Legal Update Volume 2016, Number 1

On December 31, 2015, Governor, Alejandro García Padilla, signed into law Law 251 of 2015 which amends the existing vacation and sick leave Act (Law 180 of 1998) in order to allow non-exempt employees working for employers with more than 15 employees and who have at least 5 days of sick time accrued, to use up to 5 days of sick leave per year to take care of an ill spouse, son or daughter (regardless of age), parents or any minor, elderly person (of 60 years of age and older) or disabled individual under their custody or tutelage. Just as it has been the custom with the use of regular sick leave, the employee using the leave for said purpose must only present a medical certificate when the absence is in excess of 2 days.


The bill, which was originally presented on January of 2013, and had been stalled for some time due to hefty opposition, is the latest of several constituent friendly legislation that may find its way to the Governor’s desk this election year.


We are available to assist you in your compliance efforts as it pertains to this new legislation.  For more information, feel free to contact Carmen Lucía Rodríguez or Gerardo J. Hernández at or

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