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Ministerial agreement nº mdt-2016-0158 with the standard for the application of the organic law for the promotion of juvenile work, exceptional work day regulation, settlement and unemployment insurance

  • Published in the Supplement to Official Gazette Nº 820, dated August 17, 2016, regulating the Organic Law for the Promotion of Juvenile Work, exceptional regulation of the Work Day, Settlement and Unemployment Insurance, in effect as of March 28, 2016.


  • Juvenile contracts are considered those signed by individuals between the ages of 18 and 26. They must be entered into in writing and registered in the Information System of the Ministry of Labor.
  • In order to apply the benefit set forth in Article 34.3 of the Labor Code[1] (hereinafter CT), a first job will be considered for juveniles that have not had more than 6 months of a continuous full-time work relationship; likewise, substitution will be considered, and there will be no ability to apply the benefit in the event of replacement made to occupy the place of workers who have been fired or that have had an authorized exit from work against the employer.
  • Companies with less than 50 employees are not subject to control with regards to a minimum percentage of juvenile employees.

Based on the activity, the minimum number of juvenile employees working at each company, with regards to the net increase in workers each fiscal year, is the following: