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Puerto Rico Overtime Pay Law

Filed under Managing the Workplace. Fact checked on May 25, 2012.

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Employers in Puerto Rico must conform with these state rules regarding overtime pay for employees.

In Puerto Rico, hours in excess of eight hours during any period of 24 consecutive hours or in excess of 40 hours per week are considered extra hours of work.

Double time must be paid for hours worked in excess of 40 weekly, except when by decree of the Board of Minimum Wages or by individual or collective agreement other standards have been provided.

Double time also is required for work in excess of eight daily, except that time and one-half is the standard for employers covered by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. Again, the Board or a collective agreement may provide for different standards.

Exemptions From General Overtime Provision

Employees are exempt from overtime requirements if they are:

  • domestics
  • federal, commonwealth, or municipal employees
  • managers, professionals, or executives as defined by the Minimum Wage Board

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