Mr. Santos represents clients through all phases and types of federal and local labor and employment lawsuits and administrative matters, ranging from individual charges and cases to broad-scale collective and class actions regarding wage and hour disputes, employment discrimination and harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, statutory leaves of absence, welfare benefits (ERISA), Railway Labor Act, defamation, non-compete covenants and other employment-related torts.
Mr. Santos provides legal advice to management on human resources compliance issues and policy matters spanning the entire employment life cycle, from the hiring, discipline and termination of employees, including drafting of employment manuals and policies and the development of strategies for effective liability mitigation Mr. Santos also has experience providing legal advice to companies establishing operations in Puerto Rico and conducting due diligence employment law audits. He has been speaker at various seminars.
Speeches and Presentations
•“ADA, FMLA, and USERRA: The Interplay of the Trifecta,” Society for Human Resources Management - Puerto Rico Chapter (San Juan, PR, November 2013) (presenter)
•“Evolution of Wage and Hour Laws: Past, Present and Future,” Society for Human Resources Management - Puerto Rico Chapter Convention (Fajardo, PR, September 2015) (presenter)
•“Puerto Rico Employment Law Update,” National Retail Federation (Washington, DC, October 2015) (presenter)
Pay Equity Advisor Blog
Puerto Rico Enacts Equal Pay Law, Prohibits Employers from Inquiring about Past Salary History
March 13, 2017
Almost two months after signing sweeping employment law reform, Governor Ricardo Rossello has signed Puerto Rico Act No. 16 of March 8, 2017, known as the “Puerto Rico Equal Pay Act.” Act 16 is effective immediately.
By Juan Felipe Santos and Maralyssa Alvarez-Sanchez
November 16, 2017
Puerto Rico Labor Department Updates Regulations on Payment of Annual (Christmas) Bonus
Employers in Puerto Rico must comply with updated regulations on the payment of the generally required annual bonus to eligible employees. The Puerto Rico Department of Labor (DOL) updated the regulations, effective October 18, 2017, following legislation adopted early in the year.Under Puerto Rico Act No. 148 of 1969, employers in...
October 26, 2017
Puerto Rico Agencies Issue Employee-Related Guidance, Tax Relief in Wake of Hurricane
The passage of Hurricane Maria through Puerto Rico in September 2017 left catastrophic damages. In an effort to encourage employer assistance and provide temporary economic relief to employees in Puerto Rico, local government agencies have issued the following measures and guidance related to employers concerning their employees....
January 26, 2017
Governor Signs Puerto Rico Employment Law Reform
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello has signed the “Labor Transformation and Flexibility Act” (House Bill 453), a law that dramatically changes the employment landscape in Puerto Rico and provides more flexibility in the workplace.The Act, signed by the Governor on January 26, 2017, changes the definition of daily...
In the News
September 28, 2017
The American Lawyer
Juan Felipe Santos Discusses Jackson Lewis' Puerto Rico Office After Hurricane Maria
Juan Felipe Santos discusses the status of Jackson Lewis’ San Juan office in Big Law Picks Up the Pieces in Puerto Rico, published by The American Lawyer.
January 1, 2017
Jackson Lewis Publishes Q4 Diversity Committee Newsletter
Please enjoy our Diversity Committee Newsletter for the fourth quarter of 2016. A best practice of our firm, it includes personal, diversity-focused messages from our Diversity Committee Chair and Diversity Committee Manager, and highlights diverse attorney promotions, diversity-related activities, sponsorships and events the firm has...
August 25, 2016
Juan Felipe Santos Discusses the Jackson Lewis Scholarship Program
Juan Felipe Santos discusses the Jackson Lewis Scholarship Program in “Estudiantes de Derecho UPR reciben beca del bufete Jackson Lewis,” published by Microjuris.
Puerto Rico Employment Law Reform
When January 31, 2017 - 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM EST
Credits:Continuing education credit was offered for the live broadcast of this seminar.
You cannot earn credit for watching the archived webinar.
Introduction to Puerto Rico Employment Law - What Employers Need to Know
When September 23, 2015 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Professional Associations and Activities
•Federal Bar Association
•Hispanic National Bar Association
•National Retail Federation
•Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce
•Society for Human Resource Management
Speeches and Presentations