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Ecuador: National Assembly Approves Amendment to Law on Human Mobility

(Mar. 26, 2021) On February 5, 2021, Ecuador’s National Assembly approved reforms to the Organic Law of Human Mobility. Among other measures, the changes provide new grounds for the inadmissibility and deportation of foreign citizens. The amendments allow deportation of aliens through administrative procedure. Ecuador’s new rules prohibit admission of foreign nationals who use false […]

Ecuador: Law on Restrictions on the Use of Plastic Enters into Force

(Feb. 16, 2021) On December 21, 2020, the Organic Law for the Rationalization, Reuse and Reduction of Single Use Plastics entered into force in Ecuador through its publication in the Registro Oficial, the official gazette. The purpose of the law is to restrict the use of single-use plastic products. Under the new law, the following […]

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 […]

Ecuador: Constitutional Court Upholds Same-Sex Marriage

(July 25, 2019) On June 12, 2019, Ecuador’s Constitutional Court (CC) upheld the right to same-sex marriage in the country, ruling in favor of two gay couples who had sued after their request to be married was denied by the country’s civil registry. (Corte Constitucional Aprueba Matrimonio Civil Igualitario en Ecuador, EL COMERCIO (June 12, […]

Ecuador: New Rules on Amending a Tax Return

(Nov. 16, 2016) Ecuador published a resolution from the national Internal Revenue Service (Servicio de Rentas Internas or SRI) in the country’s official gazette issue of October 31, 2016. The resolution, which was immediately applicable, contained regulations on amending a tax return.   (Gustavo Guerra, Ecuador: Regulations to File Amending Tax Returns, TAX NEWS SERVICE (Nov. […]

Ecuador: New Anti-Money Laundering Law

(Sept. 16, 2016) Ecuador’s new Law on the Prevention and Eradication of Money Laundering was adopted by the legislature on July 21, 2016. (Ley Orgánica de Prevención, Detección y Erradicación del Delito de Lavado de Activos y del Financiamiento de Delitos, REGISTRO OFICIAL (RO) (the official gazette) (July 21, 2016).)  The Law extends to nonfinancial businesses […]

Ecuador: Proposed Reform of Labor Code

(Dec. 12, 2014) Ecuador’s Executive branch has proposed amending the Labor Code to add a classification of types of work and specification of rights and obligations according to the different work activities. (En el Borrador de Código Laboral constan nuevas formas de empleo, EL UNIVERSO (May 9, 2014).) The new work classification includes the following: […]

Ecuador: Withdrawal from International Arbitration Agency

(Oct. 8, 2009) Ecuador has withdrawn from the International Center for the Settlement of Disputes (ICSID), the international arbitration agency of the World Bank, terminating its membership of 23 years. Executive Decree 1823 of July 2, 2009, was signed by President Rafael Correa to end the commitment of Ecuador to recognize the jurisdiction of the […]

Ecuador: Anti-Economic Crisis Strategy for Protection of Employment

(June 30, 2009) Ecuador has adopted a decree that creates a Commission Responsible for the Development, Promotion, and Monitoring of the Implementation of an Anti-Crisis Strategy for the Protection of Employment. The anti-crisis strategy is a systematic set of public policies, programs, and projects aimed at minimizing the impact of the international economic crisis on […]

Ecuador: U.S. Diplomat Expelled from Ecuador

(Feb. 27, 2009) On February 18, 2009, the First Secretary of the U.S. Embassy in Ecuador was expelled from the country “for interfering in the country's internal affairs.” This is the second expulsion of a U.S. diplomat from Ecuador in the month of February. The expulsion was announced after Police Headquarters presented a report at […]