Services

 

  • Consulting

    Consulting in Individual and Collective Bargaining Law

    The Argentine Labour Law is composed of a complex web of highly regulatory and dynamic rules. In this context, a high specialization in the labour field becomes an essential factor both at the time of making decisions and defending corporate interests.

    Based on this, Funes de Rioja & Asociados makes an integral approach to the labour issues, taking also into account the interdisciplinary nature that must characterize the professional counseling in that field. In this sense, each aspect of the Industrial Relations area needs a deep and exhaustive expertise to identify core issues and find suitable solutions.

    It is evident that the Employment Law must increasingly harmonize with the advantages that the Labour Law offers through the social dialogue materialized in collective bargaining.

    Traditionally, in Argentina, labour unions have been historically characterized by their centralized and structured power. By law they represent the workers of almost all the industrial, commercial and service rendering sectors. They are also the main health services providers as they manage and control the Health Management Organizations for workers and their dependent family groups. Therefore, they have a strong political and economic power that calls for a careful professional service based on the deep knowledge of the legal regulatory framework and the solid experience acquired in the bargaining and negotiation of uncountable conflicts.

    Funes de Rioja & Asociados provides its clients with the necessary tools to achieve the changes leading to obtain the permanent competitive advantages that are essential in today's labour market, in order to improve efficiency and costs at the time of deciding an investment.

    Labour Legislation

    • A complete and interdisciplinary approach to labour issues.
    • Work organization.
    • Administrative disputes related to the Labour Law.

    Labour Policy

    • The 'labour policy' cannot be separated from the integral strategy that enterprises adopt in the human resources field.
    • Our professional team is composed of specialists in organizational restructuring, employment, personnel selection, education, professional training and career development in the understanding that these disciplines cannot be separated from the legal and/or bargaining framework in force.
    • Employment promotion and tax exemption programs for corporate investment in professional training and education-oriented activities.

    Industrial Relations

    • Management and strategy in negotiation and labour and employment disputes.
    • Analysis of the corporate labour situation.
    • Labour restructuring and labour crisis prevention procedure.
    • Participation in the preparation of offers for acquisitions, mergers and privatization processes.
    • Voluntary Retirement Plans
    • Compensation structures and reward policies

    Training courses for HR and Legal Departments.

  • Judicial Administration

    Labour and Social Security Litigation

    Funes de Rioja & Asociados provides an integral assistance, legal representation and sponsoring both at judicial and administrative level, facing the challenges of a higher specialization and a close follow-up of litigious cases that concentrate higher risk in the labour field.

    The judicial administration area is covered by an important group of professionals working in teams, each one headed by an experienced team-leader that guarantees the full comprehension of the matter in litigation and keeps in close touch with clients. At the same time, the Central Team provides a strong support regarding doctrine and case law.

    Our service is supported by a network of associated law firms and lawyers providing wide geographic coverage throughout the country.

    The Firm has also developed a sophisticated computer-assisted support system for the purpose of providing clients with a permanent report on the lawsuits in process and their evolution. This contributes to achieve predictable results both in the legal and financial aspects.

    The ISO 9001:2008 certification obtained plays an important role jointly with an Internal Auditing system. Both guarantee quality control and optimize the qualitative approach as well as all aspects related to procedural routine.

    Regarding this area our services are:

    • Participation in alternative dispute resolution procedures.
    • Assistance, legal representation and sponsoring in litigoius labour matters.

    Funes de Rioja & Asociados has reached a high specialization level through an outstanding career path combined with an excellent administrative, accounting, technical and computing organization that supports and contributes to the achievement of the corporate mission.

    The firm has developed a Quality Management System, obtaining the ISO 9001:2008 certification. Funes de Rioja & Asociados has joined Ius Laboris, the most important Alliance of leading HR law practitioners.

    Funes de Rioja & Asociados law firm has an outstanding profile and seeks to maintain its long-standing leadership through the high quality services provided.

  • Audit

    Audits are based on standards and procedures specially designed for the evaluation of all Human Resources-related aspects and the coverage of the derived contingencies.

    The Firm focuses mainly on the control of policies, processes and compliance with labour and social security regulations. In relation to Auditsof Acquisition, our processes are specifically oriented to assist Management in the calculation of contingent amounts. Our specializationand expertise in relation to different sectors allow us to achieve a prompt and precise identification of contingencies takinginto account the specificrisk of each sector or industry involved.

    C-Lab

    Based on the market's specific needs, Funes de Rioja & Asociados and KPMG have jointly developed C-Lab, a product that enables to identify good labour practices and the grade and level of compliance with applicable regulations, thus reducing the risks derived from section 30, Act 20.744 -labour solidarity- and from non-compliance with social security regulations.

    C-Lab is a certification system of human resources-related processes. It is composed of two complementary modules:

    • Management Quality
    • Compliance with Regulations

    C-Lab is a product meant for:

    • Providers of goods and services who get an important competitive advantage through certification.
    • Contracting companies who are offered an efficient, economic and trustworthy way of outsourcing the control of their service providers.
    • Any company interested in obtaining this certification to consolidate its image in the market.

    Based on the detection of market specific needs, Funes de Rioja & Asociados and KPMG have jointly developed this product that allows to determine good corporate labour practices and the degree and standard of compliance with applicable regulations, thus minimizing the contingencies derived from section 30, Law 20.744 on joint labour liability as well as those arising from non-compliance of social security regulations. C-Lab is a system of certification of processes related to the human resources management, setting the IRAM certification through IRAM REFERENCIAL REGULATION N° 9 "Program of certification of labour relations compliance". The program can be applied both to organizations in general seeking to verify the degree of compliance with the minimum requirements in the labour and social security fields and also to the contractors of organizations, in order to reduce costs and improve efficiency within the legal regulatory framework. In both cases, the effective control of the human resources management processes is guaranteed.

    It consists of two complementary modules:

    • Management quality
    • Standards Compliance
    • Any company interested in obtaining this certification to consolidate its image in the market.

    C-Lab is addressed to:

    • Suppliers of goods and services who will obtain through the certification an important competitive advantage.
    • Contracting Companies who are offered an efficient, economic and reliable method of outsourcing the control of suppliers.
    • Companies interested in obtaining this certification to consolidate their image in the market.

    C-Lab fulfills a twofold objective:

    • Show the labour quality of efficiently organized companies that comply with current and acceptable practices.
    • Based on a selective review, provide the companies hiring the services of third parties, an assessment of their compliance with the current labour standards, thus minimizing the contingencies inherent to the joint liability arising from non-compliance with the legal labour standards.
  • Labour Aspects of Migration Law

    Globalization has brought about the migration of employees from one country to another with the particular framework that each country imposes in relation to the employment of migrant workers.

    Particularly, our clients are multinational companies with headquarters abroad or regional companies that are in need of consultants capable of accompanying the selection and hiring processes of foreign nationals as well as the transfer of expatriate employees to different corporate branches around the world.

    In this regard, Funes de Rioja & Asociados provides advice in all aspects related to the processing of work visas, authorizations and other procedures related to the migration of workers both at legal and social level. Our firm provides support in all the presentations to the migration or administrative authorities. In summary: a global service that includes all the different aspects involved. Our vast experience allows us to address urgent problems, meet deadlines and provide services tailored to our client's need.

    In view of Argentina's complex migration policy, our firm's lawyers provide highly specialized counsel on employee migration matters, maximizing time and working with all due expedience.

    To complete the services rendered in Argentina, we work jointly -through the Ius Laboris network- with lawyers from other countries specialized in Migration Law.

    Based on the detection of market specific needs, Funes de Rioja & Asociados and KPMG have jointly developed this product that allows to determine good corporate labour practices and the degree and standard of compliance with applicable regulations, thus minimizing the contingencies derived from section 30, Law 20.744 on joint labour liability as well as those arising from non-compliance of social security regulations. C-Lab is a system of certification of processes related to the human resources management, setting the IRAM certification through IRAM REFERENCIAL REGULATION N° 9 "Program of certification of labour relations compliance". The program can be applied both to organizations in general seeking to verify the degree of compliance with the minimum requirements in the labour and social security fields and also to the contractors of organizations, in order to reduce costs and improve efficiency within the legal regulatory framework. In both cases, the effective control of the human resources management processes is guaranteed.

    The following are included among the services provided by our Law Firm:

    • Registration of Legal Persons and Enterprises in the National Single Registrar of Petitioners of Foreign Citizens (RENURE). Updating of existing registrations.
    • Applications for entry permits in permanent, temporary and transitory residence paperwork (for foreign citizens residing in the country of origin).
    • Requests for rectification of entry permits.
    • Processing of permanent, temporary, transitory and precarious residence (for foreign citizens residing in Argentina).
    • Requests for extension of temporary and transitory residence.
    • Applications for change of migration category.
    • Process of residence based on national origin (MERCOSUR for citizens from Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela).
    • Processing of different types of visas: Transitory visas, technical visa, Business visa. etc.
    • Application for residence certificates, entry, migratory movements.
    • Request and renewal of National Identity Document at the National Registrar of Persons.
    • Request of criminal records in Argentina.
    • Obtaining an Argentinean Passport.
    • The Hague Apostille (Legalization of Public Documents).
    • Inquiries on labor and general migration matters.
    • Inquiries on social security matters related to migration.
    • Auditing of migrant workers' files.

    Processing of certificate of entry/exit in and from Argentina and certificate of migratory movements.

    Through the Ius Laboris Alliance, we work with lawyers specialized in Migration Law in 40 countries around the world, thus providing a global and highly specialized service.

    Should you need any of our services, please contact:

     

    Florencia Funes de Rioja

    Florencia Funes de Rioja

    Partner

    ffr@funes.com.ar

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  • Health Management Organizations and Health Systems

    As historically, health services have been provided by trade unions, other competitive factorshave been brought in the field, encouraging a better assignment of the health resources without disregarding corporate costs and improving health-rendering.

    In fact, the provision of health services is one of the pillars on which a solid labour relations is based. Therefore, the challenge is to optimize the health coverage legally financed with employee and employer contributions on payroll.

    Consequently, a suitable counseling on the matter influences not only the structure of labour costs but also the corporate working climate. In an ever-changing market, this aspect has strategic importance and Funes de Rioja & Asociados has specialized professionals devoted for that purpose.

  • Compensation, Benefits and Pension Plans

    The policy of compensation and benefits of an enterprise is a fundamental tool of human resources management.

    An adequate policy regarding this aspect is a competitive advantage of great value. At the same time, it is an important way of communicating the corporate values and of aligning the objectives of each employee with the corporate goals and mission.

    Facing the traditional policy of homogeneous compensation, modern compensation techniques aim at providing a differentiated and personalized service. This is a way of retaining and encouraging talented and distinguished employees. In this sense, tailor-made compensation packages seek not only to optimize each employee's productivity but also reward those behaviors or results that impact on the corporate results account

    Funes de Rioja & Asociados has specialists that provide a total and unique service for each enterprise. We seek to design a tailor-made compensation policy for each client, particularly concerning the following aspects:

    • Compensation Policy
    • Design of Salary Structure
    • Incentives
    • Flexible Compensation
    • Benefits
  • Information, Analysis and Updating

    Funes de Rioja & Asociados strives for keeping its clients permanently informed on industrial relations, labour policy, social security and human resources through our Daily Labour Report, periodical news, e-mails, working breakfasts, seminars, conferences and in-company lectures on specific issues both in the labour, employment policy and general political situation.

    Our Labour Report is a daily newsletter.

    It's goal is to provide exclusive information and economic and legal analysis of the labour market:

    • Labour news related to political and regulatory fields.
    • Criteria on case-law, doctrine and taxes in force in the labour field.
    • Updated news on collective bargaining.
    • Opinion articles
  • Social Security

    Funes de Rioja & Asociados also provides assistance in the legal and health and safety field in relation to the prevention, compensation, and labour injuries system contemplated in the present National Labour Injuries Act. The Labour Injuries scheme in force has been frequently the object of legal questioning of it's essential principles. The existing jurisprudence calls for a suitable and specialized defense of the employers interests

    On the other hand, in relation to the complex and expensive system of labour taxes in force, Funes de Rioja as the expertise and information necessary to design compensation and benefits schemes (total compensation), optimizing costs and encouraging employer-employee relationships. At the same time, the team specialized in Social Security and Administrative Law can evaluate and calculate the contingencies and courses of action required.

    Social Security

    • Labour taxes: Social Security Withholdings and Contributions
    • Retirement System
    • Updated news on collective bargaining.
    • Labour Injuries Scheme