Political instability brings uncertainty for employers, suggest speakers

Political instability brings uncertainty for employers, suggest speakers

10 October 2019

Political instability and an overarching shift to the left in parts of Latin America are bringing uncertainty for employers in the region, but there are signs of economic strength in some areas, heard delegates at the sixth annual Latin Lawyer Labour & Employment conference held on Wednesday in Miami.

Companies should set clear policies to combat regulatory grey areas, advise lawyers

Companies should set clear policies to combat regulatory grey areas, advise lawyers

24 October 2019

Lack of regulation on how Latin American companies should accommodate employees suffering from health-related issues in and outside the workplace means employers should establish clear company-wide policies to avoid falling foul of discrimination claims, heard delegates at the sixth annual Latin Lawyer Labour & Employment conference held on 9 October in Miami.


Enrique Stile

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal, Buenos Aires

Enrique M. Stile joined Marval, O’ Farrell &  Mairal  in 1997 and has been a partner since 2006. He specializes in labor and employment  law. His practice in the firm focusses on advising international clients, particularly in relation  to  top  executives, complex compensation structures, hiring, terminations and cross-border matters. He advises on strategies related to employment costs, prevention of employment litigation and risks, union relations, rightsizing and launching businesses in Argentina. He provides compliance training courses in matters such as mobbing, harassment, discrimination and outsourcing.

Ranked in Band 1 in Chambers & Partners Latin America, he is listed as “Leading Lawyer” in Legal 500 and recommended in the Argentina Labor section of Who’s Who Legal & LL250. He was also the exclusive winner of the Client Choice Award 2015 for the Employment & Benefits category for Argentina. He has been nominated as leader in his area by the

international publications Chambers & Partners, Who’s Who Legal and Global Law Experts.

Enrique has written numerous articles in well-known international publications, gives conferences and coordinates seminars and congresses locally and internationally.

Anthony Oncidi

Proskauer Rose, Los Angeles

Anthony J. Oncidi heads the Labor & Employment Law Group in the Los Angeles office. Tony represents employers and management in all aspects of labor relations and employment law, including litigation and preventive counseling, wage and hour matters, including class actions, wrongful termination, employee discipline, Title VII and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, executive employment contract disputes, sexual harassment training and investigations, workplace violence, drug testing and privacy issues, Sarbanes-Oxley claims and employee raiding and trade secret protection. A substantial portion of Tony’s practice involves the defense of employers in large class actions, employment discrimination, harassment and wrongful termination litigation in state and federal court as well as arbitration proceedings, including FINRA matters.


Alexandre de Almeida Cardoso

TozziniFreire, São Paulo

Amy Aukstikalnis

Welch Consulting, Los Angeles

Andrea Giamondo Massei Rossi

Machado Meyer, São Paulo

Carolyn Knox

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, San Francisco

Hugo Hernández-Ojeda Alvírez

Hogan Lovells, Mexico City

John Fahr

Resolution Economics Group, Washington, DC

Ignacio García

Porzio Ríos García, Santiago

John Guzman

In-House Legal Counsel, Motorola Solutions, Miami

Jorge De Presno

Basham, Ringe y Correa, Mexico City

Juan Carlos Pró-Rísquez

Dentons, Caracas

Jurate Schwartz

Proskauer Rose, Boca Raton

Maria González

Legal Counsel Head LAN, Syngenta, Bogotá

Maria Luisa Soter

Veirano, Rio de Janeiro

Mercedes Balado Bevilacqua

MBB Abogados, Buenos Aires

Paola Mora

Director, Associate General Counsel, Club Med, North America

Patrick Martin

Greenberg Traurig, Miami

René Claure Veizaga

Moreno Baldivieso, La Paz

Ricardo Alemán

Morgan & Morgan, Panama

Ruben Cortina

Secretary of International Affairs, Argentine Federation of Commerce and Services Workers (FAECYS) and World President, UNI Global Union, Buenos Aires

Santiago Marván Urquiza

Marván, González Graf y González Larrazolo, Mexico City

Vilma Toshie Kutomi

Mattos Filho, São Paulo


9.00: Welcome coffee and registration

9.30: Chairs' morning welcome

Anthony Oncidi, Proskauer Rose, Los Angeles
Enrique Stile, Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal, Buenos Aires

9.45: Labour law and the new political movement in the region

The conference will begin with an update on the political climate in key economies around the region and the impact that is having on labour and employment laws.  In Brazil, unions are striking in response to Jair Bolsonaro’s proposed pension reforms, while in Mexico the election of Andrés Manuel López Obrador and threatened new tariffs and pressure from the US during USMCA (the “new” NAFTA) negotiations mean a labour reform favouring workers is up for discussion. Meanwhile, Nicolás Maduro clings to power in Venezuela, but many onlookers expect him to be ousted sooner than later, which would send the country in a new direction. In contrast, Cristina Kirchner is preparing for a comeback in Argentina, promising a sharp change in tack from President Macri’s trajectory. Panelists will analyse the starkly contrasting agendas of once and future presidents around Latin America, and assess what it all means for companies with regional operations.

Carolyn Knox, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, San Francisco

Andrea Giamondo Massei Rossi, Machado Meyer, São Paulo
Mercedes Balado Bevilacqua, MBB Abogados, Buenos Aires
Juan Carlos Pró-Rísquez, Dentons, Caracas
Jorge de Presno, Basham, Ringe y Correa, Mexico City

10.55: Coffee break 

11.25: Emerging health-related issues in and outside the workplace and what they mean for employers and employees

A growing, aging workforce presents challenges for employers, which must increasingly accommodate the health needs of employees and their immediate families. Individuals with mental and physical health issues are increasingly better protected in the workplace and flexible working patterns are gaining traction in many companies, but how should employers best handle staff members’ need to care for children and elderly parents, particularly when there is a lack of regulation to provide guidance.  Will employers lead or follow when it comes to implementing more flexible scheduling and paid time off (“PTO”) opportunities for employees. Should the jobs of those who care for others receive special protection and does this present a new form of discrimination?  How is medical coverage during employment protecting the workforce? As the world’s population ages and life expectancies increase, should employers do more to retain workers post-retirement age?

John Guzman, Legal Counsel, Motorola Solutions, Miami 

Rene Claure, Moreno Baldivieso, La Paz
Jurate Schwartz, Proskauer Rose, Boca Raton
Amy Aukstikalnis, Welch Consulting, Los Angeles
Ignacio García, Porzio Ríos García, Santiago

Unions and the modern era: How are unions facing current developments in the global economy and adapting to the modern-day employee?

In this panel, speakers will assess the role of unions in today’s economy and ask if they are responding effectively to workers’ changing needs. For example, do gig economy workers want to belong to unions? Are unions, whose leaders are largely male, adapting to the rising number of women in the workforce by appointing more women to senior leadership roles? Have unions fully grasped the power of social media, which has proved a powerful vehicle for creating spontaneous movements outside of the traditional union framework.  Panellists will also assess their reaction to the fight against corruption across many Latin American industries.

Enrique Stile, Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal, Buenos Aires

Vilma Toshie Kutomi, Mattos Filho, São Paulo
Santiago Marván Urquiza, Marván, González Graf y González Larrazolo, Mexico City
Ruben Cortiña, Secretary of International Affairs, Argentine Federation of Commerce and Services Workers (FAECYS) and World President, UNI Global Union, Buenos Aires

13.35: Networking lunch

14.55: Alternative compensation structures

Stock options can be helpful incentives for workers, while holiday, choice of location and flexibility increasingly appeal to younger generations.  Alternative compensation structures can have benefits for companies and employees alike, but what legislation do employers need to be aware of when implementing? For example, some countries have mandatory profit shares. 

Hugo Hernández-Ojeda Alvírez, Hogan Lovells, Mexico City

Ricardo Alemán, Morgan & Morgan, Panama
Maria Luisa Soter, Veirano, Rio de Janeiro
John Fahr, Resolution Economics, Washington DC

15.55: Coffee break

16.25: How to combat discrimination in the workplacea workshop

As the composition of the 21st Century workforce evolves, employers need to be more receptive to the challenges presented by increasingly diverse employee populations.  Many employees are having children later in life and others are involved in less traditional family relationships, including LGBT unions.  The legal issues associated with these changes include potential claims of age, gender and sexual orientation discrimination as well as the need to reasonably accommodate these employees.  What are the implications and legal issues presented by increased worklife expectancy, which in many countries in the region has increased by almost 10 years within the past 5 decades alone?

Anthony Oncidi, Proskauer Rose, Los Angeles

Maria González, Legal Counsel Head LAN, Syngenta, Bogotá
Patrick Martin, Greenberg Traurig, Miami
Paola Mora, Director, Associate General Counsel, Club Med, North America
Alexandre de Almeida Cardoso, TozziniFreire, São Paulo

17.30: Chairs’ closing remarks

Anthony Oncidi, Proskauer Rose, Los Angeles
Enrique Stile, Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal, Buenos Aires

17.40 onwards: All delegates are invited to the drinks reception kindly hosted by Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

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