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Italy: Tax Incentives and Other Measures to Tackle Youth Unemployment

(Sept. 9, 2013) Italy adopted a Decree-Law in June 2013, which was amended in August 2013, that is designed to promote youth employment in the country. (DECRETO-LEGGE, 28 giugno 2013, n. 76 [Decree-Law No. 76, June 28, 2013], effective the same day, NORMATTIVA; LEGGE, 9 agosto 2013, n. 99, NORMATTIVA.) To meet its purpose, the […]

Italy: Recognition of Natural Children

(July 1, 2013) Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock (“natural” children). The Law overhauled numerous provisions of the Italian Civil Code and its implementing regulations, in order to establish a […]

Italy: Draft Legislation to Eliminate Public Financing for Political Parties

(June 7, 2013) On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. 6, GOVERNO ITALIANO (May 31, 2013).) The new rules are designed to foster internal democracy, transparency, and […]

Honduras: Laws Create a New Legal Framework for the Promotion of Economic Development

(Sept. 7, 2011) Honduras passed a legislative package during 2010 aimed at boosting the economic development of the country. This package is composed of three major laws. The first is Legislative Decree 107-2010, containing the Law on Supplementary Income in Rural and Sub-Urban Areas, published in the GACETA OFICIAL (G.O.) on August 21, 2010. The […]

Colombia: Recognition of Aboriginal Languages

(Sept. 1, 2010) On January 25, 2010, Colombia adopted Law 1381, which develops and regulates certain provisions of the Political Constitution and of Law 21 of 1991, which had approved Convention 169 of the International Labour Organization concerning Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Independent Countries. Law 1381 regulates the recognition, promotion, protection, use, preservation, and […]

Colombia: Individual Insolvency Law

(Sept. 1, 2010) Colombia's Law 1380 of January 25, 2010, establishes the insolvency regimen for natural persons (with the exception of merchants). This new insolvency regime allows debtors who are Colombian residents to negotiate any type of debt with their creditors in a non-judicial, conciliation procedure. Alimony obligations are the only exception to this benefit. […]

Chile: Supreme Court of Justice Decision Disallows Additional Severance Payments for Teachers in Private Sector

(July 30, 2010) Chile's Labor Code was amended on March 29, 2008, to include provisions establishing that final trial decisions in labor cases may be challenged exclusively by the annulment recourse. The recourse, which suspends application of the trial decision, is decided by an appellate court. In general, no further appeal is allowed against the […]

Argentina; Chile: Integration Treaty Enters into Force

(Feb. 18, 2010) The Treaty of Maipú for Integration and Cooperation, designed to revive and update the Peace and Friendship Treaty signed between Argentina and Chile in 1984 but never fully implemented, was signed by representatives of the two countries on October 30, 2009, and entered into force on January 22, 2010. The purpose of […]

Chile: New Law Creates Ministry for the Environment, Other Environmental Agencies

(Feb. 17, 2010) Chile has enacted a new law that creates the Ministry of the Environment, the Environmental Evaluation Service, and the Superintendency for the Environment. It also contains other, less substantive amendments. (Ley 20417, amending Law 19,300 of 1993, the General Environmental Framework Law , OFFICIAL GAZETTE, Jan. 26, 2010, Biblioteca del Congreso Nacional […]

Nicaragua: Supreme Court Decision Permitting President, Others to Seek Reelection

(Dec. 18, 2009) On October 19, 2009, the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Nicaragua issued a decision that effectively permits the President, Vice-President, mayors, and vice-mayors to run for reelection. (Case No. 602-09, in the Amparo Writ Ortega et al. v. the Supreme Electoral Council of the Republic of Nicaragua, ARCHIVOS DE LA […]