A Spanish native speaker born in Puerto Rico, who is also fluent in English, Enrique is part of a growing team of international attorneys based in three countries with unique professional, educational, and language experience handling employment-law matters worldwide. Some recent representative projects handled by the Cross-Border Practice Group, working when necessary with our own network of locally-licensed affiliated practitioners, include: global restructuring projects (UK, Germany, UAE, France, Switzerland, Malaysia, Philippines, Japan, Canada); overtime and wage/hour compliance in multiple jurisdictions (Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Philippines, Canada, France, Puerto Rico); investigating allegations of sexual harassment and criminal assault (Australia, Thailand, Mexico, Chile); investigating allegations of abuse of financial protocols, including benefits fraud, unauthorized discounting and alleged kickbacks (Japan, France, Brazil); drafting and coordinating the rollout of global sales compensation plans, retention bonus plans, codes of conduct and electronic communications policies; review and updating employment contracts (Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, Peru, China, South Korea, Singapore, Bangladesh, Palestine, Philippines, UK, Germany, France, Spain, Brazil, Mexico); mitigating the multi-disciplinary risks associated with engaging independent contractors in foreign jurisdictions (China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Philippines, Taiwan, UK, Spain, India, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela); preparing employment handbooks and “work rules” (China, Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam, Angola, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina); advising concerning choice of law issues and the enforceability of US judgments overseas (China, Switzerland, Guinea) and the applicability of US employment laws to foreign decision makers (Switzerland, Germany, Thailand, Mexico, Angola); response to data privacy breaches (Germany, the Netherlands, Singapore, China); managing disability issues (Germany, Switzerland, Canada); preparing comparative anti-harassment trainings (Argentina, Colombia, Brazil, Uruguay, France, Germany, UK, Switzerland); establishing Global Employment Companies and other measures to mitigate the multidisciplinary risks associated with Global Mobility assignments (Bangladesh, Malta, the Netherlands, UK, China, Singapore, Canada); negotiating executive terminations (China, the Netherlands, Denmark, Mexico, Portugal, UK, Germany, Russia, Canada) as well as handling performance and conduct-based terminations and reductions-in-force (Trinidad, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, UK, Puerto Rico); special considerations for high-risk jurisdictions and government contractors (Afghanistan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Kuwait, Libya); preparing sales agency and distributorship agreements (Puerto Rico, Colombia); addressing labor, tax (payroll and corporate), and immigration issues inherent in cross-border hiring (Chile, Peru, Colombia); and managing employment litigation (France, Brazil, Dominican Republic, China, Canada).
Before joining Ogletree Deakins, Enrique served as a Senior Associate with the L&EL Department of Fiddler, Gonzalez, and Rodriguez, P.S.C., a Puerto Rico-based multiservice law firm. In this role, Enrique successfully handled all phases of single plaintiff and multi-plaintiff litigation, from investigation through appeal, securing the summary dismissal of claims and obtaining favorable judgments after trial for prominent local, national, and global companies. Furthermore, he developed first chair and second chair trial experience, first-chaired arbitrations and trial-type administrative proceedings, and counseled management with regard to workplace disputes arising under Title VII, ADEA, ADA, FMLA, FLSA, USERRA, WARN, and other federal and local employment statutes. Enrique also has experience in investigating allegations of employee misconduct and whistleblower complaints, and he is a contributing author to blog posts, 50-state surveys, and presentation materials regarding employment law issues.
Furthermore, Enrique has worked in the public sector, both in the executive and judicial branches of the government of Puerto Rico. He was appointed to and served as Director of the Legal Affairs Office of the Puerto Rico Vocational Rehabilitation Administration, a quasi-in-house counsel position; and, early in his career, he clerked for Efrain Rivera Perez, late Associate Justice of the Puerto Rico Supreme Court.