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
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...
June 3, 2016
Election Year in Puerto Rico: Employee Rights
For Puerto Rico, the general elections, and June 5th primaries, are fast approaching. This means that every employer in Puerto Rico needs to be aware of their employees' voting rights, especially since voter turnout is historically very high.In Puerto Rico, general elections are held every four years, the first Tuesday...
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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.
Professional Associations and Activities
•Association of Labor Relations Practitioners
•Federal Bar Association