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)

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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.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

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:
2011, U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit; 2006, Puerto Rico and U.S. District Court, District of Puerto Rico

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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