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García Padilla signs law to guarantee minimum wage for domestic workers

By on December 31, 2016

Governor Alejandro García Padilla signed into law a measure that orders the establishment of a federal hourly minimum wage for domestic workers.

García Padilla signed the House Bill 2383 that creates the Rights for Domestic Workers Missive, developed by New Progressive Party (NPP) representatives Yashira Lebrón Rodríguez, María M. Charbonier, María de L. Ramos Rivera and Popular Democratic Party (PDP) representative Jesús Santa Rodríguez.

(Pablo Martínez Monsivais, File/AP)

(Pablo Martínez Monsivais, File/AP)

The measure, passed last week, is intended to avoid the violation of the rights of domestic workers and presents general regulations on working hours, overtime, vacation and sick-leave rights, as well as the establishment of sanctions for noncompliance with the law.

As for which domestic workers the law protects, it includes those employed in private residences, caregivers for the elderly or sick people, cooks, waiters or waitresses, butlers, servants or maids, homemakers or housewives, housekeepers, babysitters, doorkeepers, janitors, gardeners, drivers and handymen.

The Missive allows domestic workers to ask for a signed contract between parties that would guarantee them a minimum wage salary, overtime pay, guaranteed free days, non-excessive working hours and rest periods, as well as vacation and sick leave pay.

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