Maralyssa Alvarez-Sanchez

Maralyssa Alvarez-Sanchez: Attorney with Jackson Lewis P.C.
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  • American International Plaza, 250 Muñoz Rivera Avenue, Suite 404, San Juan, PR 00918
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Maralyssa Alvarez-Sanchez is an Of Counsel in the San Juan, Puerto Rico, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She counsels employers on compliance with state and federal employment laws in executing personnel decisions and defends employers in all stages of litigation in discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, reasonable accommodation, unjust dismissal and leave-related claims in federal and state judicial and administrative forums.

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.

Published Works

Cigna Corporation v. Amara: Supreme Court Clarifies ERISA-Provided Remedies for Misrepresentations in Summary Plan Descriptions, Federal Lawyer (October 2011)


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....

May 23, 2017

New Puerto Rico Labor Department Religious Accommodation Regulations Effective May 25

The Employment Law Reform enacted earlier this year in Puerto Rico introduced a local requirement to accommodate an employee’s observance of religious practices or beliefs. (See our article, Top 20 Things You Should Know About the Proposed Puerto Rico Employment Law Reform.) The law directed the Secretary of the Puerto Rico Department of...

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.



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.
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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

Areas of Practice (2)

  • General Employment Litigation
  • Labor and Preventive Practices

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
787-522-7314  Phone
(787) 522-7306  Fax
University Attended:
University of Notre Dame, B.B.A., 1999
Law School Attended:
University of Puerto Rico Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2005
Year of First admission:
2006, Puerto Rico and U.S. District Court, District of Puerto Rico; 2011, U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit

Professional Associations and Activities

•Association of Labor Relations Practitioners
•Federal Bar Association

Reported Cases:
Published Decisions: Vazquez Delucca v. Ikon Benefits Group, 2011 WL 1097640 (D. Puerto Rico 2011); Rosado v. American Airlines, 743 F.Supp.2d 40 (D. Puerto Rico 2010); Torres-Alman v. Axesa Servicios de Informacion, 522 F.Supp. 2d 367 (D. Puerto Rico 2007); UPR v. Laborde et al, 180 D.P.R. 253 (2010); Maria Ramos Perez v. Univision, 178 D.P.R. 200 (2010)

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