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950 private-sector co.’s ask for Christmas bonus waiver

The Labor Department received 950 waiver requests, up 10% from 2014. (Credit: © Mauricio Pascual)

The Labor Department received 950 Christmas bonus waiver requests, up 10% from 2014. (Credit: © Mauricio Pascual)

About 950 Puerto Rico-based private-sector companies have asked the Department of Labor and Human Resources to be exempted from paying this year’s Christmas bonus, the agency revealed Tuesday.

This year’s preliminary number exceeds last year’s applications by 86, the agency’s Labor Standards division further said.

“Through Tuesday, Dec. 1 at noon, the Labor Standards Division had received 950 applications from companies that have requested exemption from paying the Christmas bonus,” said Carlos Maldonado, deputy director of the Labor Standards Division.

The number may be even higher, given that there may be more applications in transit via mail and others filed at the agency’s regional offices by the Nov. 30 deadline, he said.

By law, companies doing business in Puerto Rico with more than 15 employees is required to pay a bonus equivalent to 6 percent of total wages. Companies with 15 or more employees are required to pay a bonus equivalent to 3 percent of total wages, up to $10,000.

Employers who apply to be exempted from payment of all or part of the Christmas bonus by claiming economic losses or insufficient profits must submit their Balance Sheet and Statement of Income and Expenses reviewed by a Certified Public Accountant, according to Department of Labor regulations.

Of the 950 applications received so far, it has denied three. However, it still has 308 pending registration and review.

Last year, of the total 864 waiver requests received, the agency denied 22.

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Business reporter with 27 years of experience writing for weekly and daily newspapers, as well as trade publications in Puerto Rico. My list of former employers includes Caribbean Business, The San Juan Star, and the Puerto Rico Daily Sun, among others. My areas of expertise include telecommunications, technology, retail, agriculture, tourism, banking and most other segments of Puerto Rico’s economy.

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  1. Eric Corbin December 30, 2015

    Yet PR’s public workers received their bonuses, in addition to an increased government payroll from June 15 to Oct 15. Doesn’t seem to be the most effective measures for a government that can barely pay its bills.


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