Key takeaways about proposed amendments to Salary Equality Act of 2017

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Senate Bill 0976-22 (Bill 976) proposes to amend Puerto Rican Act 16-2017, the Salary Equality Act of Puerto Rico. That Act imposes penalties on employers who discriminate on the basis of sex via salary differences.

Bill 976 seeks to guarantee the vindication of citizens’ rights under Act 16-2017 by providing greater access to the filing of claims in Puerto Rican courts.

If enacted, Bill 976 would implement the following amendments to Act 16-2017:

  • Employers would be exempt from certain penalties pursuant to Act 16-2017 if they evaluated the employee’s performance and corrected any salary discrimination based on sex within 30 days prior to the presentation of an employee’s complaint. At present, under Act 16-2017 employers are exempt…

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