Department Of Labor And Human Resources Clarifies Application Of New Minimum Hours Threshold To Accrued Vacation And Sick Leave Per The Labor Transformation And Flexibility Act of 2017, Act No. 4-2017

On January 26, 2017, the Governor of Puerto Rico approved Act No. 4-2017, known as the Labor Transformation and Flexibility Act (“the Act”). Key aspects and provisions of the Act were outlined in our Client Newsletter dated January 26, 2017. As an attempt to strike a balance in keeping with the legislative intent, while protecting … Continued

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Puerto Rico’s Sick Leave Law Faces Major Changes With The Enactment Of Act No. 28-2018 & Act No. 60-2018

On January 27, 2018, Governor Ricardo Rosselló Nevares signed into law Act No. 60-2018, to amend Article 6 of Act No. 180-1998, better known as the “Puerto Rico Minimum Wage, Vacation, and Sick Leave Act.” This recent amendment to Act 180 seeks to prohibit employers in the private-sector from considering employees’ justified sick leave absences … Continued

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Secretary Of The Puerto Rico Department Of Labor Issues Opinion Letter No. 2017-001 Regarding Payment Of Wages To Employees (Exempt And Non-exempt) In The Private Sector In The Days / Weeks Following A Hurricane [Maria]

Puerto Rico is still trying to recover from the brutal passage of Hurricane Maria one (1) month ago. As a result of the devastation and lack of power and running water, private employers have temporarily ceased operations and others have by now resumed operations albeit on limited schedules and/or with a partial staff. In any … Continued

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Puerto Rico and Cofina filed for bankruptcy

On May 3, 2017, the FINANCIAL OVERSIGHT AND MANAGEMENT BOARD FOR PUERTO RICO (the “Oversight Board”) filed a petition requesting the protection of Title III of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act (“PROMESA”) for the GOVERNMENT OF PUERTO RICO (the “Petition”). More so, on May 5, 2017, the Oversight Board filed a … Continued

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P.R. Department of Labor Releases Regulations on Employer’s Duty to Provide Religious Accommodations

The Puerto Rico Department of Labor and Human Resources (“Labor Department”) released regulations pertaining to an employer’s obligations and duties upon being notified by an employee or candidate for employment of a request to reasonably accommodate religious practices under the Workplace Flexibility Transformation Act, Act No. 4 of January 26, 2017 (“WFTA”)1. Relevant to these … Continued

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Highlights Of The Government Of Puerto Rico Proposed Fiscal Plan Presented To The Financial Oversight And Management Board Or Puerto Rico

On February 28, 2017, the Government of Puerto Rico presented to the Financial Oversight and Management Board or Puerto Rico (“Oversight Board”) a proposed Fiscal Plan for Puerto Rico (the “Proposed Plan”). The Proposed Plan indicates that it seeks to achieve fiscal solvency and long term economic growth. To achieve its objectives, the Proposed Plan … Continued

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Puerto Rico’s Labor & Employment Legislation Landscape Faces Major Overhaul with Approval and Enactment of Workplace Flexibility Transformation ACT (“WFTA”)

CLIENTS & FRIENDS TAX ALERT RETAIL & SERVICES MERCHANTS January 26, 2017 Earlier today, Governor Ricardo Rosselló Nevares signed into law Bill 453, known as the Workplace Flexibility Transformation Act (“WFTA”). WFTA, which was approved by the Puerto Legislature on January 23rd, is the first key labor legislation of the incoming Administration and represents a major … Continued

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Preliminary Highlights of the Tax Changes by Act 72-2015

CLIENTS & FRIENDS TAX ALERT June 16, 2015 I. Income Tax Provisions Articles 2 & 14 – Big Taxpayers A new definition of big taxpayers has been added to the Code to include: commercial banks or trust companies; private banks; brokerage houses; insurance companies; telecommunication entities; and entities with a volume of business of $50 … Continued

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U.S. Supreme Court rules against retailer Abercrombie & Fitch in widely publicized headscarf case and allows EEOC’s employment discrimination suit to go forward

LABOR & EMPLOYMENT CLIENT ALERT June 3, 2015 On Monday, June 1st, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that under the disparate-treatment (intentional discrimination) provision of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, an applicant (plaintiff) need only show that his or her need for religious accommodation was a motivating factor in the … Continued

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