Selection order for dismissals and layoffs in detail

There is no statutory selection order for dismissals under Colombian law.

However, employers need to be aware that some employees may have ‘reinforced stability’. This requires a separate authorisation to be obtained from the Ministry of Labour to terminate them. Therefore, in practice these employees are left last in cases of mass dismissals. Situations of reinforced stability include:

  • maternity/paternity and breastfeeding;
  • disability;
  • physical or psychological limitations;
  • being a union director or union founder.
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Author: Brigard & Urrutia Abogados

Date: July 2019


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