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Supreme Decree No. 006-2021-TR, which approves the collective bargaining Regulation and minimum working conditions of the Agrarian Labor Regime Law, was published on 30 March 2021. This standard sets out provisions related to the promotion of collective bargaining in the agricultural sector and the minimum working conditions that companies must implement.

The Subsecretary of Open Government and Digital Country, dependent on the Chief of Cabinet of Ministers), created the Vacunación COVID-19 database by means of Disposition No. 06/2021, published in the Official Gazette on 21 April 2021. Its purpose is to organize, accelerate and make effective the administration of vaccines authorized by the competent entities and jurisdictions against COVID-19, contributing to the prevention of the virus and the limitation of its health consequences.

On 4 May 2021, the General Attorney’s Office of the Municipality of Rio de Janeiro enacted Resolution No. 1.052/2021, introducing a new amnesty program (“Resolve Rio”). The Resolve Rio program allows taxpayers to settle their debts with the Rio de Janeiro Municipality through reductions in interest, punitive fines and late payment fees of up to 60%.

The Ministry of the Environment, IBAMA and ICMBIO have edited Joint Normative Instruction (INC) MMA/IBAMA/ICMBio No. 2/2021, published in the Federal Official Gazette on Thursday, 29 April. The new INC updated certain procedures established by Joint INC No. 1/2021, which was published at the beginning of April, particularly those related to inspection reports.

On May 12, 2021,the US Trade Representative (USTR) announced that the United States has asked Mexico to review whether workers at a General Motors (GM) facility are being denied the right of free association and collective bargaining. The request is the first time any country has used the novel Rapid Response Labor Mechanism in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). USTR and the Department of Labor received information appearing to indicate serious violations of these workers’ rights in Silao, State of Guanajuato in connection with a recent worker vote, organized by the existing union, to approve their collective bargaining agreement.

In view of several controversies that have arisen during the last days, the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security (“Ministry of Labor”), by means of a note, ratified the validity of Joint Resolution No. 4/2021, by which it has established that employers are entitled to summon workers included in the assumptions of exemption from the duty of attendance to face-to-face work if such workers have received at least the first dose of any of the vaccines intended to generate acquired immunity against COVID-19.

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.