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Puerto Rico’s Law to Increase Benefits for Private Sector Workers

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The governor of Puerto Rico on Monday signed legislation that will give more rights to private sector workers in the U.S. territory as he challenged a federal board of control that said the move would be considered a violation of federal law.

“This new law makes entering the labor market more attractive and safer at a time when the vast majority of companies are looking for employees, and when we need…

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The governor of Puerto Rico on Monday signed legislation that will give more rights to private sector workers in the U.S. territory as he challenged a federal board of control that said the move would be considered a violation of federal law.

“This new law makes entering the labor market more attractive and safer at a time when the vast majority of companies are looking for employees and when we need more workers to advance the reconstruction of Puerto Rico,” said said Governor Pedro Pierluisi, referring to the island’s struggle to recover from Hurricane Maria and recent earthquakes.

The measure increases benefits and vacations for private sector workers, including those who only work part-time, and restores protections against unfair dismissal.

Holidays for full-time employees will increase to 1.25 days per month, while part-time workers will for the first time benefit from half a day per month of vacation and one sick day.

In addition, the working hours accumulated to be entitled to a traditional Christmas bonus are reduced from 1,350 hours to 700 hours for large employers and 900 hours for small and medium-sized businesses.

The trial period for new employees is reduced to three months and overtime beyond 10 hours must be paid double time in flextime agreements or time and a half if there is no flexible hours agreement.

In signing the legislation, Pierluisi defied the Federal Board of Control overseeing Puerto Rico’s finances which had warned it would hurt the island’s economy as it tries to emerge from the biggest municipal bankruptcy in the country. United States history.

On June 13, the board released a letter threatening that it had the power to prevent the governor from signing the bill and that if approved, it would be considered a violation of federal law.

“I completely reject the council’s customary encroachment on the constitutional duty of our elected officials to establish and determine public policy in Puerto Rico,” the governor wrote in a letter he sent Monday to the council’s chairman.

Pierluisi argued that the legislation will increase labor market participation and improve Puerto Rico’s economy. The council warned it would worsen the 38% voter turnout on the island of 3.2million and rob it of revenue growth.

“I strongly disagree,” the governor wrote. “The council has no data to support its assertion.”

A spokeswoman for the council said it would review the legislation to ensure it is in line with the island’s latest budget plan, which serves as an economic model.

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