Puerto Rico gov’t reminds workers about its voluntary resignation program
SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico’s Fiscal Agency and Financial Advisory Authority (Aafaf by its Spanish acronym) has issued four administrative orders in order to establish the Voluntary Transition Programs (PTV) for employees of the Retirement Systems Administration of Employees of the Government of Puerto Rico and the Judiciary, the Teacher Retirement System, the Department of Economic Development and Commerce (DDEC by its Spanish acronym) and its component entities, the Department of Public Safety, including all its bureaus, and the Department of Education.
The government’s fiscal plan establishes the elimination or consolidation into 22 groups, thus the government has to cut its payroll to avoid layoffs.
Aafaf Executive Director Gerardo Portela said in a release that the second phase of the “incentivized resignation” program allows employees to transition to the private sector or the “third sector,” meaning nonprofit or nongovernmental organizations, while continuing to earn their salary. for an established period or receive a global payment, as applicable.
Portela explained that the period during which public workers may apply for the program began ends June 30.
“Public servants who occupy career positions and employees whose salaries are paid, in whole or in part, with federal funds, as long as the participating agency has authorization from the federal government, may apply to participate in the [program]. In addition, if the employee accepts this program, the amount to which they are entitled for retirement, vacation leave and/or overtime settlement payment will not be affected,” he said.
Portela explained that temporary and politically appointed, or trust, employees are not eligible. However, trust employees who have the right to continue serving in a career position may be eligible once their reinstatement process is complete. He added that administrative orders offer incentives that vary depending on the date the employee submits their eligibility application.
In order to make the voluntary resignation of eligible employees effective, they must sign a Final Incentivized Resignation Agreement, which contains its terms and conditions, making it “final and irrevocable.”
An electronic application is available at http://www.transicionvoluntaria.pr.gov/. To see the administrative orders, visit www.aafaf.pr.gov.