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Governor signs law establishing date for Christmas bonus


Gov. Pedro Pierluisi

By The Star Staff


Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia on Wednesday signed House Resolution 398 to establish the payment of the Christmas bonus for all public employees on Nov. 15.


“This administration has been fiscally responsible, in order to restructure our finances, promote economic development and incentivize our public employees who serve the people of Puerto Rico,” the governor said in a written statement.


The advance of the holiday bonus has no negative impact on the certified budget because the necessary funds are available, the governor said. In fact, he pointed out, it is the first time that the Christmas bonus for public employees has been contemplated in the certified budget since the Financial Oversight and Management Board was installed.


Pierluisi insisted on maintaining the payment of the Christmas bonus for the public sector.


The governor also signed Senate Bill 430, which amends the Business Development Program Law in order to establish as a requirement the continuing education of all artisan promoters in order to strengthen their skills, knowledge and performance.


The law establishes that the Industrial Development Company, through the Artisan Development Program and the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, through its Popular Arts Program, as well as the University of Puerto Rico, will ensure that they have the necessary trained personnel to comply with the provisions contained in the law.

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