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Puerto Rico Five-Day Paid Leave for COVID-19 Ends as Governor Ends Related State of Emergency

The governor of Puerto Rico has issued Executive Order No. OE-2023-012, ending the state of emergency declared in 2020 due to the pandemic caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and repealing multiple Executive Orders issued to adopt preventive measures because of COVID-19. OE-2023-012, signed on May 11, 2023, went into effect immediately.

Accordingly, employers are no longer required to provide to non-exempt employees who have or are suspected of having COVID-19 the five-day special paid leave due to emergencies declared by the Government of Puerto Rico, under Law No. 180-1987 as amended by Law No. 37-2020. Pursuant to Law No. 37-2020, in the event the Puerto Rico government or secretary of the Puerto Rico Department of Health declares a state of emergency in the future related to a disease or illness, the special paid leave will be available.

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