A bi-weekly look at Labor Administration in the Americas
April 2020 
G20 Ministers of Labor: Employment should be a priority in response to COVID-19
The G20 Ministers of Labor and Employment met virtually on April 23 to address the COVID-19 crisis. They called for employment to be a priority in macroeconomic policy packages in response to the pandemic. Similarly, they pledged to ensure that social security systems are robust enough to support all workers regardless of their employment status, age, or gender; and indicated that they will continue taking measures to protect workers, particularly in the health sector, as well as jobs and income.
Training for the unemployed: Coursera grants access to online learning at no cost 

As a response to the Covid-19 crisis, on April 24th, COURSERA, recognized as one of the major on-line learning platforms in the world, launched a program to grant the unemployed free access to its courses, through an alliance with governments.  Now, government agencies serving unemployed populations can access more than 3,800 courses and 400 specializations, in order to support training and reskilling, and re-enter the workforce.  The OAS is currently exploring a partnership with COURSERA.
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Domestic workers: one of the most vulnerable groups of the COVID-19 crisis

Domestic workers are one of the groups at higher risk of being affected by the pandemic. In a recent report, ECLAC highlighted that the emergency has deepened gender gaps and the care crisis. It reveals that 11.4% of women in the region work in domestic service, of which, according to the ILO, 77.5% are informal workers. This group is more exposed to the economic and health impacts of the crisis, given that both the risks of contagion and the probability of losing their jobs escalate due to increasing care tasks and social distancing measures. In addition, the lack of regularization limits their access to social protection and the exercise of labor rights such as sick leave, and unemployment insurance, among others.
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OAS-RIAL continues gathering responses from Ministries of Labor in online Portfolio  

OAS-RIAL is permanently updating the Portfolio of Responses of Ministries of Labor to COVID-19. To this date, we have gathered more than 160 actions that labor administration across the region have taken to face the pandemic, protect employment and income, and ensure the safety and health of workers.
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ILO Virtual Dialogue on Occupational Safety and Health 
April 28th (in Spanish) 
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Inter-American Dialogue: COVID-19 and human rights in Latin America: A conversation with Michelle Bachelet 
April 29th 
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IDB: Data in quarentine / Webinar: Governance and data quality for decision-making
April 29th 
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OAS: Reflections on remote teaching for parents: An opportunity to do science in early childhood
April 30th 
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IDB: Economic recovery and continuity of the sector: the legal perspective and job creation
April 30th 
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IDB: Demystifying COVID-19: A virus that does not affect the population equally
April 30th 
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OAS: Methodological adaptation of active learning to virtual contexts for STEM education
May 14th 
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OAS: Opportunities for Funding (Rowe Fund)
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OAS: Available courses in the OAS Educational portal of the Americas 
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ILO: COVID-19 and the
world of work

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ECLAC: Latin America and the Caribbean and the COVID-19 pandemic

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IDB: How will COVID-19 impact employment ? Possible scenarios for Latin America and the Caribbean (in Spanish)

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