On March 2, 2017, Governor Rosselló-Nevares signed Executive Order 2017-026 increasing the minimum wage to employees in the central government from $7.25 to $8.25 per hour. This increase is to be implemented at the beginning of the next fiscal year on July 1, 2017.
In addition, the Executive Order provides that government contractors in the construction industry must certify that their employees are paid in compliance with the minimum wage. That is, as of July 1, 2017, government contractors will have to certify that their employees earn no less than $8.25 per hour.
The Executive Order also states that the administration's goal is to progressively increase the minimum wage to employees in the central government until it reaches a pay rate of $10.00 per hour, requiring all government contractors in the construction industry to do the same.
In addition to Executive Order 2017-026, Governor Rosselló-Nevares stated that he intends to issue another Executive Order establishing a Committee that will be in charge of raising Puerto Rico's Minimum Wage.
at Goldman remain committed in assisting you and your business to adjust to these forthcoming changes in the Law. For further information, or detailed legal advice you may contact any of the attorneys in the Labor Department.