A bi-weekly look at Labor Administration in the Americas
January 2021
2021; Year of the OAS Labor Ministerial 
2021 has just begun, bringing the opportunity to advance towards recovering from the crisis and creating a new and better normal for workers in the hemisphere. 
The XXI Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor (IACML) of the OAS, to be held in Buenos Aires on September 22 to 24, will be a milestone in that endeavor.  It will provide the region’s governments, workers and employers the opportunity to discuss the most pressing employment issues and to set out a regional roadmap to overcome the challenges posed by the pandemic in the labor market.
As the planning process advances, the Technical Secretariat will engage the Ministries in the different activities leading up to the Ministerial, such as the opening of a Virtual Forum to comment on the draft Declaration and Plan of Action of Buenos Aires. 
IACML authorities to meet virtually 

The authorities of the Inter-American Conference of Ministers of Labor (IACML) will meet virtually on January 28th to follow up on the Conference's Work Plan, define the Timeline towards the XXI IACML, and decide on this year’s resources and activities for the RIAL.  
2021; International Year for the Elimination of Child Labor 

This year was designated as the "International Year for the Elimination of Child Labour" by the UN General Assembly, and is intended to provide an opportunity to address the challenges on child labor posed by COVID-19 and to accelerate progress towards SDG Target 8.7:  to end child labour in all its forms by 2025. Millions of children are at risk of entering child labor as a consequence of the crisis generated by the pandemic, which may cause an increase of child labor for the first time after twenty years of advancements, according to a recent report of ILO and UNICEF 
From RIAL/OAS we reaffirm  the commitment to governments and social actors to support them in their efforts against this practice. 

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ILO highlights challenges of homeworkers and calls for increased protection 

A new ILO report highlights the enormous challenges faced by homeworkers, whose numbers have increased substantially due to the pandemic. In low- and middle-income countries this group has an informality level of up to 90%, lower income (wages up to 50% lower in countries such as Argentina and Mexico), greater occupational safety and health challenges, and limited access to training programmes. Not least, before the pandemic, 56% of them were women. 
In this context, the ILO report calls for greater protection and formalization measures for this sector. 

More information.
Development Pathways invites to Inclusive Social Protection course

The organization "Development Pathways" will hold its 10-week online training course "Inclusive Social Protection: Making the Case", from March 1st to May 7th. The course is aimed at a wide range of professionals working on social protection including those from government, international organisations, civil society organisations, academia, among others. Each module will be led by a global expert in social protection and built on the trainers' wealth of experience in engaging with policymakers to gain commitments to invest in inclusive, lifecycle social protection schemes.
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Ecuador ratifies C190 on Violence and Harassment 

On January 17th, the National Assembly of Ecuador ratified Convention 190 of the ILO on Violence and Harassment, becoming the third country in the region and fifth worldwide to ratify this instrument that provides guidelines and recommendations to end gender-based violence in the workplace. Convention 190 has been ratified by Argentina, Fiji, Namibia and Uruguay. 
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(Includes latest additions to the Portfolio of Responses to COVID-19)
Bahamas: New apprentice program strenghtens vocational training 
Canada: Government announces measures to create healthier and fairer work environments 
Chile: Government calls to hire more women under employment subsidy 
Colombia: Unique Classification of Occupations created 
El Salvador: Sanctions for non-compliance with biosafety protocols increased 
Guyana: National Skills Conference called to address skills shortage 
Mexico: Reform regulating telework enters into force 
Paraguay: Over 700 courses launched by the national training agency 
Peru: Ministry recieves certification for anti-bribary management system
United States: Education and compliance initiative for child care industry 
Uruguay: Health insurance extended for those who lost coverage in 2020 
OAS: Virtual Meeting of the Authorities of the IACML 
January 28th 
ILO: Next meetings and events 
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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: Working from home, from invisibility to decent work 

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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: Labor Overview in the Times of COVID-19 

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ECLAC: Building a new future: Transformative recovery with Equality and Sustainability 

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ILO: COVID-19 and the World of Work Monitor 6th Edition 
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