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The Chilean Labour Statute contains several minimum rights granted to employees that must be honored by employers. Those minimums cannot be waived by employees. The most relevant minimum labour rights are: minimum legal wage (currently approx. US$425); 15 working days’ vacation per year; profit sharing; maximum 45 hours of work per week; severance; and social security contributions.

The Chilean Labour Statute is basically composed of the Labour Code and several special social security laws.

Key Points

  • Chile’s labour laws are established as a general system to protect employees.
  • Terminations in Chile -both for cause and without cause- must be duly grounded in writing.
  • Labour Courts normally rule looking for employees´ protection.
  • Labour Courts ponder the evidences according to the “rule of reason”.

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