HR Policies in Chile

HR policies strongly focus on the development of the industrial sector of Chile. With Chile is achieving a good economic growth, the HR policies play an important role in their growth. HR policies in Chile focus on the structural change and introduction of new systems in management. Over the last few years, the health sector of Chile has undergone significant changes in HR policies. The policies aim in the effective functioning of the management and the labor force of Chile. Socio-economic, political, cultural and legal elements play an important role in formulating the HR policies of the country.

HR policies in Chile try to strengthen the competitive advantage of the industries, retain and attract new employees and develop the skills of the industrial sector. HR policies in Chile are contributing to the healthy functioning of the industry. The HR policies lay strong emphasis on the development and training of the labor force, especially when both the trade and industry have increased due to globalization in Chile. As newer industries are coming up in Chile, they are formulating policies to retain the potential work force. Different companies in Chile have their own HR policies, but the structure is more or less the same:

Recruitment Policies:
  • In terms of recruitment, first preference must be given to citizens of Chile. Expatriate candidate(s) have to meet the laws of working in Chile. Foreign companies have also to abide HR policies and labor and government rules, while recruiting the nations of Chile.
  • Recruitment and application must continue through out the financial year.
  • Opportunity must be given to graduates and freshers.

Working Hours :
  • The maximum working hours cannot exceed 48 hours per week
  • Whoever works for 192 hour per month is entitled to get the minimum wage (this is known as IMM or Ingreso Minimo Mensual).
  • The work week is worked in five or six days, including half an hour of rest period.
  • 24 hours of rest period is entitled to all workers.
  • Employees who are working in the high altitudes,can have their rest period which amounts to several days off after 14 days of successive work.
  • Over time must be paid, if the work oversteps 48 hours per week or eight hours per day. The extra time pay is 150 percent of the normal hourly wage.
  • Two hours of overtime per day is allowed. It must not cross 10 hours of work

Health and Safety Measures:
  • To protect the health of the workers.
  • To provide sufficient safety to the employee.
  • To take necessary measures to avoid accidents.

Other Benefits :
  • Right to strike
  • Right to organize
  • Equal opportunity
  • Non-discrimination
  • Medical care
  • Social security etc.

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