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Maralyssa Álvarez-Sánchez

Of Counsel
San Juan

P 787-522-7314
F 787-522-7306


Maralyssa Álvarez-Sánchez 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. Álvarez-Sánchez 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. Álvarez-Sánchez 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. Álvarez-Sánchez 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 Decisions

  • Vázquez 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-Almán v. Axesa Servicios de Información, 522 F.Supp. 2d 367 (D. Puerto Rico 2007)
  • UPR v. Laborde et al, 180 D.P.R. 253 (2010)
  • María Ramos Pérez v. Univision, 178 D.P.R. 200 (2010)

Professional Associations and Activities

  • Association of Labor Relations Practitioners
  • Federal Bar Association

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 Álvarez-Sánchez and K. Joy Chin Author "Puerto Rico Passes Pay Equity Law"

March 16, 2017

Maralyssa Álvarez-Sánchez and K. Joy Chin author "Puerto Rico Passes Pay Equity Law," published by SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article 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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