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Juan Felipe Santos

Office Managing Principal and Office Litigation Manager
San Juan

P 787-522-7315
F 787-522-7306
Juan.Santos@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Juan Felipe Santos is the Office Managing Principal and Office Litigation Manager in the San Juan, Puerto Rico, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He has successfully represented employers in litigation before federal and Puerto Rico courts, including jury trials. Before joining Jackson Lewis when it opened the Puerto Rico office in 2013, Mr. Santos worked for over 10 years in other major law firms in Puerto Rico, devoting his practice exclusively to labor and employment law.

Mr. Santos represents clients through all phases and types of federal and local labor and employment lawsuits and administrative matters, ranging from individual charges and cases to broad-scale collective and class actions regarding wage and hour disputes, employment discrimination and harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, statutory leaves of absence, welfare benefits (ERISA), Railway Labor Act, defamation, non-compete covenants and other employment-related torts.

Mr. Santos provides legal advice to management on human resources compliance issues and policy matters spanning the entire employment life cycle, from the hiring, discipline and termination of employees, including drafting of employment manuals and policies and the development of strategies for effective liability mitigation Mr. Santos also has experience providing legal advice to companies establishing operations in Puerto Rico and conducting due diligence employment law audits. He has been speaker at various seminars.

Published Opinions

  • Vega-Colón v. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, 625 F.3d 22 (1st Cir. 2010)
  • Rivera-Díaz v. Humana Health Plans of P.R., Inc., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17573 (D.P.R. 2013)
  • Velázquez v. Developers Diversified Realty, 904 F. Supp. 2d 156 (D.P.R. 2012)
  • Velázquez v. Developers Diversified Realty, 272 F.R.D. 310 (D.P.R. 2011)
  • Hernández v. Wal-Mart Puerto Rico, Inc., 2010 WL 4273927 (D.P.R. 2010)
  • Rosado v. American Airlines, 743 F.Supp.2d 40 (D.P.R. 2010)
  • Figueroa-Santiago v. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, 2010 WL 3724323 (TCA)
  • Vega-Colón v. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 37133 (D.P.R. 2009)
  • Baerga-Castro v. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, 2009 U.S. Dist LEXIS 80388 (D.P.R. 2009)
  • Barrón-Ruiz v. American Airlines, 2009 U.S. Dist LEXIS 93865 (D.P.R. 2009)
  • Zeif, et al. v. American Airlines, 2009 WL 2351518 (TCA)
  • Montalvo-León v. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 76635 (D.P.R. 2007)
  • Acosta-Colon v. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11240 (D.P.R. 2006)
  • Torres Velez v. Brignoni, American Airlines, Inc., 2006 PR App LEXIS 2838 (TCA)

Professional Associations and Activities

  • Federal Bar Association
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • National Retail Federation
  • Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce
  • Society for Human Resource Management

Speeches and Presentations

  • “ADA, FMLA, and USERRA: The Interplay of the Trifecta,” Society for Human Resources Management – Puerto Rico Chapter (San Juan, PR, November 2013) (presenter)
  • “Evolution of Wage and Hour Laws: Past, Present and Future,” Society for Human Resources Management – Puerto Rico Chapter Convention (Fajardo, PR, September 2015) (presenter)
  • “Puerto Rico Employment Law Update,” National Retail Federation (Washington, DC, October 2015) (presenter)

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December 5, 2017
El Diario NY

Juan Felipe Santos Spotlighted as Guest Panelist on Puerto Rico Fiscal Oversight Board

December 5, 2017

Juan Felipe Santos is spotlighted as featured panelist on labor rights and conditions in Puerto Rico in "Temor ante posible empeoramiento de condiciones laborales en Puerto Rico," published by El Diario NY. Subscription may be required to view article. English version available in PDF attachment below.  Read More

December 4, 2017
Microjuris.com

Juan Felipe Santos Discusses University of Puerto Rico Law Students Receive Scholarship from Jackson Lewis

December 4, 2017

Juan Felipe Santos discusses the Jackson Lewis scholarship program and its 2017-2018 recipients, students from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law in "Estudiantes de Derecho UPR reciben beca del bufete Jackson Lewis 2017-2018," published by Microjuris.com. Subscription may be required to view article. English version... Read More

December 3, 2017
NotiCel

Juan Felipe Santos Spotlighted as Panelist for Puerto Rico Oversight Board

December 3, 2017

Juan Felipe Santos spotlighted as a featured panelist on Puerto Rico labor reform and recovery funding in "Líderes sindicales se presentarán frente a la Junta," published by NotiCel.  Subscription may be required to view article. English version available in PDF attachment below.  Read More

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February 5, 2018

Puerto Rico Bars Use of Legitimate Absences in Performance Review, Adds Catastrophic Illness Leave

February 5, 2018

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, 2018 The Puerto Rico Minimum Wage,... Read More

November 16, 2017

Puerto Rico Labor Department Updates Regulations on Payment of Annual (Christmas) Bonus

November 16, 2017

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... Read More

October 26, 2017

Puerto Rico Agencies Issue Employee-Related Guidance, Tax Relief in Wake of Hurricane

October 26, 2017

The passage of Hurricane María 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.... Read More

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Speaking Engagement

Hato Rey, PR
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SHRM Puerto Rico Seminar: The #MeToo Movement: Strategies to Prevent Harassment and Protect Your Organization

February 22, 2018 - 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Arterial Hostos #239 - Capital Ctr. Bldg. - Hato Rey, PR
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Puerto Rico Employment Law Reform: One Year Later

January 30, 2018 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST

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Puerto Rico Employment Law Reform

January 31, 2017 - 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM EST

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Introduction to Puerto Rico Employment Law – What Employers Need to Know

September 23, 2015 - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
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Puerto Rico Enacts Equal Pay Law, Prohibits Employers from Inquiring about Past Salary History
March 13, 2017

Almost two months after signing sweeping employment law reform, Governor Ricardo Rosselló has signed Puerto Rico Act No. 16 of March 8, 2017, known as the “Puerto Rico Equal Pay Act.” Act 16 is effective immediately. Read More

By Juan Felipe Santos and Maralyssa Alvarez-Sanchez