Background

The Interagency Labor Committee for Monitoring and Enforcement is seeking public comments by Aug. 15 on the procedures for submissions by the public of information with respect to potential failures by Canada or Mexico to implement their labor obligations under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

On Dec. 21, 2006, the Department of Labor published an updated notice of procedural guidelines for the receipt and review of public submissions on matters related to free trade agreement labor chapters and the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation. The protocol of amendment for the USMCA terminates the NAALC effective July 1, 2020, and section 716(a) of the USMCA Implementation Act requires the Interagency Labor Committee to establish procedures for submissions by the public of information with respect to potential failures to implement the labor obligations of a USMCA country.

Accordingly, the Interagency Labor Committee is now seeking input on its interim procedural guidelines for the receipt and review of petitions and information pursuant to USMCA Chapter 23 (labor chapter) and Annex 31-A (facility-specific rapid response labor mechanism).

Separately, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has waived the application, with respect to eligible products of Mexico and suppliers of such products, of any law, regulation, procedure, or practice regarding government procurement that would result in treatment less favorable than that accorded to U.S. products and suppliers of such products or to eligible products of another foreign country or instrumentality which is a party to the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement.

For more information on the USMCA, please contact Nicole Bivens Collinson at (202) 730-4956. For details on specific aspects of the agreement, click here to view one of ST&R’s in-depth seminars. Click here and here for more information on the changes made by USMCA.

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