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  • Puerto Rico Enacts Five-Day Paid Emergency Leave for Pandemic Illness

    Puerto Rico’s Law 37-2020 provides certain employees up to five days of paid leave once they exhaust other paid leave. Law 37-2020 amends Puerto Rico Law 180-1998, which establishes paid sick and vacation leave benefits for some private sector employees, excluding employees classified as executives, administrators, and professionals, among others. The new law is effective... Continue Reading
    April 15, 2020
  • Puerto Rico Senate Considers Unpaid Emergency Leave for Pandemic Illness

    Following the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the World Health Organization’s declaration of a pandemic, on March 12, 2020, the Puerto Rico House of Representatives approved House Bill 2428 to establish a new unpaid emergency leave of 20 days for employees with a suspected or actual diagnosis of a pandemic illness. HB 2428 seeks... Continue Reading
    March 13, 2020
  • Puerto Rico Enacts Equal Pay Law, Prohibits Employers from Inquiring about Past Salary History

    Almost two months after signing sweeping employment law reform, Governor Ricardo Rosselló has signed Puerto Rico Act No. 16 of March 8, 2017, known as the “Puerto Rico Equal Pay Act.” Act 16 is effective immediately. Although modeled after the federal Equal Pay Act, Act 16 goes further, limiting instances in which employers can inquire … Continue Reading
    March 13, 2017