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Colombia: Labor Disconnection Ruled a Fundamental Right

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The Colombia Constitutional Court declared that the right to labor disconnection is a fundamental human right applicable to all employees, including those who perform public functions and those who are in management roles.

The Constitutional Court ruled that it is a violation of the right to work in dignified and fair conditions when employees are denied the right to disconnect. This is applicable to employees and public functionaries.

This ruling affects aspects such as rest, free time, reconciliation of family and work life, health and privacy, in addition to contravening the principle of equal treatment.

The Constitutional Court further clarified that that this decision applies to all types of work and implies the guarantee of rest, either daily or weekly, to which every worker has the right.

Although employees at the directive, trust and management levels are not subject to the statutory workday or the legal limit as established by labor legislation and constitutional jurisprudence, this does not exempt them from the regulation regarding disconnection. This imperative human right has emerged due to technological advancements.

Diana Zuleta Martinez is an attorney with DLA Piper in Bogota, Columbia. © 2023 DLA Piper. All rights reserved. Reposted with permission of Lexology.


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