A bi-weekly look at Labor Administration in the Americas
March 2020 
Governments of the Americas take measures to protect workers and employers from Covid-19 
The governments of the Hemisphere, through their Ministries of Labor, have announced measures to protect workers and employers from the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. Some of the measures include exceptional leave for workers that come back from zones with registered cases, guides to avoid contagion in the workplace, guidelines to implement telework, and the assignation of economic relief and flexibility in the delivery of unemployment schemes benefits. 
From RIAL-OAS we make a call to all our members to keep informed on the situation in the region through the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as disseminating and following its recommendations. 

13th RIAL-OAS Call for Bilateral Cooperation closes successfully 

The 13th RIAL Call for Bilateral Cooperation was a complete success! From January 15th to March 10th, the Ministries of Labor of the region sent their proposals to receive technical assistance from their peers in the hemisphere through the RIAL Fund. The Technical Secretariat received a total of 45 proposals involving 20 countries from all sub-regions. The most recurring topics are child labor, occupational safety and health, professional training and skills certification and individual and collective labor dispute resolution. We hope to publish the results by the end of March! Thanks to all participants!
13th RIAL Call web page  
OAS holds Forum on Women’s Economic Rights and Empowerment in the Americas

To commemorate International Women’s Day 2020, the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) and the Permanent Missions of France, Mexico, and Canada to the OAS held the forum “Women’s economic rights and empowerment in the Americas” on March 13th . Two panels of experts addressed some of the  most pressing issues, and shared best practices and initiatives regarding women’s rights in the region. The main themes were gender-based violence, intersectionality, unpaid and domestic work, the importance of increasing the participation of women in STEM fields, and women in leadership, among others. Panelists highlighted that gender equality has a positive impact on the competitiveness and development of every nation and encouraged actors to strengthen and accelerate efforts to remove structural and cultural barriers for women.
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Canada: Government Approves First Indigenous Institute to Deliver Apprenticeship Training
Chile: Ministry of Labor re-lauches digital platform for employment
Ecuador: Committed to achieve an “Ecuador free of Child Labor” 
Honduras: Honduras and Mexico launch youth training program 
Mexico: Ministry of Labor presents Protocol to Prevent, Address and Eradicate Violence in the Workplace 
Panamá: Interinstitutional Technical Committee on Health, Hygiene and Occupational Safety is installed 
Peru: MTPE signs commitment for the life and health of construction workers
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: 2019 Labour Overview- Latin America and the Caribbean (Executive Summary)
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ILO: World Employment and Social Outlook-Trends 2020
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Telework in the 21st century: An evolutionary perspective

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ECLAC:Social programmes, poverty eradication and labour inclusion: Lessons from Latin America and the Caribbean

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The Future of Work: What will be the Impact of Digitalization, and What To Do?

(In Spanish) 
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ILO: Women in Business and Management: The business case for change
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Employment Situation in Latin America and the Caribbean: Evolution of and prospects for women’s labour participation in Latin America
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