Employers Have Until January 5, 2018 To Submit Comments On Proposed Regulation Implementing Puerto Rico's Working Hours And Days Act

Author:Ms Erika Berríos and Ana Beatriz Rivera-Beltrán
Profession:Littler Mendelson

On December 6, 2017, the Puerto Rico Secretary of the Department of Labor and Human Resources ("Secretary") published the proposed Regulation to Administer Act No. 379 of May 15, 1948, as amended, known as Puerto Rico's Working Hours and Days Act. On the same day, the Puerto Rico Department of Labor and Human Resources ("Department") published a Public Notice informing employers, employees, and the general public of its intent to adopt the Regulation and inviting any person to submit written comments on or before Friday, January 5, 2018. Comments can be mailed, submitted via email, or physically presented to the Office of the Solicitor of Labor.

The proposed Regulation is significant as it covers a number of areas directly impacting employers' daily management of their workforce. Specifically, the proposed Regulation seeks to implement the Working Hours and Days Act by, among other things, establishing what constitutes the workday in Puerto Rico. The proposed Regulation also sets the parameters for alternate workweek schedules, governs criteria related to requests for changes in the schedule, workday, or workplace, and regulates agreements to make up lost work time due to personal reasons. Additionally, the proposed Regulation provides rules regarding the legal meal period, permissible...

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