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P.R. House of Representatives Bill 1685

To create the “Law of Maternity for Working Mothers that Have a Child with a Physical or Sensorial Disability”


On August 6, 2018, representative Néstor A. Alonso Vega introduced H.R. 1685 to

create the “Law of Maternity for Working Mothers that Have a Child with a Physical

or Sensorial Disability”.


If this bill is approved, working mothers that have a newborn child with a physical or sensorial disability will have an additional 16 week period of paid maternity leave, after their 8 week maternity leave period provided by Act No. 3 of March 13, 1942, as amended, known as “Act to Protect Working Mothers”, comes to an end. This new law will apply to part time and domestic employees.


In order to enjoy this new benefit, the working mother shall provide, with at least 15 days of anticipation of the expiration date of her maternity leave period of 8 weeks, a medical certificate that includes the diagnostic of her newborn son or daughter. During the maternity leave period of 16 weeks, the working mother shall continue to receive the same salaries and benefits that she received while she was under the maternity leave provided by Act No. 3 of March 13, 1942.


If you have any questions about H.R. 1685 or the impact it may cause to your company, feel free to contact us at your convenience at (787) 765-5656.