a. New or Expected Developments
A bill granting stability (or security of employment) rights to pregnant independent contractors is currently being discussed in the Congress, and has already passed through the second of four debates to be approved by the Colombian Congress and sanctioned by the president. If approved, pregnant women will be entitled to maternity leave for 18 weeks after the birth and stability rights during the pregnancy and the maternity leave meaning that their services agreement will not be able to be terminated without prior authorization from the Ministry of Labor during this period.
b. Recent Amendments to the Law
The Ministry of Labor issued Decree 1563 of 2016 which establishes the rules of affiliation to the Occupational Risks System for self-employed workers /independent contractors without a civil or commercial contract, or employment relationship and who voluntarily want to join the system to have the coverage, welfare and economic benefits. With this Decree the government seeks to advance the formalization of informal workers, as a strategy to contribute to their well-being and that of their family, within the framework of a preventive culture articulated with public health and safety policies at work.