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BDS Asesores


Public Labor Law Practice (Costa Rica)


BDS Asesores offers a permanent legal counseling service addressed to both, the legal, as well as, human resources departments of public institutions and other agencies that require counseling on this subject. Likewise, we provide counseling for Boards of Directors on subjects in which they might require outside counseling.

Our counseling includes drafting, reviewing and updating of autonomous regulations or other institutional interests, as well as internal regulations. On this subject, we have counseled several institutions, such as: Banco de Costa Rica, Banco Nacional de Costa Rica, BN Valores Puesto de Bolsa S.A., Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad and Junta Administrativa del Servicio Eléctrico Municipal de Cartago. Internal regulation proposals have been reviewed and prepared in all these organizations, be them autonomous work regulations or specific regulations on a particular subject, in which not only the applicable labor legislation is included, but also existing internal regulations.

Our Firm provides technical advising on the draft of regulations and the review of internal auditing reports, to guarantee the public institutions that their documentation is in compliance with applicable legislation and the guidelines and opinions of the Contraloría General de la República. As a reference, we can mention our experience in institutions such as the Banco Nacional de Costa Rica, organization for which we worked on subjects related to internal control and auditing.

We offer counseling on the draft, review and updating of work contracts, personnel actions and confidentiality agreements, so that the institutions can have the appropriate documentation to avoid possible contingencies, as well as, having the necessary input to face possible readjustments. We provide this type of counseling to the Banco Crédito Agrícola de Cartago.

We provide counseling to institutions during all phases of this process, both previously, analyzing the legal viability and implications of signing this kind of instrument, as well as during the negotiation phase and, finally, the analysis after the negotiations. On this regard, we have provided counseling in collective bargaining agreement processes to institutions such as Standard Fruit Company and the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad.

Our advising on this issue allows the institutions to adequately prepare and heed to the inquiries of these agencies.

BDS Asesores provides legal counseling to institutions interested in implementing this way of rendering service, guaranteeing that said implementation is done in all its stages in accordance with applicable regulations.

The subject of administrative procurement is dynamic and variable, and it has repercussions on procurement procedures and, generally, on the everyday operation of all institutions. In view of this, BDS provides counseling to public institutions on the nature and practical workings of this subject matter.
BDS Asesores provides counseling for the implementation of the one salary model and performance evaluation plans. We also analyze the legal viability of implementing a salary bonus. Some of the institutions we have provided counseling for on this subject are:

• Banco Crédito Agrícola de Cartago.
• Banco Popular y de Desarrollo Comunal.
• BN Valores Puesto de Bolsa S.A.
• Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad.

Our Firm, in coordination with the institution, can attend to and monitor this kind of processes, which imply strict compliance of a series of deadlines and technical issues.

Having trained personnel is of momentous importance for every organization, which is why we consider that publications and reference manuals have become a specially relevant tool to achieve this end. Because of this, the Firm prepares the reference manuals and publications the institution requires.

Our Firm handles all phases of the preliminary inquiries and possible administrative disciplinary processes that might arise in public institutions.

Our Firm provides integral counseling and accompanies the institution through the whole legal analysis process that restructuring and internal or inter-institutional transfers deserve, guaranteeing that the institution will act in accordance with its legal regulatory framework and respecting the corresponding labor regulations. Likewise, we also provide counseling on the implementation of strategic business units (Spanish acronym UEN).

BDS Asesores regularly conducts updating seminars and training programs on labor related subjects of national interest; which can be either in open or “in house” formats, according to the needs and specifications of each company.