Bolivia proposes ‘punctuality bonus'
February 19, 2010 - AP

President pushes bill that would order employers to reward workers who go a whole month without being late

La Paz, Bolivia, (AP) -- The Bolivian government is pushing a bill that would encourage its chronically tardy citizens to show up to work on time.

President Evo Morales' proposal would order public and private employers to pay a "punctuality bonus” to workers who go a whole month without arriving even a minute late.

The reform would also amend the Labour Code to shield new mothers and fathers from being fired or laid off until their children turn 1 year old.

The text of the measure was posted Friday on the Labour Ministry's website.

It will be sent in May to the congress, which is controlled by Mr. Morales' allies.