Regulation regarding internships at the work place
Resolution 3546 of 2018 regulates the activities performed by interns at the work place, in accordance with Law 1780 of 2016. This is what you must bear in mind:
This Resolution is applicable in the public and the private sectors, in which all natural or legal persons dedicated to activities whit or without profits are also included. The Resolution does not regulate apprenticeship contracts or legal practices.
The Resolution defines a labor internship and the parameters under which it must be understood, including type of activity, subject that develops the activity, scope and duration. These activities could be for free or an economic allowance of a non- salary nature could be agreed with the intern, in order to contribute with the development of said activity. However if an allowance is agreed, it cannot be lower than the equivalent to the SMLMV.
In addition, you must bear in mind that the Educational Institution must also participate in the development of these practices, and is the one that must determinate the time schedule for the said internship.
On the other hand, if the student is between 15 and 17 years old, a previous authorization from the Ministry of Labor must be obtained.
The Resolution establishes the amount of hours per day and week of practice that could have the student, depending of its age range, however interns should not be under 14 years old. The Resolution also foresees the schedules for pregnant students.
As a scenario where the practice is performed, it must be considered that a tutor must be assigned, who will have the obligation to watch over the development of the activities made by the student, review the practice plan and report if there is a violation of the intern’s rights.
In case of non-compliance with the obligations contained in the Resolution, the Company can be creditor of sanctions of a general nature that can be imposed by the Ministry of Labor.
Finally, please consider that this Resolution will start to rule as from January 1st, 2019.