Labor and Social Security

FERRERE’s practice group in Labor Law, Labor Relations, Migration and Social Security consists of over twenty professionals with strong academic training and broad experience, who advise local and foreign clients in all sectors of industry, commerce and services. The team represents, among others, Lloyds TSB Bank, Nestlé, Tupperware, Adecco, Frigorífico Carlos Schneck, Nike, Tienda Inglesa, Affinia Group, Yazaki, Petrobras, Weyerhaeuser, British Hospital, Abbott Laboratories, Sanofi Aventis, Royal Bank of Canada, Credit Suisse, RBS Coutts, Schlumberger, Vale, Unilever, Ericsson, Leoni, Worleyparsons, MMR Group, Inter RAO Export, Autolíder, Isdefe and PDVSA.

Our professionals provide advice on setting up operations in Uruguay, handling residence procedures, hiring foreign and local personnel, social security contributions, designing and implementing different types of employment contracts, and remuneration policies. They also assist on collective suspension of activities before the labor administration authority, conducting administrative investigations, preventive legal advice, restructuring and outsourcing processes, preparation of internal policies, drafting of internal regulations and assistance on their approval processes at the Ministry of Labor, and defining codes of ethics, workplace conditions, and job safety. They also conduct labor due diligence procedures in corporate transfers and acquisitions, and assist on implementation of major changes in labor law in each jurisdiction.

Our Labor practice attorneys regularly represent clients in individual labor claims and actions, as well as in collective bargaining processes and conflicts, and lead complex talks between companies, unremovable employees and unions. They are recognized specialists in company defense in suits brought by employees or former employees, obtaining a high percentage of success. They also defend clients in government administrative proceedings.

FERRERE accompanies clients and provides advice on social security issues including administrative procedures for registering local and foreign employees, and notification of work accidents and illnesses. It also counsels on procedures for activating benefits, implementing international social security agreements, and exercising client rights in the social security system.


“...This team has a well-regarded banking team and is praised for its capital markets expertise...”

Chambers Latin America Uruguay

“...Ferrere provides a service of international standard, according to clients: ‘The fierce commitment of the senior lawyers, their proactive approach and continual contact makes it feel like a USA...”

Chambers Latin America Uruguay

“...Clients praise the labour team´s commitment to providing results and solutions to business issues. The large department offers the range of service across the labour area, including day-to-day advice companies, collective bargaining, prevention of conflicts and litigation...”

Chambers Latin America Uruguay

“...This team has a good reputation for its preventative advice on labour issues. It is up-to-date and extremely knowledgeable on the different local regulations, while its useful network of offices in the country means it is 'well prepared and able to react quickly when facing different scenarios, especially in a time of crisis.'...”

Chambers Latin America Uruguay

“...This ‘reliable and dedicated team’ has a ‘highly client-driven approach’ and delivers ‘outstanding, high-quality advice’ and ‘an extremely responsive service’...”

Chambers Latin America Uruguay

“...Aggressive market leader with regional presence...”

Latin Lawyer

“...Comfortably Uruguay´s largest law firm...”

Latin Lawyer

“full of capable professionals (...) ready to work extremely hard to maintain the firm’s number-one reputation”

Chambers Global




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