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Economist: ‘Employment at will’ may not be right solution for P.R.
Published Monday, June 11, 2018 1:00 pm
by Michelle Kantrow

And while repealing Law 80 is what is grabbing the attention at the moment, the Senate also has Bill 919 on its list, which proposes the “Labor Reform Law of 2018.”

The adoption of the so-called “employment at will” doctrine may not be the right solution for Puerto Rico’s low labor participation rate and stagnant economy, because it fails to address other underlying problems, according to an analysis by the H. Calero Consulting firm

“Employment at will” is a contractual relationship between employer and employee whereby an employee can be dismissed at any time for any reason without justification and the employee may quit their job without justification.

This is the model that the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico and the government have agreed to implement by repealing Law 80, a process already underway at the Legislature.

Senate Bill 1011 and House Bill 1634 seek to make Puerto Rico’s labor force more competitive by repealing Law 80, cutting government mandated benefits such as the