Legal Update Volume 2017, Number 1

Changes In Puerto Rico’s Labor Laws

In an effort to stimulate the economy of the Island, newly elected Governor Ricardo Roselló Nevárez has promoted a change in certain of Puerto Rico’s Labor Laws. The Labor Transformation and Flexibility Act, which has to date, been approved by The Senate and House of Representatives becomes now a reality with which all industries doing business in Puerto Rico have to comply with.

If you wish to examine how the Labor Transformation and Flexibility Act, impacts your business and/or how to take benefit of the newly approved changes to Puerto Rico’s labor laws, please contact our office at your earliest convenience.


Attorney Fred Gautier Lugo obtained a judgment in favor of the Municipality of Carolina in the case of Sylvia Santa Rivera v. Municipio de Carolina; Civil Case Number FDP 2011-0130 (406). Through the judgment, the Court dismisses the complaint against the Municipality for Plaintiff’s failure to prove a case of slip and fall under Article 1802 of the Puerto Rico Civil Code.

Employees expenses concerning millage and per diem constitutes an economic benefit and can be recovered by an employee under Art. 11(a)of the The Minimum Wage, Vacation, and Sick Leave Act of Puerto Rico (Minimum Wage Act.

Through the case of José Julio Cardona Caraballo v. Autoridad de Carreteras y Transportación, 2016 TSPR 242 196 DPR ____, the Puerto Rico Supreme Court in a decision issued by Honorable Judge Estrella established that employee’s expenses concerning milage and per diem constitute an economic benefit that all employees can recover under Art. 11(a) of Law Number 180 of July 27, 1998.

For additional information please contact attorney Carmen Lucía Rodríguez Vélez ( and/or Gerardo Hernández (

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