Puerto Rico Governor Signs Law To Prohibit And Prevent Workplace Harassment Or Bullying

On August 7, 2020, Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vázquez-Garced signed into law House Bill 306, known as the “Act to Prohibit and Prevent Workplace Harassment in Puerto Rico” (hereinafter “Act 90-2020 or “the Act”). House Bill 306, which faced staunch opposition from the private sector, was originally introduced in January of 2017, but had been … Continued

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Eeoc Issues Updated Covid-19 Guidance Addressing Covid-19 Testing

Newly released guidance from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) addressed questions related to COVID-19 and the Americans Disabilities Act (ADA), the Rehabilitation Act and other equal employment opportunity laws, which include the requirement for reasonable accommodation and non-discrimination based on disability, and rules about employer medical examinations and inquiries. In general terms, the … Continued

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Governor Vazquez Signs H.b. 2428 Into Law In Response To Covid-19 Pandemic

On April 9, 2020, Governor Wanda Vazquez Garced signed the H.B. 2428 into law as part of the Government’s response to the coronavirus (“COVID-19”) emergency. Law No. 37-2020 amends the Puerto Rico Minimum Salary, Vacations and Sick Leave Act (Law No. 180-1998) to provide a special emergency paid leave to eligible employees whenever a state … Continued

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Dol Issues Additional Guidance Making It Clear That Covered Employers Subject To Oe-2020-023 And Forced To Close Their Business, Don’t Have To Provide Paid Sick Leave To Employees

Yesterday, March 26th, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued additional guidance by way Questions & Answers and stating the DOL’s position with regards to an employer’s obligation to comply with the paid leave requirements set forth in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (hereinafter, the “FFCRA”), specifically paid medical leave under the Emergency Family and … Continued

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Department Of Labor’s Guidelines On The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”)

As explained in our prior Newsletter, on March 18th President Donald J. Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (hereinafter, the “FFCRA”) that applies to private employers with less than 500 employees. On March 25th, the Department of Labor published the poster or notice that must be displayed by employers at their premises, as … Continued

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President Trump Signs The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“ffcra”) Into Law

President Trump signed Bill H.R. 6201 into law on March 18th, 2020 as part of the federal government’s response to the coronavirus (“COVID-19”) emergency. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (hereinafter, the “FFCRA”) will take effect no later than fifteen (15) days after its enactment and will remain in effect through December 31, 2020. As … Continued

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The Governor Of Puerto Rico Signs Law To Protect Employees’ Credit Information

On October 8, 2019, the Governor of Puerto Rico signed Act No. 150-2019, known as the “Act to Protect Employee’s Credit Information” (“the Act”). In general terms, the Act states that an employer or potential employer cannot: terminate, deny benefits, affect an employee’s compensation, refuse to hire, promote or discriminate against an employee or job … Continued

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Enactment Of Special Unpaid Leave For Victims Of Domestic Or Gender-Based Violence, Sexual Harrasment, Sexual Assault, Child Abuse And Stalking

On August 1, 2019, several days after having announced his resignation as Governor of Puerto Rico but one day prior to its effectiveness, outgoing Governor Ricardo Rosselló Nevares signed Act No. 83-2019 (“Act 83” or “the Act”), which creates a special leave for employees dealing with domestic or gender-based violence, child abuse, sexual harassment in … Continued

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Department Of Labor And Human Resources Issues Comprehensive Guidelines On Puerto Rico Employment Legislation

Earlier this month (May 8, 2019), the Secretary of the Puerto Rico Department of Labor and Human Resources (“PR-DOL”) issued the first comprehensive “Guidelines for the Interpretation of Puerto Rico’s Employment Legislation” (hereinafter, the “Guidelines”) in an effort to compile in a single publication the PR-DOL’s longstanding interpretations of Puerto Rico’s employment statutes and regulations … Continued

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