Central America

Temporary Layoffs during the COVID-19 Crisis

Companies have asked “Can an employer do temporary layoffs?” and want the answer in a short, summary format – and the ILN has answered – 14 member jurisdictions have weighed in with concise responses to help guide your business in the current crisis.

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Establishment of rules for the use of electronic media outlets in government procedures

Given the current scenario in our country, it is necessary to reinforce our system to encourage the use of electronic means in government procedures, whereby the National Government has enacted Law No.144 on 15th April, 2020 that modifies and includes articles of our Law No.83 of 2012.

This mandatory regulation will be applied gradually and progressively in accordance with the schedule of the National Authority for Government Innovation (AIG). To this end, the AIG will collaborate with the different public entities, to gradually establish a standardized document management system. for the public sector. Read more…

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Government suspends evictions and launches, and freezes rental fees in face of the current state of emergency.

Executive Order No. 145 of 1st May, 2020 suspends evictions and launches, and freezes rental fees during the state of emergency.

You may access the decree here

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United Nations elects Panama as the regional hub for humanitarian aid against COVID-19

The United Nations Organization (UN) selected Panama as the region’s collection and distribution center as part of the strategy to face the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), a task that will be coordinated by the World Organization of the Health (WHO).

This is part of the organization’s strategy to supply medical products to send to the countries that are most in need. In Latin America, the collection center will be located in Panama, while in Europe it will be in Belgium, in addition to other centers in China, Ethiopia, Ghana, South Africa, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates. Read more…

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ILN Labor Group Paper – Paid Leave

Twenty ILN member firms collaborated to answer the question, “Are employees entitled to paid leave due to Covid-19?” The following document addresses in summary form this issue in a number of jurisdictions.

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Force Majeure During the COVID-19 Crisis

Companies have asked “Does the current corona crisis constitute a (global) force majeure – act of god situation from a legal point of view?” and want the answer in a short, summary format – and the ILN has answered – 23 member jurisdictions have weighed in with concise responses to help guide your business in the current crisis.

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ASAMBLEA LEGISLATIVA APRUEBA PROCEDIMIENTO PARA LA REDUCCIÓN TEMPORAL DE JORNADAS DE TRABAJO ANTE DECLARATORIA DE EMERGENCIA NACIONAL

El día de hoy, 23 de marzo del 2020, se publicó y por ende entró a regir la “Ley de Autorización de reducción de Jornadas de Trabajo ante la Declaratoria de Emergencia Nacional” la cual establece la posibilidad para el empleador de aplicar una reducción temporal de jornadas de trabajo con el fin de combatir la destrucción masiva del empleo, cuando los ingresos brutos del empleador se vean reducidos producto de la declaratoria de emergencia nacional, de la siguiente forma: Read more…

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Panamá: Procedimiento para Cierre de Establecimientos – COVID-19

Mediante el Decreto Ejecutivo No. 500 de 19 de marzo de 2020, se ha ordenado el cierre temporal de establecimientos comerciales y empresas de personas naturales o jurídicas en el territorio nacional como medida sanitaria para evitar la propagación del nuevo virus Covid-19 y, a través del Decreto Ejecutivo No.81 20 de marzo de 2020, se establece el procedimiento a seguir por dicho cierre. Read more…

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