Ms. alvarez-Sanchez has successfully defended claims against employers before the Puerto Rico Courts of First Instance and Appeals and the Puerto Rico Supreme Court as well as obtained favorable dismissal for employers of federal discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims before the U.S. District Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
Ms. alvarez-Sanchez also provides counseling to clients on employment matters related to the establishment of operations in Puerto Rico as well as the administration of health and welfare benefit plans and compliance with ERISA and COBRA. She has participated in the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements and has counseled companies as to the implementation of labor-relations policies and represented management in unfair labor practice charges and representation cases before the NLRB.
Ms. alvarez-Sanchez worked as a programmer analyst in the information technology consulting industry in Chicago before obtaining her law degree. Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, she was a Partner at a prominent full-service law firm in San Juan, where she devoted her practice exclusively to the representation of employers in labor and employment law matters.
• Cigna Corporation v. Amara: Supreme Court Clarifies ERISA-Provided Remedies for Misrepresentations in Summary Plan Descriptions, Federal Lawyer (October 2011)
In the News
March 16, 2017
Maralyssa alvarez-Sanchez and K. Joy Chin Author Puerto Rico Passes Pay Equity Law
Maralyssa alvarez-Sanchez and K. Joy Chin author Puerto Rico Passes Pay Equity Law, published by SHRM.Subscription may be required to view article
June 7, 2018
Employment-at-Will Comes to Puerto Rico?
Puerto Rico’s Financial Oversight and Management Board and Governor Ricardo Rossello have sent bills to the Puerto Rico legislature to repeal the Unjust Dismissal Act, Act No. 80 of May 30, 1976 (Act 80). If either bill is enacted, employers in Puerto Rico will no longer be required to have “just cause” to dismiss employees hired for an...
February 5, 2018
Puerto Rico Bars Use of Legitimate Absences in Performance Review, Adds Catastrophic Illness Leave
Just one year after substantial changes to Puerto Rico employment laws became effective, the Governor has enacted two new sick leave laws. One shields employees from adverse consequences from sick leave use. The other creates a special leave for catastrophic illnesses.Act No. 60 of January 27, 2018The Puerto Rico Minimum Wage,...
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...
Puerto Rico Employment Law Reform
When January 31, 2017 - 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM EST
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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
•Association of Labor Relations Practitioners
•Federal Bar Association
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