Paid Time Off (PTO)
The annual leave entitlement in Puerto Rico is dependent on the seniority of the employee as follows:
- If an employee has been employed for one year, they will be entitled to six days of annual leave.
- Between one and five years, they will be entitled to nine days of annual leave.
- Between five and 15 years, they will be entitled to 12 days of annual leave.
- More than 15 years, the employee receives the maximum entitlement of 15 days annual leave.
Puerto Rico celebrates 19 holidays; all American national holidays as well as its own holidays.
Following 12 months of consecutive service at a company an employee is entitled to six days of paid leave for severe diseases.
Employees receive 12 days of paid sick leave which is accrued at the rate of one day per month following the commencement of at least 130 hours in that month.
An employee in Puerto Rico is entitled to a maternity leave of eight weeks, four weeks of which is generally taken before the birth and four weeks after. An employee can start maternity leave as late as one week before their predicted due date and can return just two weeks after the child’s birth, providing the employee can present a medical certificate.
Maternity leave can be extended to 20 weeks following a pregnancy-related complication; however, the additional 12 weeks will be unpaid.
Adoptive mothers are entitled to the same maternity benefits as those of a mother who gives birth, providing the adoptive child is below the age of 6.
Private sector employees can choose to take six months of job-protected unpaid leave.