Private employers have until Tuesday to seek Christmas bonus exemption
By The Star Staff
Puerto Rico’s private employers have until Tuesday, Nov. 30 to ask the island Labor and Human Resources Department for an exemption from the payment of Christmas bonuses to their workers, Labor and Human Resources (DTRH) Secretary Carlos J. Rivera Santiago announced Wednesday.
To date, the DTRH has received 30 requests for exemption from payment of the Christmas bonus, of which 21 were accepted, six were partially granted by allowing the employer to make 15% of the required payment, one was denied and two are in the evaluation process.
Act 148 of June 30, 1969, known as the “Private Company Bonus Law,” establishes that the payment of the Christmas bonus to employees is made between Nov. 15 and Dec. 15 of the current year.
Every employer is obliged to comply with the payment, except for the exceptions covered by law.
“It is important that employers who are prevented from paying the Christmas bonus for this year 2021, be it due to economic losses, insufficient earnings, among other unexpected events in the context of the pandemic, comply with the law and submit an application to the DTRH for an exemption so that it can be evaluated and considered on its merits in the established time,” Rivera Santiago said.
The Labor secretary recalled that the business or employer that wishes to request a Christmas payment exemption must accompany the request with the revised audited statements detailing profit and loss, signed and, in addition, sealed in original by an authorized public accountant.
For more information, employers, and also employees, can access www.trabajo.pr.gov/, under Worker - Labor Standards Negotiated - or contact 787-754-5353, extensions 2450 or 2451 or the DTRH offices in the regions of Arecibo, Mayagüez, Ponce, Caguas and Humacao.