A bi-weekly look at Labor Administration in the Americas
November 2020 
Everything ready for the OAS-RIAL Hemispheric Dialogue on Gender in the Ministries of Labor   
The Hemispheric Dialogue on the Institutionalization of Gender in the Ministries of Labor will take place next Friday, November 20th, with the engagement of Directors and officers responsible for gender in more than 20 governments of the Americas. The objectives of this event are two-fold: share and analyze the current situation, challenges and lessons learned from gender units in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic; and, provide recommendations to advance on gender mainstreaming and institutionalization in the policies, programs and operations of the Ministries of Labor, considering employment crisis generated by the pandemic.  These recommendations will be presented to the Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor (IACML).
This event takes place in coordination with the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM), and with funds from the Labour Program of ESDC Canada. 

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Youth, women, and migrants: the most affected by the pandemic 

Latin America and the Caribbean would need to invest 7.5% of its GDP, equivalent to 335 billion dollars, to achieve universal coverage in four of the main social protection benefits: early childhood, maternity, seniors, and people with disabilities; according to the report "Financing social protection gaps" published by the ILO. It also notes that the most lagging social protection branch in the region is maternity coverage, with a rate of just 34.3%. Similarly, the report makes recommendations to governments to find fiscal space to increase coverage and achieve universality.
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At 6 months after its publication, RIAL Portfolio gathers 400 labor measures taken in response to COVID-19 

The Portfolio of Responses from the Ministries of Labor to COVID-19, published in April 2020, currently gathers a total of 400 measures adopted by the Ministries to face the pandemic. With over 15,000 consultations, this tool is a regional reference on following up on measures adopted by governments. In addition, this Portfolio spearheaded the development of other OAS-RIAL products during the pandemic: The Repository of Guidelines and Protocols for Reopening and Return to Work. 
Click here to consult the Portfolio of Responses 

LAC, in good steps towards the ratification of C190 on violence and harassment 

The region of Latin America and the Caribbean continues to take steps towards the ratification of ILO Convention 190 on violence and harassment at work. On November 12th, the Congress of Argentina approved this instrument that provides tools, definitions and actions to fight these issues, therefore becoming the second country in the region to achieve ratification, after Uruguay, and the third worldwide, after Fiji. ILO called all countries to follow these steps to advance in the fight against violence and harassment. 
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Minister of Labor of Bolivia takes oath  

Mrs. Veronica Patricia Navia took oath as Minister of Labor of Bolivia on November 9th, as part of the cabinet of President Luis Arce. Minister Navia holds a degree in sociology and has been recognized for her activism and for having written several articles on land and indigenous populations. 
(Includes latest additions to the Portfolio of Responses to COVID-19)
Argentina: MTEySS and Ministry of Women announce a joint plan for labor inclusion with gender perspective
Brazil: Pilot Program for Telemedicine in Companies 
Colombia: Virtual strategies for the inclusion of migrant population in the labor market 
Ecuador: 350 grants for entrepeneurs to be delivered 
Guyana: Language training will be provided toOSH inspectors 
Peru: Urgent decree to promote formal employment 
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United Staes: National Apprenticeship Week 
Uruguay: Expert's Commission for Social Security Reform 
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OAS: Virtual dialogue among the Gender Units within the Ministries of Labor 
November 20th
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OAS: Meeting of the Inter-American Competitiveness Network 
November 24rd
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OAS: Promoting School Environments of Healthy Eating and Physical Activities 
November 30th
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OAS: Opportunities of free courses for teachers with ProFuturo 
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OAS: Seminar on "Innovative ways to connect the unconnected" 
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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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EILO/ECLAC: Employment Situation in Latin America and the Caribbean: Employment Trends in an unprecedented crisis, policy challenges

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ILO: COVID-19 and the Labor Market in the Englsih and Dutch-Speaking Caribbean 

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ILO: Managing work-related psychosocial risks during the COVID-19 pandemic 

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ILO: Labor Overview in the Times of COVID-19 

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ILO: Youth & COVID-19: Impacts on jobs, education, rights and mental well-being

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UN Women / CEPAL: Domestic Workers in Latin America and the Caribbean in teh face of the COVID-19 pandemic 

(In Spanish) 

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IOE guidance on Teleworking in times of COVID-19 

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ILO: A Safe and Healthy Return to Work during the COVID-19 pandemic

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CIM: Covid-19 in the life of women: Emergency in caretaking (Only in Spanish) 

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ILO: COVID-19 and the World of Work Monitor 5th Edition 
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