There is a minimum wage, which exceeded the official estimate of the poverty level. The wage laws were enforced.
The legal workweek is 39 hours. The government allowed companies to reduce the workweek to 35 hours, but companies rarely did so. Regulations provide for a minimum number of rest periods and premium pay for overtime. Employers must pay an indemnity to employees, determined on a case-by-case basis, as a penalty for violating working-hour limitations. The penalties are sufficiently high generally to deter violations. There is a ceiling of nine hours of overtime per week or 46 hours of overtime over 12 consecutive weeks.
Law and government decree establish health and safety standards, which are appropriate for the country. Workplace health and safety committees and government labor inspectors enforced the standards. Workers could remove themselves from situations endangering health or safety without jeopardy to their employment, and authorities effectively protected this right.
The Department of Employment in the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs had several labor inspectors. The chief inspector answered directly to the director of the Department of Employment. Labor inspectors informed employers and employees on all matters related to labor laws, as well as health and safety standards. They arbitrated, mediated, and reconciled labor-management disputes. When possible, they carried out onsite inspections to ensure employers respected all requirements of the law. Data was not available on enforcement of occupational safety and health standards in the informal economy.