Labour and employment in Paraguay

Irún & Villamayor

Focusing exclusively on labour and employment matters, boutique firm Irún & Villamayor is the first port of call for local and international clients seeking sector-related advice. The team focuses primarily on individual and collective labour law, social security and labour disputes, and provides ongoing consultancy to a weighty roster of clients from the shipping, agribusiness, construction and pharmaceutical sectors, in particular. The service offering includes counselling on workplace safety, special work contracts, termination of employment and the negotiation of collective agreements. Highly-rated advisors include founding partners Joaquín Irún Grau  and Félix Villamayor.

FERRERE

FERRERE 's four-strong practice covers the full range of labour matters, including transactional due diligence, termination of employment contracts and compliance issues. Marysol Estigarribia heads the practice group, which acts exclusively for employers and is particularly strong in litigation. Standout work saw the department advise logistics company Interbarge on the suspension of 42 labour contracts for a period of 90 days without pay, which required the employees' approval and authorisation of the Ministry of Labour in record time. International corporate heavyweights feature prominently in the firm's client portfolio, which includes Samsung, Unilever and ThyssenKrupp. Key senior associate Cindy Santacruz left to establish Perez Santacruz Contadores y Abogados in September 2018.

Vouga Abogados

Transaction-related labour transfers, implementation of regulations and collective bargaining agreements are all areas of expertise for Vouga Abogados' labour practice. Under the leadership of Perla Alderete, the three-partner team led advice to Copetrol on a due diligence for the acquisition of Petrobras, which involved complex analysis of possible contingencies regarding labour liabilities and on-going contracts. The department continues to assist Colgate-Palmolive de Paraguay with the termination of employees with special stability. The team can also count on leading labour litigator Mirtha dos Santos and highly-active associate Walter Vera. Other notable clients include Microsoft Corporation and Prosegur Paraguay.

BKM | Berkemeyer

Hugo Aponte leads the labour team at BKM | Berkemeyer , which is well-versed in contractual matters, compliance, dismissals, employment disputes, sexual harassment in the workplace and all forms of discrimination. Immigration-related matters, including coordinating international and temporary employment, is a key strength of the team. Recent engagements involved advising sustainable farming company Rizobacter on the negotiation of a dismissal of an important employee entitled to job stability. Exxis Paraguay and Cadiem Casa de Bolsa are also part of the firm's client list. Associate Verónica Recalde joined from Kemper - Dejesus & Pangrazio in October 2018.

Estudio Jurídico Gross Brown

Estudio Jurídico Gross Brown's labour practice offers advice to both companies and employees in the field of social security and employment law. Typical instructions entail assisting with termination and bargaining strategies in individual and collective disputes, domestic work regimes, methods of recruitment and compliance matters. María del Pilar Callizo heads the four-strong team which acts for a client roster of primarily domestic and Latin American corporations. Key associate Marlene López left the team in 2018.

Moreno Ruffinelli & Asociados

The labour department at Moreno Ruffinelli & Asociados is noted for its comprehensive advice on non-contentious labour and social security matters. Recent headline mandates involved acting as legal counsel to Manpower Paraguay on various matters, including the provision of personnel for Huawei, negotiation process of an employee with special stability and minimum wages for bank employees. Frigomerc and JBS Paraguay joined the firm's client roster with the team now advising them primarily with regard to collective bargaining processes. Noteworthy practitioners include practice head José Moreno Ruffineli and associate  Rocío Penayo.

Olmedo Abogados

Olmedo Abogados fields a labour and employment practice that is frequently instructed by domestic and regional clients operating in a range of sectors. The broad service offering comprises advice on recruitment strategies, termination of employment, labour audits, immigration, employees' benefits and work accidents, as well as individual and collective labour disputes. Social security expert Susana Ramos and Ana Valiente, who specialises in labour litigation, jointly head the seven-strong team.

Peroni Sosa Tellechea Burt & Narvaja

Peroni Sosa Tellechea Burt & Narvaja's labour department offers comprehensive advice on labour disputes, regulatory counselling and termination of employment. The team recently assisted La Ley Paraguaya in its restructuring plan to reduce staff, reaching agreements with employees. Another standout matter included representing Fundacion Moises Bertoni in a moral damage claim for professional illness and unjustified dismissal of an employee. Other significant clients include Transportes Aéreos del Mercosur, Avanza Paraguaya and Mercopar. The well-regarded Pelucia Gimenez was promoted to partnership in September 2018.