Puerto Rico Payday Frequency Laws 2019
How Frequently Must Puerto Rico Employers Pay Employees?
Like Puerto Rico, the majority of states have labor law regulations that require employers to pay employees on regularly scheduled paydays with a certain minimum frequency.
Puerto Rico employers are required to pay most hourly employees via a regular payday at least weekly, biweekly, semimonthly or monthly.
Mutually agreed upon pay advances can be lawfully deducted from the next paycheck by the employer.
Employees have the right to choose their preferred payment method. The primary methods of payment of salaries in Puerto Rico include:
- Direct Deposit
- Electronic Transfer of Funds
- Payment to a Payroll card
Employers who do not pay their employees within 10 days of the official pay day commit a criminal offense that could result in prison time or other penalties.
Exemptions from Payday Laws
Under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), payday laws (and many other labor laws) were designed especially to protect hourly employees, rather than highly-compensated salaried employees. Therefore, payday laws often exempt or have looser requirements for employees considered to be "executives, professionals, or administrative employees". Outside salespeople, who are often paid on commission, are also often exempt from payday laws.
Other Payday Laws
In addition to regulating payday frequency, Puerto Rico has other labor laws regulating things such as payroll wage garnishment, payment methods (suh as check and direct deposit), vacation pay, and final payroll following termination.