Earlier this year, Governor Vazquez signed Law No. 9-2020, also known as the Working Women’s Bill of Rights. Unlike most laws, the Working Women’s Bill of Rights was enacted for informational purposes. The law centralizes a non-exhaustive compilation of rights already recognized in other Puerto Rico labor laws. The law does not create any new rights for working women in the private and public sector.
Some of these existing rights include:
- Protections against employment discrimination based on sex;
- Protection from sexual harassment and domestic violence in the workplace;
- Paid maternity leave after childbirth and/or adoption;
- Preserving the job while on maternity leave;
- Access to a private room in the workplace to express breast milk;
- Paid breaks to express breast milk; and
- Adequate internal procedures to address sexual harassment complaints.
The Working Women’s Bill of Rights does create a new posting requirement. All employers with two or more employees must post a notice created by the Puerto Rico Department of Labor and the Office of the Ombudsman for Women. The notice must be posted in a place accessible to all employees and visitors.
Employers can comply with the posting obligation by updating the Puerto Rico All-On-One Labor Law Poster. CPC has redesigned the labor law poster to incorporate the new mandatory notice. To order your copy, click here, or call your Compliance Advisor at 1-888-629-0741.