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Leticia Ribeiro has been recognized by the Latin Lawyer, Legal 500 and Client Choice Awards as a leading employment lawyer. Leticia joined the firm in 1998 and became partner in 2013. Frequently praised for her practical and business oriented advice, technical knowledge and creativity, over 20 years experience in advising clients on employment matters. Trench Rossi Watanabe and Baker McKenzie have executed a strategic cooperation agreement for consulting on foreign law.

Due to the pandemic and social distancing measures, employers and employees are making use of communication apps to convey changes in the work routine and even termination of the employment agreement. As a result, many lawsuits have been filed before labor courts challenging the use of communication apps for these purposes.

Latin America has been undergoing COVID-19 vaccination developments on many fronts. The news that a vaccine is finally becoming a reality presents organizations with the possibility of returning to business as normal. While governments and health organizations are still pushing forward their vaccination programs, with regulatory approvals still pending in most countries, there is uncertainty about the timing, viability, and availability of a vaccine. All this has been resulting in many issues arising on employer-mandated vaccinations across many industries in their business operations.

We are advising employers on the permissibility of vaccine mandates in particular jurisdictions, the ability to require proof of vaccination (including data privacy considerations), how to treat employees who refuse vaccines, workplace health and safety requirements, and much more.

An Employment & Compensation Practice and Healthcare & Life Sciences Industry Initiative
With major vaccine developments in Latin America, including kick-offs for vaccine campaigns, employers should consider whether a vaccination policy is right for their workplace, keeping in mind that such policies implicate a broad range of employment laws and regulations, and that many of these vary from country to country.

Our four-part webinar series is your passport to ensure that your organization is up to speed on the key labor and employment issues affecting business operations in Europe, the Americas, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East and Africa.
In each regional 60-minute webinar recording, our in-market presenters discuss the most recent developments and challenges impacting employers and share legal updates, practical tips and takeaways for companies to action now.

Executive Order no. 1,045 was issued today, implementing the New Emergency Program for Maintenance of Jobs and Income in Brazil. The order contains additional employment-related measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and reinstates some of the provisions previously contained in Executive Order no. 936, which was converted into Law no. 14,020/20.

LATAM has also been hit hard by COVID-19 and in late December 2020 certain countries started administering the first doses of vaccines. The news that a COVID-vaccine is finally becoming a reality presents organizations with the possibility of returning to business as normal.

The Brazilian president on 10 March 2021, sanctioned Law 14.125/2021, authorizing private companies to purchase COVID-19 vaccines approved by the health regulatory agency (ANVISA). All doses must be reverted to the public healthcare system while priority groups are being vaccinated. After the vaccination of priority groups is completed, companies will be able to purchase the vaccines for their own use (distributing them free of charge), but 50% of the shots must still be reverted to the public healthcare system.

Companies are facing critical business challenges in regard to their most important asset – their people. While workforce transformation is not a new concept for global organizations, the pandemic has forced us to rapidly adapt our standard ways of working and how we engage with employees to ensure the long-term…