Employment laws that protect workers in Latin America have so far prevented law firms in the region from imposing widespread furloughs and pay cuts like the ones ripping through the broader legal industry as global economic activity sputters during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Global law firms that have been forthcoming about pay and staffing plans elsewhere have been more reticent to make big announcements about Latin America. Many are still evaluating options amid a patchwork of shifting regulations as some countries double down on worker protections while others ease rules to give employers greater flexibility.