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5th Inter-American Labor Law conference set for Havana

Posted July 01, 2005 by publisher in Cuba Business.
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Anyone who is a professional in the areas of labor law or social benefits/social security is allowed under U.S. law to visit Cuba to participate in this conference. This would including attorneys and other legal professionals who address these issues, as well as union officials and staff, for example.
Kindly spread the word, and feel free to contact me re any Qs. This is one of the relatively rare instances where a specific U.S. license does NOT need to be applied for in advance of the travel.
Art Heitzer
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633 W. Wisconsin Ave Suite 1410
Milwaukee, WI 53203
414-273-1040, ext. 12; fax 414-273-4859

Here is a synopsis of the full attached Conference invitation (followed by a further explanation re the US travel rules applicable in this instance, from Debra Evenson, former NLG president):

V INTER-AMERICAN MEETING ON LABOR LAW AND SOCIAL SECURITY
“EQUITY, JUSTICE, DIGNITY AND SOCIAL PROTECTION
IN LABOR RELATIONS”

HAVANA, CUBA OCTOBER 18-21, 2005

The American Association of Jurists (AAJ) and the Latin American Association of Labor Lawyers (ALAL), with the co-sponsorship of the Cuban Society of Labor Law and Social Security of the National Union of Jurists, invite all jurists of the continent to participate in the V Inter-American Meeting on Labor Law and Social Security, to be held together with the VI Latin American Meeting of Labor Lawyers at the Nacional Hotel of Cuba, in Havana, October 18 to 21, 2005.

The objective of the Meeting is to discuss topics of significant impact in the world of labor rights which demand reflection by and exchange of experiences among the lawyers and jurists in all countries of the hemisphere, with a view to both develop strategies to prevent the disregard and deterioration of workers’ employment rights and to oppose the forthcoming implementation in the region of restrictive labor legislation as contemplated in the FTAA.

All Legal professionals who apply for registration to the Organizing Committee may participate as speakers or delegates.

SPONSORS:

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF JURISTS (AAJ)
LATIN AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF LABOR LAWYERS (ALAL)

Co-sponsor:

CUBAN SOCIETY OF LABOR LAW AND SOCIAL SECURITY OF THE NATIONAL UNION OF JURISTS

TOPICS (partial list):

Effects of neoliberal policies on employment security
Employment in light of the new international economic context
Transnationalization of production and labor migration
The judicial-labor relation in the face of simulated employment contracts and fraud
The ILO and labor rights in the context of neoliberal globalization
Labor law and social security in the face of the regional integration
Social security and the challenges of the 21st Century
Alternative dispute resolution to resolve labor conflicts
Employment discrimination and the international labor agreements on the protection of women and children
The fragility of negotiation rights in the face of the increasing informality of employment
Violence in the workplace and its relation to security, health and the environment

——- Original Message——-
From: Debra Evenson
Sent: Tuesday, June 28, 2005 8:26 AM
Subject: Fw: AAJ Labor Law Conference in Havana, Oct 18-21 attach


Dear friends:
I attach the announcement for the AAJ Labor Law Conference to be held in Havana, Cuba, October 18-21.
This conference is covered by the general license provided by the US travel regulations for professional travel to attend international conferences in their field.  This means that full-time US professionals wanting to travel to Cuba to attend this conference may do so without having to apply to the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) for a specific license.
We suggest, however, that those who do attend, carry with them a copy of the authorizing regulation:
31 CFR 515.564 Professional research and professional meetings in Cuba.

(a) General license.

2) The travel-related transactions set forth in 515.560(c) and such additional transactions as are directly incident to travel to Cuba by full-time professionals to attend professional meetings or conferences in Cuba organized by an international professional organization, institution, or association that regularly sponsors meetings or conferences in other countries are authorized, provided that:

(i) The international professional organization, institution, or association is not headquartered in the United States unless that organization, institution, or association has been specifically licensed to sponsor the meeting in Cuba;

(ii) The purpose of the meeting or conference is not the promotion of tourism in Cuba or other commercial activities involving Cuba that are inconsistent with this part; and

(iii) The meeting or conference is not intended primarily for the purpose of fostering production of any biotechnological products.

For further information, please contact:

Vanessa Ramos:  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Marjorie Cohn: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Member Comments

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On July 01, 2005, Cubana wrote:

Umm…

One presumes they won’t be discussing the complete absence of labour rights in Cuba.