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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 […]

Uruguay: Ministry of Public Health Requires All Entering Country to Present Negative COVID-19 Test

(July 15, 2020) On July 6, 2020, Uruguay’s Ministry of Public Health (MPH) issued Ordinance 649/2020, requiring Uruguayan nationals and foreigners entering the country—whether by air, land, or sea—to prove they have tested negative for COVID-19 within the previous 72 hours. The ordinance also mandates that those who enter present an affidavit stating they have […]

Spain: Government Employees Authorized to Telework up to Four Days a Week

(June 25, 2020) An agreement was reached between the government employees’ unions and the Ministry of Territorial Policy and Public Administration (MTPPA) allowing government employees in Spain to telework four days a week and go to their offices only one day a week. The agreement entered into force on June 21, 2020, and will last until an […]

Colombia: COVID-19 Health Emergency Extended until July 1, 2020

(June 9, 2020) On May 28, 2020, the president of Colombia, Iván Duque Márquez, issued Decree No. 749 of May 28, 2020, extending the health emergency previously declared because of the COVID-19 pandemic and ordering a mandatory preventive quarantine regime to remain in effect from June 1, 2020, to July 1, 2020. To ensure the […]

Peru: Public Sector Employees to Work Remotely until End of Year

(June 1, 2020) On May 10, 2020, the government of Peru issued Legislative Decree No. 1505, authorizing public entities to implement remote work until December 31, 2020, for public sector workers confronting the COVID-19 health emergency. The exceptional temporary measures are aimed at ensuring that civil servants return to their workplaces gradually, under conditions that guarantee […]

Paraguay: Campaign Financing Law Amended

(May 7, 2020) On February 18, 2020, Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benítez signed Law No. 6501/2020, amending Law No. 4743/2012 Regulating Political Financing. Law No. 6501 creates a unit within the Superior Court of Electoral Justice (Tribunal Superior de Justicia Electoral, TSJE) to be in charge of arranging, coordinating, and supervising policies and procedures to prevent […]

Colombia: Congress to Vote on Legislation in Virtual Sessions

(May 5, 2020) On March 28, 2020, Colombian President Iván Duque Márquez issued Legislative Decree 491/2020, which permits governmental bodies, including the legislature, to conduct business virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic. Article 12 of the decree allows for remote sessions in which members can deliberate by any means (por cualquier medio) and make decisions by […]

Chile: Ministry of Health Announces Issuance of COVID-19 Immunity Card, Easing Restrictions for Some

(Apr. 30, 2020) On April 9, 2020, Chile’s minister of health, Jaime Mañalich, announced the issuance of a document to those people who have recovered from COVID-19 as indicated by antibody testing, releasing them from quarantine and other restrictions. The “COVID Cards” will be issued to individuals who have recovered from the disease 14 days after […]