November 18th, 2012 (InsideCostaRica.com) A proposed change in law will allow the Costa Rican Social Security System (CCSS, or “Caja”) to shut down businesses that are in debt with the institution and do not show the intention to pay their debt.
The institution can currently shut down businesses for up to 5 days that have debts with CCSS. With the new text, which will be presented in the Legislative Assembly for debate, CCSS would be able to shut down a business for up to 15 days, and following a second notification, the business could be closed for an addition 15 days.
Gustavo Picado, Financial Manager in the Costa Rican Social Security System, states that he will continue to strengthen the institution’s collection ability.
The CCSS reported that in the past 10 years, only 286 employers have consistently paid their obligations on time, in contrast with the 23,000 judicial collection cases that the institution has pursued just in 2012.