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Labor Rights Agreement Signed by U.S. and Honduras

Friday, December 11, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The U.S. and Honduras have signed an agreement on labor rights that supports a monitoring and action plan to address gaps in the enforcement of Honduran labor laws that were identified in a February 2015 Department of Labor report on the country’s compliance with the U.S.-Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement. According to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, implementation of this plan will specifically address shortcomings concerning labor inspections, access of inspectors to enterprises, and illegal dismissals of workers. The DOL adds that these actions go beyond the recommendations in its report by not only addressing the legal, institutional, and practical challenges to labor law enforcement in Honduras but also increasing transparency, outreach to labor and business stakeholders, and U.S.-Honduran cooperation to help sustain this agreement.

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