Wednesday, 9th October 2019, W Hotel South Beach, Miami

In the wake of changing labour laws and political movements in the region, Latin America’s employment landscape remains a hotly debated topic. This conference covers the trends affecting employer and employee relationships and considers how companies can stay on top of legal developments affecting them and their workforce. Speakers will consider how employees’ health-related issues – such as mental health, drug abuse and ill children – are affecting employers. Panellists will discuss how unions are currently faring in the global economy, taking into account the impact of digital markets, outsourcing and social media, among other developments, on the modern-day employee. A diagnostics workshop will see panellists lead a session on how to defend companies against employment-related complaints.

E-mail Tel: +44 20 3780 4137

Chairs

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 focuses on full employment advice for multinational and local corporations, especially in mergers and acquisitions, transference of employees, rightsizings, union issues, compensation programs and in adapting international policies and programs to local legislation. He has also a strong background in negotiating employment conditions and termination agreements with expatriates and key employees and in multi-jurisdictional labor advice. He has been nominated as leader in his area by the international publications Chambers & Partners, Who’s Who Legal and Global Law Experts.

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.

Programme

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: Keynote speaker

10.15: 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.

11.15: Coffee break 

11.45: 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?

12.45: 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.

13.45: Networking lunch

15.00: 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. 

16.00: Coffee break

16.30: 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?

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

Further information

For further information or sponsorship opportunities, please call +44 203 780 4137 or email llevents@latinlawyer.com

Venue

W Hotel South Beach, 2201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA

Testimonials

  • “Latin Lawyer conferences provide a great forum for the latest industry trends and regulations as well as networking with the leading industry players in the region. The quality of speakers and topics of discussion deliver a balanced academic and practical view of the law.” Marco Solano, Aguilar Castillo Love

Prices

Private Practitioner
Type Price Expires
Super Early $850  30 Aug 2019
Early $1,050 27 Sep 2019
Standard $1,250 09 Nov 2019

 

In-house/governmental
Type Price
Standard
Complimentary