Next Generation Partners

Labour and employment in Costa Rica

BDS Asesores

The powerhouse team at labour boutique BDS Asesores remains a market leader, advising local corporates and major multinationals on a comprehensive spectrum of matters across the practice area. Headed by employment law authority Marco Durante and firm co-founder Francisco Salas (who has expertise in preventive and corrective labour advice), the practice assists private and public sector clients with compensation schemes, disciplinary procedures, due diligence and internal restructuring, in addition to providing training seminars and full support in traditional labour litigation and complex administrative proceedings. Supported by associate Lucía Solórzano Salazar , who also specialises in immigration services, the team maintains an active client portfolio across such sectors as tech, medical devices and pharmaceuticals.

Responsables de la pratique:

Marco Durante; Francisco Salas

Les références

‘What makes the practice unique is the excellent service – prompt, thorough and assertive.’

‘The plus is its service, knowledge and specialisation in labour matters. Marco Durante and Francisco Salas are highly professional.’

‘A solid and professional team. They know how to listen to the needs of clients and offer a variety of solutions for the issues.’

Principaux clients






Smile Club Direct


Thomson Reuters



Principaux dossiers

  • Assisted PPG Industries with the standardisation of labour and employment practices in Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Belize.
  • Provided labour advice to Bayer in Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Dominican Republic.
  • Advised Align Technology in case concerning the legality of the application of doping tests by employers, where an active employee filed a constitutional claim, stating that his fundamental rights were violated.


With offices in 17 countries across Central America, Europe and Asia, the labour practice at ECIJA pairs deep bench strength with the experience of its team to provide a comprehensive service to national and multinational corporates, including major pharmaceutical companies Upjohn, Pfizer and Sanofi. Daniel Valverde leads the department, advising on a full range of matters, from compliance with data privacy laws and employee discrimination suits to collective bargaining and union negotiations. The team also remains active in such sectors as insurance, hospitality, direct sales and agro-chemicals.

Responsables de la pratique:

Daniel Valverde

Principaux clients





GSD International School





Grupo Sega


Pitzer College

Quálitas Seguros


Mercantil Farmacéutica (MEFASA)


Hotel Croc’s & Casino

Principaux dossiers

  • Defending a foreign country’s national embassy against an employment claim.
  • Advised a pharmaceutical company and reviewed almost 20 years of salary-in-kind case law to determine the best possible practice to determine the monetary amount of the salary-in-kind benefit.
  • Advised a private education company on the proper implementation of teleworking schemes to continue virtual lessons.


Employing the combined bench strength of three Costa Rican offices in San José, Puntarenas and Guanacaste, and six other offices across Latin America and Europe, the experienced team at BLP assists household-name multinationals (including Amazon, Uber and Microsoft) with a comprehensive range of matters across the practice area. Led by veteran litigator Randall González, the group’s full service covers representation in labour litigation, preventative advice, employment structure reviews and the handling of extrajudicial negotiations. With support at the associate level from Carla Sánchez (who handles administrative processes), Juan José Montero (who has expertise in audits and compliance reviews) and training programme specialist Alexandra Aguilar, the team’s client base spans such sectors as e-commerce, tech, hospitality, food and pharmaceuticals.

Les références

‘BLP’s labour practice has always been characterised by its excellence in making recommendations to the company in such a way that its interests are taken care of, and ensuring compliance with the law at all times. BLP is characterised by its excellent advice and the clarity of its recommendations.’

‘All professionals show great knowledge, experience and closeness to the company. They analyse different scenarios and make the pertinent recommendations within the established deadlines. Randall Gonzalez is an excellent attorney, with extensive experience. His advice is essential for decision-making within the company.’

‘The team stands out for its vast knowledge of the matter, where situations are always analysed so as not to leave any flank uncovered. The team’s availability to attend to queries and cases as soon as possible, with accurate information, is very important to me as a customer. They address situations that otherwise would have had a negative effect on the company.’

Lang & Asociados

The experienced labour and employment team at Lang & Asociados specialises in advising major multinational corporates seeking to establish operations in Costa Rica. The practice is headed by managing partner Henry Lang and immigration specialist Monica Romero, who has expertise in contractual issues, investigations and terminations, in addition to labour litigation, mediation and proceedings before the Ministry of Labour and the Costa Rican Social Security Fund. Senior associate Alejandro Garro provides support to clients in the tech, manufacturing and medical devices sectors. Representing household names including Mastercard and Microsoft, the team’s full service extends to regulatory registrations, the outsourcing of employees and the structuring of bonuses and incentives.

Responsables de la pratique:

Henry Lang; Monica Romero

Les références

‘The level of expertise and IT acumen that Lang’s staff has is a brilliant asset. It is a pleasure to work with professionals that deliver value in every interaction and anticipate your thoughts.’

‘Mónica Romero has a precise balance between absolute focus on the client and top-notch legal expertise.’

‘Alejandro Garro is an extremely articulate lawyer who brings to the table a whole different level of legal yet business-driven perspective.’

Principaux clients

Bill Gosling Outsourcing

Eurofins Scientific


Nitinol Devices & Components/Confluent Medical Technologies

Indian Industries

United Collection Bureau

Precision Coating Company




Builder Homesite

Sensient Technologies Corporation

Smart Fit


Newfire Global Partners

Synter Resource Group

Mitsubishi Materials Corporation

The Warnath Group,

SKIM Group


Beyondsoft Consulting


Menzies Aviation

DSV Air & Sea

Eagan Immigration

Mahar Tool Supply

Microsoft Corporation

Energy Freelance

Altanova Group


Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Nitinol Devices & Components/Confluent Medical Technologies on its day-to-day operations in Costa Rica, including preparing employment contracts, internal policies, memorandums for employees and legal opinions for management.
  • Advised Eurofins Scientific on disciplinary actions, the drafting of internal policies, employment contracts and memorandums, and complex terminations and separations.
  • Advised Smart Fit on all labour and employment matters relating to its continued expansion strategy in Costa Rica.

Aguilar Castillo Love

With ten offices in nine countries throughout Latin America, the experienced practice at Aguilar Castillo Love employs its regional bench strength to assist major multinational corporates with day-to-day employment issues, regulatory matters and on complex labour litigation. Alvaro Aguilar leads the team, bringing expertise in investigations, labour due diligence processes and compliance verifications. Other key figures include veteran litigator Eric Romero, corporate reputation specialist María Lucía Fischel and associate Gloriana Lara Ramos . Acting for household names including Coca-Cola and DHL, and active across the medical devices, food and beverages, logistics and financial services sectors, the practice’s full service extends to such issues as discrimination, sexual harassment and mobbing claims and teleworking issues.

Responsables de la pratique:

Alvaro Aguilar

Principaux clients

Smile Direct Club

Wright Medical

The Coca-Cola Company

Johnsons Control

Bolsa Nacional de Valores




TE Connectivity


TUI Destinations Services

Movable Ink


Larsen & Toubro Infotech


CWT (Carlson Wagonlit)




Zimmer Biotec

Siemens Medical

Whirlpool Corporation

JM Huber Corporation

Principaux dossiers

  • Provided Smile Direct Club’s human resources department with advice on compliance.
  • Advised the JM Huber Corporation on a compensatory agreement for a local executive.
  • Represented Synthes in a judicial proceedings involving a former employee who was dismissed for breach of duties that exposed the company to a breach of contract claim.


Headed by Carolina Soto, who is experienced in proceedings before the Supreme Court of Justice, the team at regional firm Arias provides regional corporates, major multinationals, financial institutions and private universities with day-to-day support on labour matters and representation in high-stakes litigation. With an active client base spanning the aviation, automotive, education, telecoms and tech sectors, the practice’s full service extends to advice on HR management procedures and the labour aspects of M&A, internal investigations, the establishment of training programmes and administrative claims.

Responsables de la pratique:

Carolina Soto

Les références

‘The Arias team is always willing to collaborate. They understand our business and its needs. In addition, they proactively give us recommendations to mitigate risks or advice on improving practices.’

‘Our main contact has been Carolina Soto, who stands out for being a professional with extensive knowledge in the field. She is always available to provide correct advice and also attends to enquiries.’

‘The Arias labour law team is very solid. I deeply appreciate its knowledge of labour law and dedication to solving our problems. They have a focus on getting results.’

Principaux clients

American Tower



ADOC – Canatur – JR Sánchez



Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for global wireless communications provider American Tower in a labour lawsuit for over $5m against an economic group alleging an employment relationship with a former business partner.
  • Advised INCAE on the labour lawsuit of an ex-employee who had international mission status and claimed labour rights of the entire relationship with the business school.
  • Advised Elsa Technology, a computer hardware company headquartered in Japan, on a labour lawsuit brought against the company by an independent contractor who claimed labour rights in the entire relationship.

Bufete Godinez y Asociados

The team at boutique labour and employment firm Bufete Godinez y Asociados has expertise in advising national and multinational corporates, insurers, financial institutions and public sector clients on day-to-day matters and representing them in complex litigation. The practice’s services are divided into five key areas, covering litigation, advisory, collective bargaining, social research and corporate responsibility. Headed by firm founder Alexander Godinez Vargas, a former alternate magistrate of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice, and, at the associate level, by counseling and advisory coordinator Isabel Jaramillo and litigation practice director José Miguel Granados, the team acts for high-profile clients in the telecoms, real estate, aviation and hospitality industries, as well as displaying particular strength in the retail sector. In addition, the group assists with social audits, the structuring of internal policies, administrative processes and human resources management.

Les références

‘The firm has the enormous advantage of being an employment law boutique. This has the effect of specialising all its members in that subject.’

‘Personalised service.’

‘Alexander Godinez has great technical skill and provides timely advice.’

Consortium Legal

With a strong regional presence in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua, the experienced team at Consortium Legal has expertise in advising financial institutions, local hospitality industry clients and multinational corporates on a broad spectrum of matters across the labour and employment space. Led by Osvaldo Madriz, an expert in corporate labour law, along with Mario Quesada-Bianchini, the group’s full service includes support on the labour aspects of M&A transactions, administrative proceedings, complex litigation, immigration issues and social security regulatory compliance. Gerardo Delgado , who was promoted to senior associate in April 2022, is also noted.

Responsables de la pratique:

Osvaldo Madriz; Mario Quesada-Bianchini

Les références

‘They are always quick in responding to enquiries.’

‘The Consortium team, led by Osvaldo Madriz, has a modern vision of labour law, and is always up to date with new regulations and trends in labour matters.’

‘Osvaldo Madriz is exceptional in his customer service and has a very clear focus on the application of regulations to different industries, such as the hotel or service sector.’

Dentons Muñoz

The employment, labour and business immigration group at Dentons Muñoz utilises its regional network of seven offices in six countries and its bespoke Dentons Direct cloud system (which streamlines case tracking) to provide a comprehensive service to such global corporates as Starbucks and Amazon. The team is led by Anna Karina Jiménez, who is experienced in assisting clients with contract terminations, the employment aspects of M&A, compliance audits, the negotiation and drafting of employment contracts, collective bargaining matters, employee benefits programmes, internal work regulations, labour litigation, and the negotiating and drafting employment contracts. With an active client roster spanning the tech, pharmaceuticals, retail and real estate industries, the practice receives support from senior associate and preventative risk management specialist Silvia Hernández (who joined from Arias in April 2021) and associate Johann Montero Brenes  (who arrived from accounting group Centeno y Asociados in August 2021).

Responsables de la pratique:

Anna Karina Jiménez

Principaux clients





American Tower Corporation







Glatfelter (PH Glatfelter Co)

Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD)



LL Bean

Organon Pharma


Helm 360




Palo Alto Networks


Blake Mycoskie


Del Mar Health

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Organon Pharma on the setting up of operations in Costa Rica and other Latin American jurisdictions, including preliminary labour law advice applicable to new hires and governmental entity registrations.
  • Advised Panduit on a labour lawsuit filed by a former high-level executive.
  • Advised Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD) on day-to-day employment and labour matters.

Facio & Cañas

Powered by two teams – one led by experienced litigator Luis Sánchez Montero and the other headed by senior associate and administrative proceeding specialist Nelson Loaiza – the practice at Facio & Cañas advises household-name multinationals including Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and IBM on a full range of labour and employment matters. Montero is supported by Mauricio Bolaños, who has expertise in alternative dispute resolution, compensation packages and termination agreements. With a client portfolio spanning the sports, food and beverages, automotive and tech sectors, the team’s services extend to payroll restructuring, regulatory compliance and immigration issues.

Responsables de la pratique:

Luis Sánchez; Nelson Loaiza

Principaux clients

Coca Cola Femsa

Establishment Labs

McDonald’s Costa Rica (Arcos Dorados Centroamérica)

Asociación de Jugadores Profesionales de Futbol (ASOJUPRO)

APL Services Center Costa Rica

Oracle Centroamérica

Agencia Datsun

Zimmer Biomet Centroamérica

Kapital Asesores Patrimoniales

Fujitsu Consulting Costa Rica



United World College Costa Rica

Autopistas del Sol – Globalvía

Lincoln School

PROCOMER (Promotora del Comercio Exterior de Costa Rica)

Anixter Costa Rica



Grupo Numar

Agroquímica Industrial RIMAC

Warner Music México

Caeser’s Pizza (Little Caesar’s)

Telus International AI Costa Rica

SPS Security

Principaux dossiers

  • Assisted PROCOMER (Promotora del Comercio Exterior de Costa Rica) with an organisational restructuring of positions and management through bilateral mediation agreements.
  • Successfully represented 300 former employees who were not paid severance when Continental AFA left Costa Rica.
  • Represented Gioryanela Badilla in a lawsuit against Panduit for a discriminatory dismissal.

BG&A Abogados Corporativos

The labour and employment team at BG&A Abogados Corporativos assists investors, local corporates, multinationals and entrepreneurs with labour dispute resolution, training of personnel in labour and harassment matters, and preventative audits. The team is led by founding partner Benjamín Gutiérrez, who brings over 20 years of litigation experience to the table, with key support at the associate level from education law specialist María Gabriela Monge and Nicole Damha, who prepares and manages judicial and administrative hearings. The team maintains a client base across the telecoms, healthcare, sports and construction sectors, with a strong offering in retail and education.

Responsables de la pratique:

Benjamín Gutiérrez

Principaux clients

Office Depot

Universidad Internacional Sek


RGIS Servicios Costa Rica

Sherwin Williams


Grupo Sur

Telefónica (Movistar)

Banco Nacional de Costa Rica

Proyectos de Acceso Proa

Saint Clare

Profesionales en Cómputo (PROCOM)

Principaux dossiers

  • Assisted Office Depot with the preparation and processing of the registration of Internal Work Regulations.
  • Represented Artelec in a matter where the Costa Rican Social Security Fund initiated a collection process against the company.
  • Advised Unión Española SADP on the implementation and approval of a protocol for harassment and non-discrimination in women’s soccer in Chile.

EY Law Central America

With eight offices in seven countries (including the March 2022 opening of a Pacific Coast office in the Guanacaste province), the labour and employment group at regional firm EY Law Central America utilises deep bench strength and a multidisciplinary approach, coordinating with its tax and finance teams to advise local corporates and household-name multinationals such as Bayer and Microsoft on a comprehensive range of matters across the practice area. Fernando Vargas leads the team along with senior associate Laura Navarrete, who is responsible for the firm’s employment practices in Central America, Panama and the Caribbean. Maintaining a client base across the automotive, telecoms, tobacco and hospitality sectors, the group’s full service includes compensation scheme and employee policy review, due diligence, risk management, and representation in administrative proceedings.

Responsables de la pratique:

Fernando Vargas; Laura Navarrete

Les références

‘They are very helpful, and are always attentive to the needs of the client and to all the details to ensure that the action plan is carried out in a timely manner. The team take care of all aspects of the business they are serving.’

‘I have had several multi-jurisdictional matters that have been addressed by the firm and their network of professionals. They are thorough, timely and direct. The diversity of the firm is evident and appreciated, as is, most of all, their integrity in representing our business.’

Principaux clients

Liberty Latin America


Boston Consulting Group

Kimberly Clark

Microsoft Regional Operations



National Convention Center of Costa Rica

Fundación Gente


On Process

Green Hotels



Hospital La California


Principaux dossiers

  • Assisted Centro Nacional de Convenciones (Costa Rican National Convention Centre) with the application of labour and employment measures in response to Covid-19, such as the reduction of the employees’ shifts.
  • Advised Boston Consulting Group (BCG) on the labour and employment aspects of launching operations in Costa Rica.
  • Provided Inchcape with advice on employment policies and compensation schemes.

Oller Abogados

The labour practice at Oller Abogados provides a broad range of services to corporates at the regional and multinational levels. Led by senior partner and litigation practice head Ricardo Vargas, the group’s services cover employee contracts, the structuring of internal investigations, terminations, the development of training programmes and the negotiation of settlements. Supported by associate Carlos Arias, who has experience in labour arbitrations, conciliations and mediations, the group’s active client base includes household names such as Experian and Western Union and spans the financial services, aviation, tech and construction sectors.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ricardo Vargas

Les références

‘Carlos Arias is flexible and available, punctual and clear.’

‘The team is very professional and knows the subject area, and offers quick and agile responses.’

‘They are knowledgeable and collaborative and offer prompt responses. I would like to highlight the service of Carlos Arias and Ricardo Vargas, who are available and attentive to our queries.’

Principaux clients

Western Union



Petróleos Delta


SOS Kinderdorf (Aldeas Infantiles SOS)

Copa Airlines



Cámara Costarricense de la Construcción

Principaux dossiers

  • Provided labour law training sessions for all Experian’s leaders and managers located in Costa Rica and abroad.
  • Advising SOS Kinderdorf (Aldeas Infantiles SOS), an NGO, on changes to the structure of the local office and practices, adapting its employment contracts, and keeping complete documentation of all its employment relationships.

Quatro Legal

The labour law team at Quatro Legal provides a one-stop shop to national and multinational corporates, dividing its practice into branches: employment (drafting contracts and work policies), conflict resolution and labour disputes (which includes handling judicial and administrative litigation processes), and social security and workshops (covering internal corporate policies and coaching and training programmes). Led by Marcela Acosta, who has experience in recruitment, personnel management and termination matters, the group’s full service extends to workplace labour audits, payroll issues, the structuring of compensation packages, internal disciplinary procedures, collective bargaining agreements and social security compliance. The team’s client base spans the energy, fitness and hospitality sectors.

Responsables de la pratique:

Marcela Acosta

Les références

‘Quatro Legal provides security and is trustworthy. The integrity with which they handle all situations gives me confidence.’

‘I have worked with Marcela Acosta. Her handling of different situations is detailed and precise, always in an environment of total respect and integrity.’

Principaux clients

Central de Servicios

Enel Green Power Costa Rica

Productive Business Solutions (Costa Rica)

Grupo Valeste

Rivet Logic Costa Rica

GFT Costa Rica

Growth Acceleration Partners

Promoción Médica

Fernández y Aguilar

Laticrete de Costa Rica

Itek Soluciones Integrales

Nelipak Costa Rica

Sfera Legal

The experienced team at Sfera Legal coordinates with its corporate department and offices in New York, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador to advise local and multinational corporates including Dell and Sony on the full range of labour law issues. Headed by founding partner Eric Scharf, the practice’s full service includes alternative dispute resolution, the development of internal company policies, labour litigation and due diligence. Supported at the associate level by Erika Barrantes, who has experience in terminations, negotiations and preventative advice, the team remains active in the pharmaceutical, transport, tech and hospitality sectors.

Responsables de la pratique:

Eric Scharf Taitelbaum

Principaux clients

Abbott Laboratories



Pan-American Life Insurance

Sony Electronics

Cheetah Digital

Laboratorios Raven

Establishments Labs

Transporte Costa Costa de Guatemala

Bodhi Tree Hotel

Pranamar Villas & Yoga Resort


Kuiki Credit

Agencia Marítima Transmares Costa Rica

Flor Blanca Hotel

Outpost Nosara

Wyde Corporation

Corporación AGP

Principaux dossiers

  • Assisted a maritime transport company with drafting a policy on mandatory vaccination against Covid-19 to be included in its internal guidelines.
  • Advised various clients on starting operations in Costa Rica, which involved diligence reports, labour compliance and other services.
  • Acted for Dell Costa Rica in a labour lawsuit.