Employee Benefits in Colombia, 2021 Update - Key Regulations, Statutory Public and Private Benefits, and Industry Analysis

Employee Benefits in Colombia, 2021 Update - Key Regulations, Statutory Public and Private Benefits, and Industry Analysis

Summary

Colombia has a basic social security system with low coverage and participation. The country’s social insurance system was initially introduced for public sector employee groups only. Private sector employees secured coverage in 1946. Pension benefits were introduced with the creation of the Social Security Institute (ISS) in 1967. However, the ISS faced problems immediately due to low coverage and participation rates. To overcome this problem, the government created a new social security system through Law 100 of 1993. The law introduced a dual public-private competitive pension system - Régimen de Prima Media or average premium scheme (RPM), and the Régimen de Ahorro individual con Solidaridad, or individual savings system with solidarity (RAIS). In 2012, the administration of RPM was transferred from ISS to Colpensiones, a state-owned financial institution supervised by the Ministry of Labor, due to problems with debt and inefficiency. Private sector employees can choose between RPM and RAIS and have the option to change their membership once every five years. For self-employed and unemployed individuals there is a voluntary regime. Armed forces, police, and teachers have their separate systems.

The report provides in-depth industry analysis, information, and insights of the employee benefits in Colombia, including an overview of the state and compulsory benefits in Colombia, detailed information about the private benefits in Colombia, insights on various central institutions responsible for the administration of the different branches of social security and the regulatory framework of the employee benefits in Colombia.

Key Highlights

  • The general protection system in Colombia consists of a system of social security and welfare
  • The Colombian social security system offers contributory and non-contributory benefits to vulnerable people in society
  • Old-age, survivor’s and disability pensions, unemployment benefits, workmen’s compensation, family benefits, and medical benefits are all compulsory schemes in Colombia
  • Employers provide two voluntary pension schemes through Beneficios Económicos Periódicos (BEPS) and voluntary private pension schemes to their employees
  • Voluntary private pension schemes are managed by trust companies, insurance companies, and Administradoras de Fondos de Pensiones (AFP). AFP’s share of the voluntary pension market is over 80%
Scope

This report provides a detailed analysis of employee benefits in Colombia -
  • It offers a detailed analysis of the key government-sponsored employee benefits, along with private benefits
  • It covers an exhaustive list of employee benefits, including retirement benefits, death in service, long-term disability benefits, medical benefits, workmen's compensation insurance, maternity and paternity benefits, family benefits, unemployment, long-term care benefits, leave and private benefits
  • It highlights the economic and regulatory situations relating to employee benefits in Colombia
Reasons to Buy
  • Make strategic decisions using in-depth information related to employee benefits in Colombia
  • Assess Colombia's employee benefits market, including state and compulsory benefits and private benefits
  • Gain insights into the key employee benefit schemes offered by private employers in Colombia
  • Gain insights into key organizations governing Colombia's employee benefits, and their impact on companies


1. Executive Summary
2. Introduction
2.1 What is this Report about?
2.2 Definitions
3. Country Statistics
4. Overview of Employee Benefits in Colombia
5. Regulations
6. State and Compulsory Benefits
6.1 Retirement Benefits
Introduction
Eligibility
Benefits
Payment options
Contribution
6.2 Death in Service
Introduction
Eligibility
Benefits
Payment options
Contribution
6.3 Long-Term Disability Benefits
Introduction
Eligibility
Benefits
Payment options
Contribution
6.4 Short-Term Sickness Benefits
Introduction
Eligibility
Benefits
Payment options
Contribution
6.5 Medical Benefits
Introduction
Eligibility
Benefits
Payment Options
Contribution
6.6 Workers’ Compensation insurance
Introduction
Eligibility
Benefits
Payment options
Contribution
6.7 Maternity and Paternity Benefits
Introduction
Eligibility
Benefits
Payment options
Contribution
6.8 Other Benefits
Family Benefits
Unemployment Benefits
Leaves and Holidays
7. Private Benefits
7.1 Retirement Benefits
7.2 Death Benefits
7.3 Medical Benefits
7.4 Disability Benefits
7.5 Accidental and Dismemberment Benefits
7.6 Other Benefits
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List of Tables
Table 1: Insurance Industry Definitions
Table 2: Colombia - Country Statistics
Table 3: Colombia - Fixed National and Public Holidays, 2021
Table 4: Colombia - Dismemberment Benefits

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