Puerto Rico Governor Vetoes Bill Prohibiting Workplace Harassment

On May 30, 2014, a Puerto Rico Joint House and Senate Conference Committee approved a joint version of Senate Bill No. 501, which would have required all Puerto Rico employers to prohibit, prevent and remedy all forms of unjustified harassment and bullying in the workplace.  This legislation faced widespread opposition from employer groups in all industries, which were concerned with the adverse impact the bill was expected to have on Puerto Rico as a place to do business. The legislation was nevertheless approved by the Legislature, and Governor Alejandro García Padilla had been expected to sign it into law. In an unexpected action, on Friday, June 13, 2014, the Governor vetoed the bill, to the relief of employers doing business in Puerto Rico.

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