February 2018
Newsflash #104

A bi-weekly look at Labor Administration in the Americas
RIAL en Colombia
OAS opens the 11th Call for Bilateral Cooperation between Ministries of Labor
Has your Ministry identified a particular area in which it needs technical assistance? Do you want to know about the experience and lessons of other Ministries of Labor? This is the opportunity!
We invite all the Ministries to present their cooperation proposals, following the guidelines of the 11th Call, which will remain open until March 20, 2018. The RIAL has carried out almost 100 bilateral cooperation activities with excellent results, this is the time to renew and strengthen collaboration among the Labor Administrations of the Americas. Click 
here to access Call.  
14 and 15 of February: Webinar on Bilateral Cooperation Proposals of the RIAL
The OAS will carry out an informative webinar  to explain the requirements of the Call, clarify doubts and support the Ministries of Labor to find the best cooperation partners. We invite you to participate in the following information sessions to be held from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm (Washington DC time):
Brazil ratifies the Convention on Domestic Workers
On January 31, 2018 the Government of Brazil deposited the formal instrument of ratification with the ILO to ratify the Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers, 2011 (No. 189) . Accordingly, Brazil became the twenty-fifth member State of the ILO and the fourteenth member State in the Americas region to ratify this Convention.

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Panama: First country in the region to join the Equal Pay Coalition, and second in the world to launch it
The International Coalition on Equal Pay (EPIC) was launched in Latin America and the Caribbean, with the aim of mobilizing multiple actors in different countries to reduce the wage gap between women and men, which is around 15 percent in this region according to data released on January 29 at the inauguration ceremony in the capital of Panama.

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Bolivia: Decree on compulsory registration of employers through virtual office is implemented
Brazil: incentives for solidarity business incubators increase
Panama: Launching of Institutional Plan of Equality and the Gender Equality Seal in Companies
Paraguay: Agreement with South Korea to train Paraguayan technicians is signed
Peru:  "Work without harassment" module is launched to help people who are victims of sexual harassment in their work places 
OAS: VIII Summit of the Americas
April 13-14, 2018
Lima, Peru
OAS: Scholarships Opportunities  
OAS: "The Coordination between Education and Labor in the Americas..."
ILO: "2017 Labour Overview of Latin America and the Caribbean..."
ILO: "Skill needs anticipation: Systems and approaches..."
ILO: "World Employment and Social Outlook – Trends 2018"
ILO: "Transforming Economies ..."
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