State Regulations for Puerto Rico

Date Revised: 04/20/2018

License Required for Day Camps : 
Yes
License Required for Resident Camps: 
Yes
Criminal Background Checks Required: 
Yes
Criminal Background Checks Information: 

Each employee must present a certificate of non-criminal background every 6 months

Puerto Rico Code: Title 8, Chapter 3, Section 69

State Allows FBI Checks: 
No
Driving Record Checks: 

Unknown

State Sex Offender Registry: 

Registro de Ofensores Sexuales (available in English and Spanish)

Minimum Wage: 

$7.25/hour for employees covered by the FLSA

$5.08/hour for employees not covered by the FLSA

Puerto Rico also has minimum wage rates that vary according to the industry.

Minimum Wage Coverage and Exemptions: 

Covers all employees unless specifically exempt.

Exemptions: U.S. and Puerto Rico government employees; Puerto Rico municipal government employees; administrators, executives, and professionals.

Subminimum Wage: 

Labor Secretary issues permits for subminimum rates for workers whose earning capacity is impaired by age, disability, or injury, apprentices and learners/trainees, but not less than 50% of the applicable minimum wage.

Overtime Pay Requirements: 

1½ times the regular rate after 8-hour day or 40-hour week for employees of FLSA-covered employers, unless a rate is fixed by the Minimum Wage Board or a collective bargaining agreement. Non-FLSA-covered employers: double-time required for extra hours of work–(1) over 8 hours in any period of 24 consecutive hours; (2) over 40 hours during any week unless the hours worked daily over 8 are paid at double-time; (3) on a day when the establishment should be closed to the public by law, unless the employer obtained a permit from the labor secretary and the total hours worked during the day is not over 8 hours or 40 hours during the week; (4) on days of rest for businesses and industries not subject to the closing of their establishment; (5) over the maximum hours set by the Minimum Wage Board for the particular occupation, business, or industry; and (6) over the maximum hours a day fixed by a collective labor agreement.

Overtime Pay Exemptions: 

Those employees exempt from the Puerto Rico minimum wage.

Meal/Rest Period Requirements: 

Meal period: 1 hour after 3rd hour and before 6th hour of shift unless an employer-employee agreement or union contract provides otherwise. Minors age 14 – 17: 1 hour lunch period during shift of 4 consecutive hours.