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Argentina: Prohibition on Dismissals andLay-offs

Prohibition of dismissals and lay-offs.

The Decree 329/2020, dated March 31, 2020, prohibits dismissals: (i) without justified cause; or (ii) due to lack or reduction of work and force majeure, for a period of 60 days (e.g. until May 31, 2020).

The Decree also prohibits lay-offs on grounds of force majeure, or lack or reduction of work, also for a period of 60 days (e.g. until May 31, 2020). Exceptions to this prohibition are the lay-offs provided for in the terms of Section 223 bis of the Labor Contract Law, this is, layoffs agreed with each employee or the union, or approved by the labor authority, for those employees that shall not perform any tasks, due to lack or reduction of work (not attributable to employer) or force majeure (dully evidenced).

The Decree provides that any dismissals and lay-offs in breach of the provisions of this Decree shall have no effect, and the labor relationships and its terms and conditions shall remain in force as before.


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