Remote’s guide to employing in

Puerto Rico
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Make employment in Puerto Rico easy. Let us handle payroll, benefits, taxes, compliance, and even stock options for your team in Puerto Rico, all in one easy-to-use platform.

Services available in this country:
Employer of Record ProductContractor Management
  • Capital City

    San Juan

  • Currency

    United States Dollar ($, USD)

  • Languages

    Spanish and English

  • Population size


Services available in this country:
Employer of Record ProductContractor Management
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Facts & Stats

  • Capital City

    San Juan

  • Currency

    United States Dollar ($, USD)

  • Languages

    Spanish and English

  • Population size


  • Ease of doing business


  • Cost of living index


  • Payroll frequency


  • VAT - standard rate


  • GDP - real growth rate

    -3.9% (2020)

Puerto Rico is a Caribbean island and an unincorporated territory of the United States. This vibrant island boasts pristine rainforests, hundreds of miles of tropical beaches, a rich history filled with fabled pirates and transoceanic trade (Puerto Rico has a particularly strong coffee industry).

Puerto Ricans are proud of their national identity and their own unique local culture. The island’s capital of San Juan is brimming with vibrant nightlife. Restaurants, shops, hotels, and cafes make this a perfect place for digital nomads to stop and sample island life – as long as they have the correct legal right to work!

Grow your team in Puerto Rico with Remote

Looking to hire employees in Puerto Rico? Companies hiring in Puerto Rico must either own a local legal entity or work with a global employment platform like Remote that can legally provide employment services in the country.

Remote can employ team members in Puerto Rico and keep you compliant at all times. Remote can hire, onboard, and pay your team in Puerto Rico so you don't have to set up local HR services in the region. to get started or talk to an expert for more details.

Risks of misclassification

Puerto Rico, like many other countries, treats self-employed individuals or contractors and full-time employees differently. Misclassification of contractors in Puerto Rico may lead to fines and penalties for the offending company.

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Employing in Puerto Rico

Workers rights in Puerto Rico are covered by American Law and the Puerto Rican Constitution, both of which guarantee equal pay for equal work and protections against discrimination based on age, religion, gender expression, and race.

Common questions that could come up during the hiring process include the minimum wage, overtime rates, and guaranteed paid time off. Remote can help you offer a complete, competitive, and compliant benefits package to your employees in Puerto Rico.

Minimum wage

Applicable to all employees covered by the federal Fair Labour Standards Act (FLSA) except for agricultural employees and employees of municipalities and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Basic Minimum Rate (per hour): $9.50

The minimum wage will increase to $10.50 per hour on July 1, 2024, unless the Commonwealth issues a decree changing the amount.

Premium Pay After Designated Hours: Daily - 8, Weekly – 40, and on statutory rest day (time-and-a-half). Employees entitled to greater rights or benefits who were hired prior to January 26, 2017 shall maintain said rights or benefits.

Employers covered by the FLSA but who are not subject to the Puerto Rico Minimum Wage Act must pay at least the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.

Onboarding Time

We can help you get a new employee started in Poland fast. The minimum onboarding time we need is only 10 working days.

Our team ensures your employees are onboarded and paid as quickly as possible while keeping your business compliant with all local employment legislation. The minimum onboarding time begins after the employee submits all required information onto the Remote platform. The onboarding timeline is also dependent upon registration with local authorities.

For all non-nationals of the country of employment, the Right to Work assessment (if applicable) will add three extra days to the total time to onboard. There may be extra time required if we need to follow-up on the right to work assessment.

Please note, payroll cut-off dates can impact the actual first day of employment. Remote has a payroll cut-off date of the 10th of the month unless otherwise specified.

19 Public holidays

Monday 1 January 20241New Year's Day
Saturday 6 January 20242Epiphany
Monday 15 January 20243Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Monday 19 February 20244George Washington's Day, Presidents' Day, and Puerto Rico Proceres' Day
Saturday 2 March 20245American Citizenship Day
Friday 22 March 20246Emancipation Day
Friday 29 March 20247Good Friday
Monday 27 May 20248Memorial Day
Wednesday 19 June 20249Juneteenth
Thursday 4 July 202410Independence Day of the United States
Thursday 25 July 202411Constitution Day
Saturday 27 July 202412José Celso Barbosa Day
Monday 2 September 202413Labour Day
Monday 14 October 202414Columbus Day
Tuesday 5 November 202415Elections
Monday 11 November 202416Veterans Day
Tuesday 19 November 202417Puerto Rican Culture Day
Thursday 28 November 202418Thanksgiving Day
Wednesday 25 December 202419Christmas Day

Competitive benefits package in Puerto Rico

At Remote, we’re passionate about helping you craft the best possible employee experience for your team. We are leading the way in developing globally competitive benefits programs. This means making sure employees everywhere have access to both the required and supplemental benefits they need to thrive, and your company has the localised expertise required to attract and keep the best global talent.

Our benefits packages in Puerto Rico are tailored to fulfil the local needs of employees. Typically, our packages contain some or all of the following benefits:

  • Health Insurance

  • Dental Insurance

  • Vision Insurance

  • Mental Health Support

  • Pension or 401(K)

  • Life and Disability Insurance

Fair Pricing in Puerto Rico

Employer of Record

Hire and pay your global team

Starting at $599/month

for annual plans

Top features

  • Satisfaction guaranteed

  • No deposits or hidden fees

  • Zero onboarding or offboarding fees

  • Compliant equity incentives support including withholding and reporting

  • Built-in security and compliance

  • Fast onboarding (average 2-3 days)

  • Flexible, localised benefits

Contractor Management

Compliantly onboard and pay contractors


per contractor/month

Top features

  • Only pay for contractors you actively work with

  • Work with contractors in 200+ countries

  • Create, edit, and sign tailored, localised contracts

  • Approve contractor invoices with one click or auto-pay

  • Transparent payments with complete visibility

Global Payroll

Consolidate your multi-country payroll


per employee/month

Top features

  • Reduce costs by centralising payroll management

  • Ensure local compliance for every country

  • Direct support from in-house local payroll experts

  • Accurate, on-time, compliant payroll to level-up your employee experience

  • Tax and labour authority reporting handled for you


Manage all of your employees in one place


Top features

  • Guided onboarding and offboarding

  • Employee profile and document management

  • Time and attendance (time off and tracking)

  • Expense management and reimbursement

  • Employee self-serve on the platform and mobile app