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  • Monday, April 18, 2016 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


     In This Issue:

    • Regional Regulatory Updates
    • Miami Small Group to Meet May 1
      • Additional Small Groups Forming - Update Your Profile!
    • LAMERG Training Programs Taking Shape
    • HR Policy Association Global LR Training Programs Available
    • AMEERG Meeting Approaching

    Regional Regulatory Updates

    Changes Coming to Nearly Half of Costa Rica's Employment
    and Labor Laws 

    Costa Rica is preparing to implement a series of significant changes to their
    employment and labor laws which will become effective on July 25, 2017.  
    An article from Littler Global indicates that nearly half of the country’s labor
    and employment laws will be changed.  The article presents an abridged
    outline of the most important changes under the reform and their potential
    impact on three fronts: (1) individual labor law governing the
    employer-employee relationship; (2) collective bargaining; and
    (3) labor procedures.

    Public Employees Striking in Argentina 

    The response from Argentina’s labor unions to President Macri is becoming
    increasingly clear, and has resulted in two recent strikes by public employees. 
    The first involved immigration employees, and 
    the most recent (4 April) was initiated by the teachers union.  Most publicly available
    sources suggest that between 30,000 and 40,000 public workers have been
    released, although many of those were contingent workers whose contracts
    were not renewed early in the year.

    ITF Claims DHL Fails to Honor Its Own Code of Conduct

    DHL and the International Transport Federation (ITF) continue to have differences
    related to employment and labor practices in Latin America. 
    ITF recently published an article on their site, which shares what they describe as an
    “independent investigation” by Breaking the Code. The investigation deals
    specifically with activities in Chile, Colombia, and Panama.  The ITF  claims
    that they now “have proof that it’s breaking it’s much trumpeted code of conduct."

    Know the Chain Announces New Methodology to
    Investigate Global Supply Chains

    As we discussed in the Miami meeting, global supply chains will continue to come
    under additional scrutiny.  Know the Chain (an NGO) has announced their
    intention to conduct sector-level comparative benchmarking of corporate policies
    and practices to address forced labor in their supply chain. They recently 
    published their methodology, as well as the first 20 companies, who are all in the
    information and communications technology (ICT) sector.  The objective is a
    global view rather than Latin America focused.  However, they also announced
    that their next efforts will target the food & beverage and apparel segments,
    and will likely bring a focus much closer to home. 

    Employment Rates Published in Mexico and Brazil

    Trading Economics shows that the unemployment in Mexico continues to drop,
    and was reported 4.15% in February, down from 4.24 in January.  At the same time,
     Brazil is continuing to show increasing levels of unemployment, and was at 8.2% for
    the same period. That is an increase from 7.6% in January.  As always,
    employment statistics have differing amounts of credibility and should be
    viewed with care.


    First of Small Networks to Meet May 10 in Miami -
    Update Your Profile to Receive Invitation

    The first of our small network groups will meet May 10 in Miami, where Steve
    Gilbert will host all interested LR/ER/HR professionals for an informal dinner.
    There is no agenda - just a free-flowing discussion among peers. Specific location
    TBD. Register online to attend the Miami Networking Dinner.

    Additional small local networking groups are now forming in both the U.S. and
    Latin America. Please edit your profile by 1 May 2016 to indicate which groups
    are of interest to you. Hosts will then begin contacting the groups to determine
    a meeting date and locations. Groups are currently forming for 6 regions:

    • Miami, FL
    • New Jersey/New York
    • Minneapolis/St. Paul
    • Mexico City
    • Buenos Aires, Argentina
    • Sao Paulo, Brazil

    LAMERG Training Programs Taking Shape

    Dates are being finalized for the initial offerings of two training programs
    approved by members in February 2016. Complete information, including
    online registration, will be announced shortly via email and on www.lamerg.com.

    The Latin America LR/ER Overview provides a discussion regarding major themes
    and issues in several countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru,
    and Venezuela). This course will outline the general structure and process of
    labor relations, scope of labor contracts, and typical points of negotiation. We
    will also discuss the practical implications of the widely varying government
    approaches, as well as constraints and approaches to restructuring and

    Littler Global will be our presenting partner in Miami and Sao Paulo.
    Funes de Rioja & Asociados will be our presenting partner in Buenos Aires.

    Leading From The Inside Out is intended for business leaders who are relocating
    to Latin America from other regions, or within Latin America to assume new
    leadership roles. Attendees will gain an understanding of different Latin American communication styles and behaviors, and receive a personal cultural assessment and comparison to the new country
    (or countries). They will develop a behaviorally-based action plan for introduction
    to the new organization and business environment, as well. Saltar Consulting will
    be our partner in delivering the program, and many of you had a chance to
    meet Natalie d’Aubermont Thompson during our recent meeting. 


    HR Policy Association Offers
    Global Labor Relations Professional Certification 

    HR Policy Association has recently communicated a series of programs leading
    to their Global Labor Relations Professional Certification.  These include the
    following three sessions:

    ·        The International Labor & Human Rights Agenda –
    Implications for Global Firms and their Value Chain
     takes a deep dive into
    international labor standards, the UN Guiding Principles for Business and
    Human Rights, the John Ruggie "Protect, Respect and Remedy" Framework
    and the OECD Guidelines.  
    Location and Dates:April 26-27 in Washington, D.C.

    ·        Developing and Leading an Effective Global Labor Relations Program 
    provides more in-depth guidance on creating the essential elements of a
    multinational employment/labor relations program, including building the
    business case for change, defining success, and creating a global employee and labor relations strategy.
    Location and Dates:July 11-13 in New York City (hosted by IBM).

    ·        Understanding the Global Labor Challenge is the introductory course
    that provides a fundamental understanding of the global LR/ER field in
    order to manage a successful program.  
    Location and Dates:September 13-15 in Crystal City, VA (hosted by Lockheed Martin).

    The courses will be taught by the Association's and their global allies' experts
    in the area of global employment relations, as well as leaders from
    HR Policy Association member companies who offer their own perspective
    on how their companies approach these issues.


    AMEERG Meeting Approaching 

    The Dubai AMEERG networking meeting will take place on the afternoon of
    Monday April 25th- it will be hosted by  Hewlett Packard Enterprise at their
    offices at Dubai Internet City. There is no charge for attending. The meeting
    is open to people from BEERG and HR Policy member companies,so please 
    share the details of this meeting with any of your colleagues based in
    Dubai/UAEor nearby. Contact Derek Mooney at derek.mooney@beerg.com 
    for more information.


    We love to hear from you! 

    LAMERG exists solely for the benefit of you, our members!
    Please send us your thoughts, comments, questions, and suggestions at any time. 

    Steve Gilbert, Executive Director

    Melissa Glatz, Chief of Communications and Operations

  • Thursday, March 03, 2016 8:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    More than four dozen HR leaders leaders based across the Americas came together in Miami, FL last week to discuss the toughest challenges they face in the Latin America region – and shared solutions that have worked for their companies.

    For the keynote address, the President of the International Organization of Employers, Dr. Daniel Funes de Rioja, shared his insights on role multi-national enterprises must play globally and in the region.  He brought an informed perspective about the importance of looking for opportunities to negotiate for the right solution, which is one which both creates opportunities for profitable business and provides a pathway to improved living standards and workforce participation at all levels of society.

    Additionally, attendees heard from Brad Grider of HanesBrands, Inc. and their commitment to a responsible global supply chain, specifically related to positive labor practices in the Americas. In addition to a commitment to local law and international standards, Grider described how the company engages with its employees and suppliers to ensure quality facilities and recognition programs.  He gave concrete examples about how they have greatly improved the lives and communities of employees in the Dominican Republic while also ensuring a highly productive and engaged workforce.

    Alan Wild of IBM Corporation shared the insights about the rapidly evolving world of employee engagement and the convergence of employee engagement and labor relations. One example was the termination of a single employee outside the US which resulted in post which was ultimately retweeted more than four million times and led to headlines in news outlets globally.

    Participants also heard recent research regarding the importance of acceleration in developing leadership and talent within an organization from Rubén Hillar of Heidrick & Struggles.

    Throughout the session, member company panelists and legal experts shared their experiences in:

    For more information on future events like this seminar, check the Events page.


  • Wednesday, March 02, 2016 8:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Latin America Employee Relations Group successfully launched 23 February 2016 at the inaugural membership meeting in Miami, FL. Three dozen members provided guidance for LAMERG's focused activities in the coming year, including:

    Creation and delivery of four key training programs.

    Based on member requests and feedback at the exploratory meeting in April 2015, Executive Director Steve Gilbert presented outlines and proposals for four key training programs that address key company needs. Each program is designed to include both lecture and hands-on skills practice, and, based on member feedback, will be developed in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

    • Recruitment and Talent Attraction in Latin America - learn and practice skills to source candidates, evaluate resumes/c.v.’s, conduct behavioral based interviews, and better identify truthful answers. Also learn about techniques to use social media and open recruitment models.
    • Understanding Latin America Employee and Labor Relations Overview – provides general knowledge and insight about high level current topics and themes, and a context for asking local leaders and labor practitioners informed questions as part of employee relations or labor planning activities. Also supports a network of human resources and employee relations professionals with shared interests and approaches.
    • Latin America Negotiation Preparation and Negotiations Simulation – provides insight about contract preparation, contact costing, contingency planning, negotiations techniques, and identification and preparation of the management negotiating team. Also provides a meaningful negotiations experience with LR experts portraying the union, and real deadlines and stress events.
    • Leading from the Inside Out – Cross Cultural Leadership – provides an understanding of different Latin American communication styles and behaviors. • A personal cultural assessment will be provided via the CultureActive tool and a comparison to the new country (or countries) A Behavior Tracking & Action Plan will be created to support new leader assimilation in the new team and/or country.

    Creation and launch of small, regional networking groups.

    Support small informal, local gatherings/dinners for HR and labor leaders of member and “like-minded” companies on a regular basis. Members have agreed to serve as hosts in six cities:

    • Mexico City, Mexico
    • Sao Paulo, Brazil
    • Buenos Aires, Argentina
    • New York City, N.Y.
    • Miami, Fla.
    • Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.

    Planning of twice-annual membership meetings.

    LAMERG members plan to gather twice a year through 2018, with February meeting taking place in Miami, FL USA, and September meetings taking place in region. Tentative dates are:

    • 27-28 September 2016 – Panama City, Panama
    • Late February 2017 – Miami, FL
    • September 2017 – in region TBD
    • Late February 2018 – Miami, FL

    Other communications initiatives.

    Members also expressed interest in flash briefings via webinar or conference call, a quarterly newsletter, and notification of events from partner groups that are relevant to member interests.

    As these initiatives are flushed out and ready for delivery, they will be announced on http://www.lamerg.com/

    Complete details may be found in the presentation for the LAMERG Inaugural Membership Meeting.


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