Legal Analysis of the Right to Childcare for Workers in Honduras (June 2017)

Honduras has the most extensive legal framework on childcare for working parents in Central America, setting out the responsibilities of both employers and the state to provide and monitor childcare services for workers.

However, employers in the maquila sector have attempted to use differences in various laws and regulations to argue that employers have no legal responsibility to provide or pay for workplace childcare.

This legal analysis, commissioned by MSN and our Honduran labour partners, examines the various pieces of legislation and regulations regarding childcare and concludes that the laws and regulations that are most beneficial to workers prevail, that employers have a legal obligation to provide and fund workplace childcare services for workers, and that the state has responsibility to ensure that these childcare facilities meet minimum standards.

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