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Our Latin America Employment and Compensation Team is pleased to provide you with this quick guide for employers, dealing with some of the most pressing issues employers are currently faced with in light of the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Use this guide to stay informed and take action in your workplace, but note that as this situation evolves, so too will the guidance and laws affecting employers in each jurisdiction. The information in this document is presented as of March 12, 2020; the high level guidance in this document is not intended to be comprehensive legal advice.

  1. Can we require employees to work from home?
  2. What if an employee can’t practically carry out their work from home – can they be required to take paid leave? Do we have to pay their salary anyway?
  3. Are employees who self-isolate entitled to be paid as usual?
  4. Can employees refuse to come to work?
  5. Health checks / medical testing: can we require our employees to have their temperatures checked or run other health checks?
  6. What are my obligations around maintaining a safe working environment?
  7. Can an employee refuse to travel?
  8. Should employers cancel events that require travel?
  9. Business shutdowns due to the virus outbreak – what options are available to employers?

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Carlos Dodds has extensive experience in the area of employment law. He is managing partner of Baker McKenzie’s Buenos Aires office, champion of Diversity & Inclusion in Latin America, and vice president of the Private Bar Association of the City of Buenos Aires. He joined the Firm in 1990 and became a partner in 1999. Carlos served as chair of various practice groups in the Firm including the the Latin American Labor & Employment Practice Group from 2004 to 2008, Global Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits Practice Group from 2010 to 2014, and the Labor & Employment Practice Group of the Buenos Aires Office since 1994. He also served as chair of the Firm’s Client Credit Appeal Committee from 2008 to 2014.


Maria del Rosario Lombera-González is a partner and member of Baker McKenzie's Employment Practice Group in Mexico City. She was a member of the Mexican Commission of Employers before the International Labour Organization at annual conferences in the Commissions of Social Security and Globalization and Employment, and has participated in several meetings of seasoned practitioners in the field of social security. Rosario joined Baker McKenzie Abogados in 1985 and became a partner in 2005.


Monica Pizzaro is a lawyer with experience in advising on labor, pension and social security law to public and private companies and state institutions, as well as in sponsorship in judicial processes. She has been a consultant for the Gender and Employment Program of the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Academy of the Magistracy, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate teaching at various universities. She is president of the Peruvian Society of Labor and Social Security Law.


Andres Valdes heads the Labor & Employment Practice Group of the Santiago office. He has more than 18 years of experience in advising Chilean and foreign companies in the areas of employment contracts, litigation, immigration, social security and pension funds, international executive transfers, workforce reductions, CBAs and union negotiations. He also has experience in corporate law matters, leading the acquisition of local businesses by foreign investors. He has provided pro bono advise to education foundations in Santiago.


Carlos A. Felce sits on the Steering Committee of Baker McKenzie's Latin America Employment and Labor Practice Group, and is one of the coordinators of the Firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group in Venezuela. He is ranked among the leading labor and employment lawyers in Venezuela by Chambers Latin America. Mr. Felce is also a professor of labor law at Universidad Católica Andrés Bello and Universidad Metropolitana.


Tatiana Garces Carvajal is a lawyer and a specialist in Labor Law, graduated from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, with post-graduate studies in Commercial Law from Universidad de los Andes. She has over 30 years of experience advising major clients on matters related to individual and collective Labor Law. For three years, she worked at Alcalis de Colombia, occupying the positions of Director in charge of the HR Department, head of the Legal Division of the Betania Plant, and as a Lawyer in the Legal Department. Previously, she worked as Head of the Personnel Department at AGA Ltda., and as a paralegal at the law firm Esguerra, Gamba, Barrera y Arriaga Asociados. In addition to her experience as professor, lecturer, author of several publications and arbitrator in labor collective disputes, she served as technical adviser to the employers’ delegate for Colombia at the 98th Session of the International Labor Organization in Geneva (2015). She also participated at the 93rd Conference (2009). Currently, Tatiana is a member of the Javeriana University Law School Council representing graduates from Universidad Javeriana. She joined Baker McKenzie Bogotá office in 1992 as an Associate in the Labor Law department and was appointed partner on July 1st, 2000. In 2017 she was appointed as Managing Partner for Baker McKenzie Bogotá office, which made her the first woman in Colombia to hold this position in a law firm. In addition to this position, she led the Employment and Compensation group in Latin America, until June of 2021. In the exercise of these functions, Tatiana was part of the Steering Committee of the Global Employment and Compensation Group, as well as of the Global Policy Committee of Baker McKenzie. Currently, she is part of the Employment and Compensation Steering Committee for Latin America, leads the Bogotá Employment & Compensation practice and as a member at large is part of the Global Employment & Compensation Steering Committee of Baker McKenzie.


Javiera Medina Reza is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Mexico City office. Javiera has been practicing labor law for over 18 years. Prior to joining the Firm in January 2014, she worked as an associate in the labor and social security departments of two law firms in Mexico, and became a partner in 2012 in an international firm devoted to labor and employment matters. Javiera was an active participant in Ius Laboris, a global alliance of law firms, who provide specialized labor counsel to its clients, and the Lex Mundi Institute, Labor and Employment Practice Group. Javiera has been acknowledged by Chambers & Partners Latin America for her dedication and competence in labor and social security litigation, and recognized by Legal 500 Latin America as a legal advisor praised for her technical knowledge and studied opinions.


Liliana Hernandez-Salgado is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Mexico City office. Named a Rising Star in The Legal 500 2019 review, she counsels clients on matters related to labor and employment law. Liliana has 12 years' experience in providing domestic and cross-border strategic consulting as well as advice on employment and compensation matters. She has vast knowledge in areas of employment law associated with corporate reorganizations and mergers and acquisitions.