Puerto Rico Employment Law Reform

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January 31, 2017
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM EST
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With the new year just beginning, and under and new government administration, Puerto Rico will see the most significant changes to its employment laws in almost 20 years.  In an unprecedented move, on January 14, 2017, the Puerto Rico House of Representatives approved House Bill 453 (HB 453), known as the Labor Transformation and Flexibility Act, which significantly changes the employment law landscape of the island.  The Senate and House approved an amended version of HB 453 and was quickly signed into law by Governor Ricardo Rosselló on January 26th.  Among the notable changes employers need to be aware of are:

  • New definition of employment contract;
  • New vacation and sick leave accrual;
  • Regulations on the assignment of expatriates to Puerto Rico;
  • Changes in statute of limitations;
  • New religious accommodation requirements;
  • New way of calculating daily overtime, meal penalties, and seventh day of work pay;
  • Flexible work schedules;
  • Changes to the Christmas bonus;
  • Elimination of Closing Law for retail employers;
  • New severance formula for terminations without just cause;
  • Changes to the employment probationary period, among others.

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