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Article 186 of the Substantive Labor Code establishes that employees, who rendered continuous services for one year, are entitled to fifteen (15) consecutive working days of paid vacation, each year.  

The employer can grant vacations in advance to the employees, even if they have not worked a full year with the employer.

Also, the employer can grant collective vacations to all his employees given the following conditions 

  • Vacations must be paid with the salary yielded by the employee at the time of the granting.
  • The employee cannot ask for a new vacation period before rendering continuous services for one year.

In case that the employer needs to counterbalance the decrease in productivity of the company, this alternative becomes a useful mechanism in the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemics.