Pedro Pierluisi, Puerto Rico´s Governor, signed House Bill 1745 this Wednesday.
It´s the “Law to Facilitate the Implementation of Remote Work in the Private Sector and Incentivize the Establishment of Air Operations Bases.”
The legislation addresses the rise in remote employment opportunities following the pandemic. It aims to attract quality jobs from companies that offer remote positions but don´t have business on the island.
“This bill is in line with our public policy of making Puerto Rico an attractive place to live and work,” stated the governor.
“Companies that do not have a presence on the island will be able to hire professional employees residing in Puerto Rico to work remotely.”
Professionals will be able to stay or relocate to Puerto Rico with the same opportunities they have in another jurisdiction.
Pierluisi emphasized that the bill is “legislation to position Puerto Rico as an attractive destination for investment and job creation.”
They worked on this project from the Labor and Human Resources Department with the House of Representatives leadership, in coordination with the Governor’s Office.
The framework of labor law was adapted to facilitate remote work from Puerto Rico. This benefits employers that don´t have economic ties in that jurisdiction.
The Labor secretary added that the law also encourages the establishment of airline operations bases.
They are “aligning state labor law with operational realities” and negotiated agreements under federal laws governing employee and flight crew employment terms.
“By facilitating the establishment of these types of operations, we promote the creation of hundreds of well-paying jobs”, Maldonado assured.
The main goal is to further stimulate tourism and the overall economy.