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    I have a guy who keeps my property (1 acre with no buildings on Little Corn Island) cleared, plants trees and grass and puts in fences etc. I pay him 2,000 Cordobas per month. He does a good job and I also pay him at least a months bonus every time I go to the island. I also pay him for other work from time to time. For example, his next project will be digging a well which will be additional pay.

    It is part time work and he is free to do other things.

    He now says that I must also pay him a months salary every six months for vacation and a months salary at year end for a bonus.

    What is required by law? Or what is customary? What would be customary wages for this kind of work?
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    Our employees have recieved 1 month additional pay per year, the same as Government and private employees 13 paid months a year, I have met several employees of larger companies that recieve 1 month paid vacation as well, so they work 11 months a year and get paid for 13.

    ...also don't forget national holidays are paid.

    Every 6 months and an additional once a year seems ridiculous, especially at the rate you are paying him and the additionals that you give him. Of course typical pay on Little Corn Island, I suppose is a bit more than mainland, due to everything costing a bit more for shipping it in to the island?

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    I think you would be better off to have him contract the work from you instead of you being an absentee employer, this can get to be a pain.

    You and he should visit MITRAB together and work it out so there are NO surprizes on any issue.

    Having a good heart and going above and beyond I have found can turn around and bite you...

    Buisness is buisness, make a contract and stick to your end of it, any extras are your choice and gifts that you deem proper....
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    is there a MITRAB on Little Corn Island? or even on either of the Islands?

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    I would imagine there is one on Big Corn Island
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    Default OK...

    What is MITRAB?
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    Don't know about the right coast but on the left side the laws are favored heavily toward the employee especially now with dennis the menace in charge and the fact that you look like a white man. If he is talking to someone that has given him advice maybe that person is telling him to squeeze you for more money.

    The laws are complicated and apply more to an outsider than any Nicaraguan who hires anybody. If you go to court you will lose. So if he works for you for a number of years and then decides to take you to court it could cost you a bit of money. Even if you are paying him more than the average it does not matter. Last thing you need is a huge money judgement against you.

    Best thing to do is get rid of him and get someone else or get involved with someone who runs a business already-a local Nicaraguan that you can trust a little and have them hire and pay the person who watches your property. Give the local Nicaraguan business man a few bucks a month and some gifts from the states when you go.

    This way you are once removed from the potential hazard.

    Stay out of the employement business if you just need one or 2 people. If you are running a business or commercial enterprise then this is a different story.

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    how hard is it to truly ghet rid of someone on Little Corn Island!

    Everyone on that Island is probably related, I visited Big Corn Island and everyone seemed to know everyone else (better then any other small community in Nicaragua), I am sure Little Corn is even tighter.

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    Default the low down

    Hey Tom.

    The law requires you to pay:

    1 month vacation every year,after the 1 year mark,1 month vacation per Every Year worked,after the first Year NOT every six months, with a maximum of 3 months,this is known as severance or Antiguedad.
    . When you fire him,you have to do the same.
    Hope that helps

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    Default ???

    Does this mean that I have to pay him:

    1. After 12 months, he gets one month extra pay.
    2. After 24 months he gets 2 months extra pay.
    3. After 36 months, he gets 3 months extra pay.
    4. After 48 months he gets 3 months extra pay.

    Then if I fire him, he gets 3 months extra pay also?
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    Default Re: ???

    Nop.

    When you fire him,his salary is pro rated,based upon the date you fire him.the best thing to do is fire him right after paying him his vacation/severance towards the end of the year,that way you only pay him once,this is usually the way it's done in Nica.

    but let me clariffy: Vacation pay and Aguinaldo are only 1 month each year,so you only have to pay him 2 months every year, when You fire him or he quits,is when you get hit with the 2-3 months worth of severance plus pro-rated accumulatted vacation pay.


    Quote Originally Posted by Little Corn Tom
    Does this mean that I have to pay him:

    1. After 12 months, he gets one month extra pay.
    2. After 24 months he gets 2 months extra pay.
    3. After 36 months, he gets 3 months extra pay.
    4. After 48 months he gets 3 months extra pay.

    Then if I fire him, he gets 3 months extra pay also?

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    Default ???

    So then is this correct?

    1. After 12 months, he gets one month extra pay.
    2. After 24 months he gets 2 months extra pay.
    3. After 36 months, he gets 2 months extra pay.
    4. After 48 months he gets 2 months extra pay.

    Then if I fire him after 4 years, he gets 3 months extra pay?
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    Default Re: ???Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    Damn,and not the river kind.

    As far as vacations go Tom:::::

    You need to pay him 2 months a year,1 for vacations and 1 for Aguinaldo.

    Now if you fire him: you must pay him vacations and Severance or Antiguedad,this would very based upon the Date you fire him,if you were to fire him in November,you must pay him as follow:

    roughly about 27 days worth of vacations,and if he has been with you 4 years,he would get 3 months worth of severance,so he would get a little under 4 months worth of pay ALL TOGETHER,upon you firing him.


    Quote Originally Posted by Little Corn Tom
    So then is this correct?

    1. After 12 months, he gets one month extra pay.
    2. After 24 months he gets 2 months extra pay.
    3. After 36 months, he gets 2 months extra pay.
    4. After 48 months he gets 2 months extra pay.

    Then if I fire him after 4 years, he gets 3 months extra pay?

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    Default Got it...

    Thanks Felix.
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    Anytime pal :-)


    Quote Originally Posted by Little Corn Tom
    Thanks Felix.

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