Employers in Puerto Rico are encouraged to revise their domestic violence policies and trainings based on a recent amendment to Act No. 54 of August 15, 1989 – the Domestic Abuse Prevention and Intervention Act – to recognize economic violence as a form of domestic abuse and establish grounds to grant protection orders related to financial and labor situations.
On July 28, 2023, Puerto Rico Senate Project No. 865 of 2022 became Act No. 74-2023 (Act 74). The new law amends Act 54, which establishes a set of measures aimed at preventing and combating domestic violence in Puerto Rico. The statute establishes various offenses, sets penalties, and authorizes courts to issue protection orders expeditiously.
Act 74 defines economic violence as: Read more