Puerto Rico Labor Laws

In 2021, the minimum wage rate for Puerto Rico is $7.25 per hour.

The minimum cash wage payable to employees who receive tips is $2.13 per hour.

Puerto Rico labor laws regarding the payment of overtime are more favorable to workers that the federal overtime laws and require: 

  • time and a-half the regular hourly rate be paid for all hours worked over 8 hours per day
  • double time on statutory rest days;
  • double time for hours over 40 per week.

Puerto Rico requires a meal period of 1 hour, after the end of the 3rd but before the beginning of the 6th consecutive hour worked. Double-time pay is required for work during the meal hour or fraction thereof.

Employment Law Firms

Goldman, Antonetti & Cordova, LLC


The Labor and Employment Law Department represents local, U.S. and international employers doing business in Puerto Rico, including members of the retail, manufacturing, service, heath care, and franchise operations. Our attorneys also have experience in serving health care providers and members of other industries requiring special attention, where restrictions apply to the number of appropriate units and requirements of prior notice are imposed on the right to strike under certain circumstances.