A bi-weekly look at Labor Administration in the Americas
May 2020 
NEW!!! RIAL-OAS compiles Guidelines and Protocols for deconfinement and return to work 
Today, RIAL-OAS makes available on its website a series of Guidelines and Protocols for re-opening and return to work that have been published in countries that are already at this stage of the pandemic. This is part of our effort to support the governments of the region as they analyze and develop measures to ease confinement. The resources include guidelines from the European Union, Spain, Germany, Singapore, New Zealand among others, which include measures and protocols to simultaneously avoid a new COVID-19 outbreak, and gradually re-open the economic activity. 

We hope these resources are useful to all
Click here to access the Guidelines
RIAL-OAS participates in International Workers’ Day dialogue on COVID-19 chaired by the Minister of Labor of Colombia 
In commemoration of  May 1st, the Minister of Labor of Colombia, Ángel Custodio Cabrera, chaired an international event with the participation of the Minister of Labor of Guatemala, Rafael Alberto Lobos; the Vice Ministers of Peru, Juan Carlos Requejo; and Panama, Roger Tejada; the ILO Director for the Andean Countries, Philippe Vanhuynegem; the President of COSATE, Marta Pujadas; the representative of the IOE, Alberto Echavarría; the Chief of the Labor and Employment Section of the OAS, Maria Claudia Camacho; as well as representatives of Colombian organizations of workers and employers.

During the event, the OAS delegate highlighted the rapid response of the governments of the region to the pandemic, which includes more than 180 labor measures collected in the RIAL Portfolio of Responses from Ministries of Labor to COVID-19. She also noted that, along with the great challenges that arise from COVID-19, some areas of opportunity have emerged, such as the adoption of measures that were under discussion and that can now be tested and refined, and an accelerated digitization of Labor Ministries.
VIDEO: Tribute for workers in their Day  

Contagion or starvation : ILO publishes report on informality and COVID-19 

On May 7th, the ILO published a report on the precarious conditions under which millions of informal workers around the world are facing the pandemic. The report   highlights  the important challenges that this poses for  policy-makers, but also includes a series of policy recommendations to address this vulnerable sector. 
Read the report 
(Latest aditions to the Portfolio of Responses to COVID-19)
Argentina: Increased economic relief for agricultural workers 
Bahamas: Cabinet appoints Economic Relief Committee with participation from workers and employers 
Brazil: New digital tool allows companies to perform self-evaluations on COVID-19 measures
Honduras: STSS began pilotage to re-open restaurants 
Paraguay: General control guide to prevent COVID-19 in the Workplace 
OAS: Methodological adaptation of active learning to virtual contexts for STEM education
May 14th 
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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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ILO: COVID-19 and the World of Work. 3rd Edition 
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ECLAC: Measuring the impact of COVID-19 with a view to reactivation
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IDB: How will COVID-19 impact employment

(in Spanish)  
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