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What is the change? The new online registry known as the Unique Registry of Foreign Workers in Colombia, or RUTEC, is a mandatory registry for all companies in Colombia who employ foreign employees.
What does the change mean? Employers must register their foreign employees, information about their employment contracts, and social security affiliation on the RUTEC online portal. Registration in RUTEC must be completed within 120 calendar days after the date of the labor contract for new employees and by Feb. 8, 2019, for current employees. Employers must also update RUTEC within 30 calendar days after a change such as the end of a labor contract, modification of economic activity, or when an employee has a change of residential address.
Background: The registry will contain three main registrations:
After a foreign employee is registered in the system, a “migrant employee” electronic certification (or a “migrant employee of the Andean Area” certification for nationals of Bolivia, Ecuador or Peru) will be issued and employers must keep the certificate in their records.
Analysis & Comments: The new registry is a tool for labor authorities to monitor immigrant labor and to ensure that employers are fulfilling all requirements regarding labor contracts, working conditions and social benefits to guarantee the rights of immigrant employees. Employers should register existing foreign employees now and do so no later than Feb. 8.
Source: Deloitte LLP. Deloitte LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC303675 and its registered office at 1 New Street Square, London EC4A 3HQ, United Kingdom.
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