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VERSIÓN EN ESPAÑOL
A bi-weekly look at Labor Administration in the Americas
June 2020 
NEWSLETTER # 158
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IACML authorities agree to postpone Ministerial meeting to 2021 and adjust Work Plan 
On Friday, May 22nd, the authorities of the Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor, chaired by the Ministry of Labour of Barbados, held a virtual meeting to review the 2018-2020 Work Plan in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and decide on the roadmap towards the Ministerial. The delegations, conformed by representatives of the Ministries of Labor and Permanent Missions to the OAS, COSATE and CEATAL, agreed to postpone the XXI IACML originally planned for December 2020 in Argentina, to September 2021, and to ensure that the topics to be addressed by the Ministers respond to the new global reality and point towards a full and prompt recovery. The IACML leaders also reached the following agreements regarding next activities: 
1. A Virtual Meeting of the IACML Working Groups will take place in September 2020. This meeting was not originally considered in the Work Plan. 
2. The RIAL Workshop on Gender Mainstreaming in the Ministries of Labor, planned for this year,  will be transformed into a series of online exchange and training activities. 
3. The Bilateral Cooperation Activities selected in the 13th Call (and a pending activity of the 12th Call) may take place either virtually or in person, by decision of the Ministries directly involved, with the support of the Technical Secretariat. 
4. The Technical Secretariat will continue to update the Portfolio of Responses from the Ministries of Labor to COVID-19 and the repository of Guidelines and Protocols to re-opening and return to work, both available online. 


          
 
Governments of the hemisphere share re-opening guidelines and protocols

As governments advance towards the relaxation of confinement measures, the Ministries of Labor of the region have started to publish Occupational Safety and Health guidelines and protocols towards re-opening and return to work. Measures such as the mandatory registration of Occupational Safety and Health plans and committees from companies, self-assessment platforms for workplaces to verify if they are ready to live with COVID-19, and the publication of sectorial guidelines are worth noting. These measures have been included both in the Portfolio of Responses from the Ministries of Labor to COVID-19, and the repository of Guidelines and Protocols to re-opening and return to work, both available online. 
OAS launches “Good news that inspires": Actions for continuing education in the region 

On May 19th, OAS Education launched the first round of “Good news that inspire”, an effort that gathers the policies implemented by the education authorities in the region to guarantee the continuity of education during the pandemic. In addition, this recompilation is a way to thank and recognize those who offer their greatest effort each day for the benefit of students in these unprecedented times. The actions can be found in the CIE Education page, published in the OAS Educational Portal of the Americas, and will be updated on the 19th of each month. We invite you all to visit it and share these inspiring actions! 
More information (in Spanish)
          
 
          
 
OAS/RIAL expresses condolences for the passing of Hon. Shahine Robinson, Minister of Labor and Social Security of Jamaica 

The OAS, through the IACML Technical Secretariat, expresses its condolences to the Government and the people of Jamaica on the passing of Hon. Shahine Robinson, Minister of Labor and Social Security, who was a leader and strong ally of inter-American dialogue and cooperation on labor matters, and a great supporter of the Inter-American Network for Labor Administration (RIAL). We wish strength to her family and friends for this sensitive loss, and send a special greeting to her collaborators at the Ministry of Labor and Social Security.
ILO warns that COVID-19 impact on young population may cause a ‘lockdown generation’ 

On its most recent monitor on the impact of COVID-19 on employment, the ILO warned that the pandemic may cause the emergence of a ‘lockdown generation’ among young population, who are affected disproportionately by the crisis. The study reveals that more than one in six young workers is unemployed as a result of the pandemic, and that, globally, most (40%) worked in one of the most affected sectors, and/or were in informality (77%). The interruption of education and training activities and the crisis’ psychological risks worsen this situation. 
Thus, the expansion of response programs with an approach towards youth employment, and the implementation of employment, education and training programs are fundamental. 

Click here to read the report  
          
 
NEWS FROM THE MINISTRIES
(Latest additions to the Portfolio of Responses to COVID-19)
 
 
Argentina: Government sends bill for Congress to ratify ILO C. 190 
Colombia: Government to partially subsidize the salary of minimum- wage earners 
Guyana: Ministry to provide support to elegible citizens 
 
Mexico: Government launches 'New Normality' website with sectorial guidelines to return to work 
Panama: MITRADEL undertakes poll on gender equality in labor in the times of COVID-19 
 
Peru: MTPE implements virtual meetings between employers and workers to solve labor disputes 
Read more 
Uruguay: COVID-19 prevention protocol for retail and services 
 
Click here to read the whole Portfolio
  Events   
OAS - CIM: Webinar series on “COVID-19 in Women’s lives: Reasons to Recognize the Differential Impacts” 
June 2 - 4th 
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OAS: Teaching STEM in Quarantine: A Webinar Series for Educators
June 4, 8, 19, 30th 
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OAS: Virtual tutoring training (Spanish only) 
Apply before June 15th 
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OAS: Dialogue:"Multi-sectoral responses for the Protection of migrants, refugees and internally displaced persons in Times of COVID-19" 
June 16- 23rd
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OAS: Courses on the Education Portal of the Americas 
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OAS: Opportunities for Funding (Rowe Fund)
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OAS: Scholarship opportunities 
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Publications             

ILO Monitor: COVID-19 and the World of Work. 4th edition  
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ILO: A Safe and Healthy Return to Work during the COVID-19 pandemic

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ILO-ACTEMP: Safe return to work: Guide for employers on COVID-19 prevention 

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IDB: From confinement to re-opening: Strategic considerations to re-start activities in Latin America and the Caribbean (in Spanish) 

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IOE - SHRM: Return to work during COVID-19   

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IOE / VBO-FEB: Safe at work - Generic guide for combatting the spread of COVID-19 at work

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IOE guidance on Teleworking in times of COVID-19 

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ECLAC-ILO: Employment Situation in Latin America and the Caribbean. Work in times of pandemic: the challenges of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

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