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Spain: Decree Law Protecting Tenants in Vulnerable Economic Situations Enacted

(Jan. 13, 2021) On December 22, 2020, the Spanish government enacted Royal Decree-Law 37/2020 to adopt urgent measures to protect people in vulnerable economic situations from losing their housing because of the COVID-19 emergency. The new law allows the tenants of a permanent residence to request an extraordinary suspension of eviction or release because they […]

Argentina: Senate Passes Bill Legalizing Abortion

(Jan. 7, 2021) On December 30, 2020, Argentina’s Senate passed a bill legalizing abortion until the 14th week of pregnancy. The vote, which took place after a 12-hour debate, saw 38 senators supporting the bill, 29 opposing it, and one abstaining. The new law establishes the conditions under which a woman may voluntarily terminate a […]

Spain: Government’s Contact Tracing App Now in Operation Throughout Country

(Nov. 20, 2020) The Spanish government’s official contact tracing application, “Radar Covid,” achieved nationwide operation on October 27, 2020, when the Catalan Health Service began distributing the app’s codes to users. The app has been officially up and running since August 10, but because of “the lack of codes and the slowness of the autonomous […]

Colombia: Congress Passes Law Ratifying Inter-American Convention on the Protection of Human Rights of Older Persons

(Oct. 20, 2020) On September 10, 2020, Colombia’s Congress passed Law No. 2055 to ratify the Inter-American Convention on the Protection of Human Rights of Older Persons. The convention had been adopted at the General Assembly of the Organization of American States in Washington, DC, on June 15, 2015, and entered into force on January […]

Chile: Plebiscite on New Constitution Scheduled

(Sept. 22, 2020) On March 29, 2020, Chilean President Sebastián Piñera issued Decree 388, which calls for a national plebiscite on October 25, 2020, on whether Chilean citizens want a new constitution and through what mechanism. The repeal of the current constitution, which was enacted in 1980 during the Pinochet regime, emerged as one of […]

Ecuador: Humanitarian Support Law Enacted to Address COVID-19 Economic Emergency

(Sept. 21, 2020) The Organic Law on Humanitarian Support, enacted on June 22, 2020, declares COVID-19 an economic emergency in Ecuador and seeks to mitigate the health, economic, and social crises it has caused. The Law includes a provision on the termination of employment relationships due to unforeseeable circumstances or a force majeure. Other key […]

Peru: New Law Passed Imposing Criminal Penalties for Price Gouging and Hoarding of Essential Goods

(Sept. 14, 2020) On August 29, 2020, the Congress of Peru promulgated Law No. 31040 of August 28, 2020, which amends the Penal Code and the Code of Protection and Defense of the Consumer. The new law introduces the concept of essential goods and services for the life and health of people in order to […]

Argentina: Mobile Phone, Internet, and Cable TV Services Declared Public Services

(Sept. 4, 2020) On August 21, 2020, Argentina’s president, Alberto Fernández, issued a decree amending the country’s Information and Communication Technologies Law to declare cell phone, internet, and pay television services to be public services. (Decreto de Necesidad y Urgencia (Decree of Necessity and Urgency, DNU) 690/2020, Aug. 21, 2020; Ley de Tecnologías de la […]

Argentina: New Law on Telework Promulgated

(Aug. 24, 2020) On July 30, 2020, the Argentine Congress passed Law 27555 on the Teleworking Contracts Regime, which provides the legal framework for teleworking in employment settings that allow it. The new legislation, which will become effective 90 days after the national government declares the end of the country’s mandatory COVID-19 quarantine, was signed […]

Chile: New Constitutional Amendment Imposes Term Limits for Certain Public Officials

(July 29, 2020) On July 8, 2020, Law No. 21238, which amends the Chilean Political Constitution to establish limitations on the reelection of certain public officials, entered into force in Chile. The new law also provides that elections for deputies (members of the lower house of the national legislature) and senators are to be held […]