Summary of Statutory Disability & Paid Family Leave Plans

Statutory Disability & Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefits are required to be provided by employers or the State to employees working in the below states. Disability benefits provide short term wage replacement to employees to recover from their own medical condition. PFL is paid time away from work to bond with a new child, take care of a sick family member, or have a qualifying military exigency.

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Puerto Rico

Department of Labor and Human Resources-Bureau of Employment Security
(787) 754-2142

1968 – Temporary Disability Benefits Act
State administers claims.

Private plans are permitted; must be as liberal as state plan in eligibility requirements, benefit amounts, and duration.

Private plan contribution levels may not exceed those of state plan.
Approximately 65% of regular weekly wage; maximum weekly benefit of $113 ($55 for agricultural workers) (eff. 1/1/96)Maternity benefit of 100% pay for eight weeks to be paid by employer in advance of leave.
Maximum disability benefit duration is 26 weeks or 26 times the weekly benefit.
ELIGIBILITYEmployee must have earned at least $150 in wages during base year (in any one of the first four of last five consecutive calendar quarters immediately preceding date on which application for benefits is filed).
WAITING PERIODSeven (7) day waiting period or first day of hospitalization.

Waiting period is waived for certain unemployed people or for maternity claims.
Total cost: 0.6% of the first $9,000 of each employee’s annual wages. The employer may collect no more than half the cost (0.3% of the first $9,000) from employees.
The maximum annual employee cost is $54.00.

* Program provisions currently under development

Upcoming Statutory State Program:

• Employee Deductions begin January 1, 2022
• Benefits begin January 1, 2023 *HB 3398 pending to delay implementation requirements for PFML program one year

• Employee Deductions begin January 1, 2023
• Benefits begin January 1, 2024

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