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)
Puerto Rico Employment Law Reform
When January 31, 2017 - 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM EST
Credits: CLE - Pending*, HRCI - Pending, SHRM - Pending
Introduction to Puerto Rico Employment Law - What Employers Need to Know
When September 23, 2015 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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...
March 13, 2017
Puerto Rico Enacts Equal Pay Law, Prohibits Employers from Inquiring about Past Salary History
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.Although modeled after the federal Equal Pay Act, Act 16 goes further, limiting instances in which...
January 19, 2017
Top 20 Things You Should Know About the Proposed Puerto Rico Employment Law Reform
Under a new government administration, Puerto Rico employment laws will undergo the most significant transformation in decades with the expected enactment of the “Labor Transformation and Flexibility Act.”In an unprecedented but anticipated move, on January 14, 2017, the Puerto Rico House of Representatives approved the Act, House...
In the News
March 16, 2017
Maralyssa a lvarez-Sanchez and K. Joy Chin Author Puerto Rico Passes Pay Equity Law
Maralyssa a lvarez-Sanchez and K. Joy Chin author Puerto Rico Passes Pay Equity Law, published by SHRM.Subscription may be required to view article
Professional Associations and Activities
•Association of Labor Relations Practitioners
•Federal Bar Association