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)
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...
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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.
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
•Association of Labor Relations Practitioners
•Federal Bar Association