 years for multiple entries. For artistic, sports, or cultural groups, the work visa is granted for 6 months.

Applicants must submit employment contract, certificate of existence of the employer and proof of qualifications. 

Paid Annual Leave

Female employees are entitled to 18 weeks of maternity leave with full pay, including at least one week of prenatal and 16 weeks of post-natal leave. Maternity leave can be extended up to 2 additional weeks in case of multiple or premature births. In the case of miscarriage and premature birth, a female employee is entitled to paid leave of 2 to 4 weeks.

The leave is fully paid through Colombia's social security system, and the pay is provided in advance. Maternity leave and related benefits are also extended to adopting mothers. It is illegal for an employer to dismiss a female employee during her maternity leave and nursing period.

Working Hours

The Labor Code of Colombia stipulates that the maximum working hours for adults are 42 hours per week. The number of hours of daily work can be distributed in a variable manner during the respective week, having a minimum of 4 continuous hours and a maximum of up to 9 hours per day without any surcharge for supplementary work, provided the number of working hours does not exceed the average of 42 weekly hours. The maximum working duration for minors is as follows:

  • Persons between 15 and 17 years of age can work a maximum of 6 hours per day and 36 hours per week.
  • Persons over 17 years of age can work a maximum of 8 hours per day and 48 hours per week.

When the nature of the work does not require continuous activity and it is carried out in shifts, the duration of the workday can be extended to more than 8 hours, or 48 hours per week, provided that the average working hours do not exceed 8 hours per day or 48 per week. 

Effective April 2022, Colombia enacted Decree 555 to regulate remote work. Furthermore, employees and public servants have the right to disconnect from work which begins once the working day is over. The employer must guarantee that the work and public servant can effectively and fully enjoy rest time, licenses, permits, vacations, and their personal and family life.

Maternity Leave

Female employees are entitled to 18 weeks of maternity leave with full pay, including at least one week of prenatal and 16 weeks of post-natal leave. Maternity leave can be extended up to 2 additional weeks in case of multiple or premature births. In the case of miscarriage and premature birth, a female employee is entitled to paid leave of 2 to 4 weeks.

The leave is fully paid through Colombia's social security system, and the pay is provided in advance. Maternity leave and related benefits are also extended to adopting mothers. It is illegal for an employer to dismiss a female employee during her maternity leave and nursing period.

Minimum Wage

Effective January 1, 2024, Colombia set the minimum monthly salary to COP 1,300,000 (Colombian pesos). The monthly amount of transportation aid for 2024 is set to COP 162,000. The monthly transportation aid must be paid to employees who earn up to double the monthly minimum wage.

Country Profile

The GPS Country Profile contains detailed information on over 60 topics related to labor law compliance within Colombia.
  • Type of Employment Relationship
  • Permanent Employment
  • Fixed-Term or Specific-Purpose Contracts
  • Temporary Employment Contracts
  • Part-time Employment
  • Young Worker Employment
  • Vendors and Independent Contractors
  • Types of Contracts
  • Probationary Period
  • Termination of the Contract of Employment
  • Grounds for Termination
  • Notice of Dismissal
  • Fair Dismissal
  • Redundancy
  • Unfair Dismissal
  • Suspension of Contract of Employment
  • Severance Benefits
  • Hours of Work
  • Work Week and Timekeeping
  • Night Work and Shift Work
  • Overtime
  • Remote Work
  • Required Time Off
  • Public Holidays
  • Annual Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Maternity
  • Other Forms of Leave
  • Social Insurance and Retirement
  • Social Security Contribution
  • National Retirement Scheme
  • Dependents’/Survivors Benefit
  • Life and Disability Insurance/Benefit
  • Statutory Allowances
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Minimum Wage (Basic Wage)
  • Bonuses, Profit Sharing and Other Compensation
  • Medical Insurance
  • Work Environment
  • Workplace Safety and Health
  • Prohibition of Discrimination
  • Prohibition of Harassment
  • Data Protection and Privacy
  • Whistleblowers and Retaliation
  • Workers’ representation in the organization
  • Freedom of Association
  • Registration and Recognition of Unions
  • Trade Union Personality
  • Collective Bargaining and Agreements
  • Disputes and Settlements
  • Strikes and Lockouts
  • Unfair Labor Practices
  • Taxation of Compensation and Benefits
  • Income Tax
  • Taxation of Employee Benefits
  • Tax Filing and Payment Procedures
  • Double Tax Relief and Tax Treaties
  • Visas and Work Permits
  • Visas
  • Work Permits and Residence Permits

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