We are very proud to announce that our Partner, Gerardo J. Hernández, was recently included in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in Puerto Rico in the area of litigation. Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review utilizing the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.
On March 28, 2018, Governor Ricardo Rosselló withdrew his latest labor reform proposal. The announcement was made in response to the Puerto Rico Financial Oversight and Management Board’s rejection of the Government’s latest financial plan. Gov. Rosselló’s latest labor reform proposal included a series of initiatives to further expand the labor reform rolled out in late January of 2017. The proposal included, among other measures, the reduction of vacation time accrual, the elimination of the Christmas’ Bonus and the severance pay for wrongful discharge, as provided under Law 80 of 1976, as amended.
As the Government’s development of a financial plan is an ongoing process, it is likely that these proposals and cost cutting measures that may impact the private employment area will continue to be revisited. We will keep you posted.
Earlier this week, Governor Ricardo Rosselló announced a series of initiatives he seeks to present to the Island’s House of Representatives and Senate, which include measures directed to further expand the labor reform rolled out in late January of 2017. In essence, the Governor’s proposal will further transform the labor landscape of the Island, as it takes upon the core principles of our current system.
The reform as proposed will have a direct impact upon the employment of private sector employees, as it calls for:
The elimination, within the next three (3) years, of Puerto Rico Act 80, which provides protection to private sector employees against unjustified termination of their employment;
A reduction of the vacation and sick leave from fifteen (15) days a year to only (7) seven days per year;
The elimination of the Christmas bonus requirement for private entities employees;
An increase in the minimum salary, which would start in in 2019 from $7.25 to $7.75;
An additional increase of 50 cents in the minimum salary is projected to take place, two years later, on 2021, raising the minimum salary up to $8.25
For more information on the proposed amendments to Puerto Rico employment laws, please contact attorneys Carmen Lucía Rodriguez and Gerardo Hernández.
We are very proud to announce that our Partner, Gerardo J. Hernández, was recently included in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in Puerto Rico in the area of litigation. Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review utilizing the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.
On September 17, 2017, Gerardo Hernández arrived in New York City to be among the participants at the Annual Meeting and Law Firm Expo of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) which will run until September 20, 2017. NAMWOLF, headquartered in Chicago, was founded in 2001, and is a nonprofit trade association comprised of minority and women-owned law firms and other interested parties throughout the United States. NAMWOLF’s Law Firm Membership is comprised of AV-rated firms across the nation which represent major corporate clients. NAMWOLF assists its Law Firm Members in developing strategic alliances, coalitions, and affiliations with corporations, in-house counsel, and other legal trade associations. Through these efforts, NAMWOLF helps ensure the long-term survival of minority and women-owned law firms.
On September 17, 2017, Navas Rodríguez & Hernández with the assistance of one of our valued clients, C Cubed, unveiled our newly remodeled website. In addition to updated Firm content, visitors will now have access to the latest Firm news, publications and a subsequent blog to be hosted by the Firm’s attorneys. The site will also offer direct links to the Firm’s Facebook page and the Linked In profile of our attorneys and the Firm.