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Chile: Latest follow up on the huge discussion to come: Bill on Reducing Working Hours per Week

A huge discussion is underway in Chile, related to weekly worked hours limitations. As we reported last month, the Labour Committee of the Deputies Chamber at the Congress approved, in general terms, a bill of law that diminishes the maximum of workable hours per week, from 45 to 40. That project is an initiative coming from a group of Deputies.

Now the Government has issued its own bill of law, to diminish from 45 maximum workable hours per week to 41 (average). Other relevant differences mean that the Government project includes several flexibility items, such as to distribute the maximum in 4 days to have 3 rest days, working from home under certain conditions, to agree on different entrance/exit times, etc. Likewise, the Government is proposing to implement the above diminution in a gradual way.