DR Free Zones Minimum Wage

On October 5th of 2013, The Labor Ministry of the Dominican Republic approved Resolution No.8-2013, of National Minimum Wage applicable to Industrial Free Trade Zone’s employees, issued by the National Wage Committee, on September 27th of 2013.

The background of Resolution No.8-2013 comes from the agreement reached by the Employee Sector Representative (FENATRAZONA, FEDOTRAZONAS y UNATRAZONAS) and the Employer Sector (ADOZONA), through which they approved an increase to the minimum monthly wage for the amount of Nine Hundred Dominican Pesos (DR$900.00, approx. 21.17 USD), equivalent to 14.24%, effective from October 1st of 2013.

The most relevant provisions of Resolution No.8-2013 include:

Fixing the minimum wage of industrial free trade zone employees in RD$$7,220.00 (approx. 169.88 USD).

  1. Review of said minimum wage a year from the entry into force of Resolution No.08-2013.
  2. Duty of permanently fixing said Resolution No.8-2013, in a visible place of the working establishment.

On the other hand, Resolution No.8-2013, of National Minimum Wage applicable to Industrial Free Trade Zone’s employees, ratifies the following aspects of former Resolution No.10-2011, namely:

(i)   Calculation of the minimum wage of a partial time employee should be made by dividing said salary between 23.83, and dividing the result thereof between 8.

(ii)Payment of trainees’ minimum wage should be made pursuant to the provisions of the Labor Code, and based in the training hours of the business where services are rendered.

(iii)  Employees with a salary higher than the minimum shall not enjoy increases thereto, unless the parties agree otherwise.

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