Janine Guzmán is Of Counsel of the Firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group. For over 25 years, Ms. Guzmán has represented and counseled corporate clients on complex labor and employment matters including hiring, wage and hour, statutory licenses and employee benefits, performance, discipline and termination, business restructurings, reductions in force and relocations, drug testing programs, discrimination, sexual harassment, affirmative action, employee privacy, confidentiality and restrictive covenants, defamation, safety in the workplace and immigration. She has developed an expertise in all areas of both the federal and local labor legal and regulatory aspects that is rare to find in a single attorney.
Janine counsels small, medium, and large national and international corporations regarding employment issues on an ongoing basis. She advises a wide range of businesses covering a number of sectors, such as, retail, whole sale, services, educational institutions, hotels and leisure, communications and manufacturing. Janine’s extensive experience includes wrongful discharges, employment discrimination proceedings at the federal, state, and local levels and defending claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act and Puerto Rico wage and hour laws; Unemployment Bureau, Industrial Commission, Anti-Discrimination Unit, the EEOC, OSHA, Arbitration and Conciliation Bureau and The National Labor Relations Board. Janine works closely with the Firm’s Corporate Department in conducting due diligences and/or assisting in the disclosures of employee and labor matters in different business mergers and acquisitions, either on the Buyers or Purchasers side, stock or asset purchase deals. During the last years, she has participated in important transactions involving finance institutions, communication companies and medical and hospital supplies distributors.
Ms. Guzmán is a member of the Retailer’s Committee of the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce and serves as lecturer in employment law seminars for The Society of Human Resources Management and the Council of Education in Management. Ms. Guzmán also counsels the Firm’s clients on the regulatory aspects of the Puerto Rico Department of Consumers Affairs, represents them in adjudicative proceedings before the agency and trains our clients’ management teams on DACO regulations.