Puerto Rico

Registration is Live for the 2024 Global Benefits Forum in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Our 2024 Americas event will be held April 15-17 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Now in its ninth year, the Global Benefits Forum helps HR and benefits professionals from around the world enhance their international benefits expertise while engaging with peers and market-leading experts through three events held in the Americas, London and Asia.


New Remote Working Legislation Around the World [Updated]

With the rise of technology, work from home has been a steadily growing trend for many years. Remote working has exploded since Spring 2020 with quarantines, workplace closures, and lockdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, at least for jobs and industries that do not always require workers to be on-site.

This abrupt, worldwide shift to remote work has sparked new logistical and structural legal challenges that have warranted many countries to pass teleworking legislation, some of which are summarized in this article.

New teleworking legislation varies widely across countries. While some countries introduced their first teleworking general legal framework, other countries passed more detailed measures. This article will only cover permanent teleworking legislation that has entered into effect since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. Temporary COVID-19 related measures, as well as proposed legislation not yet passed as of the publication of this article will not be addressed.


Luxembourg to Introduce Rules When Two Public Holidays Fall on the Same Day

The Luxembourg Parliament recently approved a new Bill clarifying employee holiday entitlements when two paid public holidays fall on the same day, as is the case with the upcoming public holidays: Ascension Day and Europe Day, which both fall on 9 May 2024.

Bill 8266 is expected to enter into effect sometime before May 2024 (exact date to be determined).

United Kingdom

United Kingdom Implements Unpaid Carer’s Leave

The UK government has published draft regulations to implement the Carer’s Leave Act 2023 (the “Act”) providing employees with one week of unpaid carer’s leave per year to arrange or provide care for a dependent.
While the Act entered into force on 4 December 2023, the Draft Regulations implementing unpaid carer’s leave are expected to be effective from 6 April 2024.


Mexico Proposes Increase to Paid Paternity Leave

The Mexican Parliament recently introduced an amendment bill to increase employer-paid paternity leave from five working days to 20 working days.
If the bill is approved by the Mexican Senate, this increase will be effective early 2024 (the exact date will depend on the legislative process).


Cross-border telecommuting and employee benefits: What employers need to know

Global telecommuting creates new opportunities for companies to tap into and develop diverse talent, but it often comes with unanticipated challenges. Employers should audit these arrangements to ensure compliance and duty of care issues are accounted for in their policies. This article focuses on the impact of cross-border remote working on employee benefits and additional issues that also require consideration such as host country legislation, payroll, social security, and employment protections.

United Kingdom

The United Kingdom to Increase National Living and Minimum Wage Rates

The British government recently announced an increase of 9.8% from the current rate of the national living wage for workers age 21 and above (previously age 23), as well as the national minimum wage for workers age 20 and below (at least at school age). This substantial increase is intended to support the lowest earners in the United Kingdom and will be effective on 1 April 2024.