Labour and employment in Dominican Republic

Guzmán Ariza

High-profile tourism and sports-sector companies entrust Guzmán Ariza with sensitive and complex labour law matters; the team handles a broad range of contentious and non-contentious employment issues, counting labour litigation, hiring and dismissals, employment contracts, collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) and union negotiations among its areas of expertise. The group is also strong in representing senior executives in employment disputes. Labour law expert Rubén García, based in the Samaná office, jointly leads the practice with Rhadaisis Espinal, who is well known for her expertise in litigation. La Romana-based Alfredo Guzmán, real estate law expert Fabio Guzmán Ariza and Julio Brea Guzmán in Puerto Plata are also active in this space.

Key clients

Club Med

Pawa Dominicana

Major League Baseball

Lifestyle Holidays Vacation Resort

SH Cacao CO Partners LP

Sosúa Ocean Village

Orica Dominicana, S.A.

Grupo Laugama

GAP Medics

TravelSmart

Work highlights

  • Defending PAWA Dominicana in multiple labour lawsuits arising from the company’s high-profile insolvency and subsequent restructuring.
  • Assisting GAP Medics with hirings and dismissals.
  • Acting for chemical manufacturer Orica Dominicana in a number of contested dismissal cases.

Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández

Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández's 'highly professional and knowledgeable' team balances a busy caseload of labour disputes, including cases before the Supreme Court. Other areas of instruction include restructuring, union conflicts and contracts-related work, and the team acts for an international client base, with particular expertise in the telecoms sector. Practice head Tomás Hernández is considered 'one of the most knowledgeable lawyers in labour matters in the Dominican Republic'. Manuel Madera and senior associate Federico Pinchinat are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Tomás Hernández

Testimonials

The team is highly professional and knowledgeable‘.

Tomás Hernández is one of the most knowledgeable lawyers in labour matters in the Dominican Republic‘.

Manuel Madera and Federico Pinchinat have good client care and availability‘.

Key clients

New York Yankees

The Philadelphia Phillies

LA Dodgers

MercaSID, S.A.

Consorcio Azucarero Central

Johnson & Johnson

ARS Palic Salud

ISLA DOMINICANA DE PETRÓLEO CORPORATION (SHELL)

GRUPO PUNTACANA

Claro Dominicana

Work highlights

  • Defending The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints against a labour lawsuit filed by the Construction Workers’ Pension Scheme (CWPS).
  • Defending the Los Angeles Dodgers against a labour lawsuit filed by a former employee.
  • Advising GlaxoSmithKline on the labour aspects of its joint venture with Pfizer.

ECIJA DVMS

ECIJA DVMS counts labour litigation as a core strength, although the team is also adept at handling restructuring, dismissals, outsourcing and regulatory matters. The firm benefits from its broad office network, and acts for a client base of high-profile sports teams, banks, technology companies and pharmaceutical corporations. Gabriel Dejarden and Edward Salcedo jointly head the practice; associate Arístides Victoria is noted for his expertise in labour disputes.

Key clients

Atlanta Braves

Texas Rangers

Houston Astros

Work highlights

  • Assisting a professional baseball team with terminating employee contracts in Venezuela and the Dominican Republic.
  • Defended the Atlanta Braves against a labour lawsuit filed by a former team member who claimed unlawful contractual termination.

Pellerano & Herrera

The 'highly prepared' team at Pellerano & Herrera advises multinational companies on labour law matters connected to their operations in the Dominican Republic; clients includes technology, tourism and pharmaceutical companies. Carolina Leon, who was promoted to partner in 2019, led the advice to Carnival Cruise Lines on hiring employees and regulatory matters. The group is led jointly by labour litigation expert Lucy Objío and special counsel Isabel Andrickson.

Practice head(s):

Lucy Objío; Isabel Andrickson

Testimonials

The team is highly prepared, and has a lot of knowledge of employment matters in the Dominican Republic‘.

Work highlights

  • Provides legal assistance on labour matters in relation to Carnival’s Amber Cove sea port; recent work includes advice on regulations and the hiring of employees.

Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti

Georges Santoni Recio leads the practice at Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti, which is 'knowledgeable about regulatory matters'; outsourcing agreements, labour disputes and contracts-related work are also prominent in the group's recent workload. José Maldonado Stark and Ariel Jáquez Núñez are also key contacts, as is senior associate Yissel De León Burgos, who joined from an in-house role in 2019 and draws on previous experience as a labour law judge.

Practice head(s):

Georges Santoni Recio

Testimonials

The team is professional and knowledgeable about regulatory matters‘.

Key clients

Dominican Garden Products Inc.

Senosiain Laboratorios

Renaissance Partners

Siemens Mobility S.R.L.

Acquire BPO

Pfizer Dominicana, SRL

Movix Republic Dominicana, SRL

Brugal

Saint George Education Complex, S.A.

Domicem

Cortes Hermanos

Fresenius Medical Care Dominicana, SRL

Work highlights

  • Acted for Mexico-based pharmaceutical company Senosiain Laboratorios in a long-running dispute with a former employee.
  • Assisting telecoms company Movix Republic Dominicana with outsourcing agreements and contractual termination matters.