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Esther Cecilia Blondet


Esther Cecilia Blondet



Kelly Blondet has broad experience in litigation, as well as in labour and administrative law. She has participated in several union-related procedures and has acted as advisor to national companies on matters concerning collective bargaining agreements. She specializes in labour and employment law and has additional expertise in corporate, commercial and civil law.

Prior to joining our Caracas office as an associate in 2002, Ms. Blondet practised at another local law firm for four years.


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  • Education

    LL.M., labour law, Universidad Central de Venezuela, 1998
    Law degree, Universidad Central de Venezuela, 1997

  • Representative experience


    Ms. Blondet has acted recently in the following matters:

    • Research assistant on the project "Labour Relationships in Privatized Latin American Companies" (Relaciones laborales en la empresas privatizadas en América Latina), an international project financed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Venezuela, 1997  
    • Research assistant on the project "Neo-liberal Reform, Labour Markets and Democracy in Venezuela" (Reforma Neoliberal, Mercados Laborales y Democracia en Venezuela), 1997


  • Rankings and recognitions
    • Chambers Latin America, Venezuela 2017: Band 2: Labour & Employment.
    • Chambers Latin America, Venezuela 2016: Band 2: Labour & Employment
    • Chambers Latin America, Venezuela 2015: Band 2: Labour & Employment
    • Chambers Latin America 2013: recognized in the area of Labour & Employment
  • Publications
    • “Social Security - A tiny step in the right direction,” The Daily Journal, Caracas, February 17, 2003.
    • Electronic Notebooks (Coordinator of the series), Labour Law Section, Universidad Central de Venezuela, 1997.
    • Proceedings of the XII Ibero-American Congress on the Right to Work and Social Security (XII Congreso Iberamericano del Derecho al Trabajo y la Seguridad Social) (coordinating assistant for publication), Santa Cruz, Bolivia, 1995.
  • Memberships and activities

    • Miranda State Bar Association
    • Asociación de Abogados Laboralistas (Labour Lawyers Association)

  • Publications

    Minimum salary increase decree in Venezuela

    On August 31, 2018, the President of the Republic passed: (i) Decree Nº 3,601 through which the national minimum salary (Decree for the Increase of the Minimum Salary) was increased to BsS. 1,800, granted to all public and private sector workers, and the retirement pay for pensioners was updated and set at BsS. 1,800; and (ii) Decree N° 3,602 through which socialist food ticket payments for workers was set (Decree for the Adjustment of the Socialist Food Ticket) at BsS. 180 per month. Both decrees were published in the Extraordinary Official Gazette N° 6,403 dated August 31, 2018..

    September 06, 2018

    Minimum salary increase decree

    On June 20, 2018, the President of the Republic passed Decree Nº 3,478, through which the national minimum salary (Decree for the Increase of the Minimum Salary), granted to all public and private sector workers, was increased to Bs. 3,000,000 and the special bonus for pensioners was updated and set at Bs. 1,000,000, as published in Official Gazette Extraordinary N° 6,383 dated April 30, 2018. The most significant aspects of the decree are as follows:.

    June 28, 2018

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