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Laws and Customs From El Salvador
Transcript of Laws and Customs From El Salvador
Death Penalty for Drunk Drivers in El Salvador
In the US the unfortunate drivers end up with a ticket or a suspended driving license. However, if you ever travel to San Salvador (the capital of El Salvador) you should not even think about it. The drivers caught drunk in the city are not fined or arrested, but sentenced to death by shooting.
If I were to live in El Salvador much of my life wouldn't be that different much of the culture from over their is brought to us here many customs I still follow here. For example I had my quincenera . Also when I greet my aunts or uncles I have to bow my head if not it is seen as impolite . The only thing that could change my life is that I could be working at my age.
Read more: http://www.nationsencyclopedia.com/economies/Americas/El-Salvador-WORKING-CONDITIONS.html#ixzz3ZT6IN3zp
By: Katherin Hernandez
Abortion Is Illegal
Women and girls who have been found gulity of abortion face a prison sentence of two to eight years.
El Salvador banned abortion in all circumstances in 1998.
Abortion in the United States is legal, However, individual states can regulate/limit the use of abortion or create "trigger laws", which would make abortion illegal within the first and second trimester
Laws of working conditions
Workers are on the job 6 days a week, for 8 hours a day. They get paid, however, for 7 days (56 hours) of work each week. Minors between age 14 and 18 are required to work no more than 6 hours a day. Employers are required to provide 1 month's wage per year as a bonus to workers, who are also supposed to be given 2 weeks of paid vacation a year.
In the US employers to pay covered employees who are not otherwise exempt at least the federal minimum wage and overtime pay of one-and-one-half-times the regular rate of pay. For nonagricultural operations, it restricts the hours that children under age 16 can work and forbids the employment of children under age 18 in certain jobs deemed too dangerous. For agricultural operations, it prohibits the employment of children under age 16 during school hours and in certain jobs deemed too dangerous.
El Salvador certainly isn't the best place for a married woman to have a fling. Any "married woman who lies with the male who is not her husband" can get a six-year prison term and a $30 fine. The amount of the fine is awarded to the woman's husband as his indemnity!
In the United States, laws punishing adultery vary from state to state. Although adultery is rarely prosecuted, laws against it remain on the statute books in 23 states. Penalties vary from life (yes, life in prison!) in Michigan to a $10 fine in Maryland to a Class 1 felony in Wisconsin. In 2007, Michigan's second-highest court ruled that anyone involved in an extramarital fling can be prosecuted for first-degree criminal sexual conduct, a felony punishable by up to life in prison
In El Salvador In 2001 there were a total of 222,254 minors working in El Salvador.The Labor Code establishes the minimum age for employment at 14. However it allows minors over age 12 to perform light duties that do not put their health at risk.The Family Code establishes that minors at least 14 years old can work with prior authorization from the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare, on the condition that they perform only light work.
in the US the most sweeping federal law that restricts the employment and abuse of child workers is the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Child labor provisions under FLSA are designed to protect the educational opportunities of youth and prohibit their employment in jobs that are detrimental to their health and safety.
Customs towards Business
Just like the United States:
Salvadorians are relatively formal in their business dealings.
Shake hands when meeting someone and also when leaving.
Handshakes are generally not very firm.
A man extends his hand to a woman.
Maintain eye contact when greeting people
When Speaking to others
Normally in the US people refer to others as you no matter the age but that's not the case for Salvadoreans. Knowing the official language is Spanish when talking to people your age or friends you can call them "vos" or "tu" but when talking to elders it is polite to refer to them as "usted".
Girls' coming of age celebration
In El Salvador as well as many other latin american countries when a girl has turned 15 she will have a huge Celebration called a "quinceñera" . The is to celebrate a girl becoming a women and usually involves dances choreographed and performed by the quinceñera and a set of damas and chambelans .This is similar to a girls Sweet 16 in Th US
Christmas for Salvadorans still carries a strong meaning that brings families together. Despite the business on the streets and the red, green and white flooding the environment, Salvadoran people try honor the true meaning of Christmas — the birth of Jesus.
Unlike the US Santa Claus is known for appearing in TV and print ads, but people ask children if they already wrote a letter to little baby Jesus instead.
Greeting Aunts and Uncles
For many Salvadorians when gring an aunt or uncle nieces or nephews must bow their heads and the aunt or uncle will put their hand on there head and say "que Dios te bendiga" Meaning may god bless you . The purpose of this is to bless their nieces or nephews will god health and mentally