SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Employment Law


SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is the largest and the leading full-service law firm in the Philippines, with its principal office in Makati, the financial and business center of metropolitan Manila, and branch offices in Cebu City, Davao City and Subic . Although the firm's practice centers on business activities, it has since its founding offered a broad and integrated range of legal services that cover such areas as family relations, constitutional issues, and other matters of law unrelated to commerce.

The firm's practice is diversified, as reflected in its seven principal departments: Banking, Finance & Securities, Corporate Services, Intellectual Property, Employment and Immigration, Litigation, Special Projects, and Tax. Within this structure, certain of the firm's lawyers are involved in further fields of specialization, such as immigration, shipping, and maritime law. Four of the firm's partners are admitted to the New York bar.

The firm represents enterprises in many fields, including construction, energy, manufacturing, mining, banking and financial services. In addition to domestic, foreign, and multinational business corporations, the firm represents individuals, non-profit institutions, governmental agencies, and multilateral organizations.

In the field of employment and immigration, the firm represents clients in compulsory and voluntary arbitration as well as in adversarial and non-adversarial labor proceedings, including strikes, unfair labor practice cases, standard complaints, employee money claims, and other conflicts between labor and management. The firm has long experience and a successful track record in collective bargaining in the banking, financial, manufacturing, and industrial sectors. The firm also advices clients on matters of labor and employment, whether in unionized or non-unionized settings, including issues involving the implementation of company policies and regulations, the effects of merger and other corporate restructuring, the adoption of labor-saving devices, and the organization of labor-management committees and councils. The firm also conducts labor audits and prepares and reviews company employment policies, personnel manuals, rules and regulations.

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