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Terms and jargon associated with reporting on international labour standards.

 First report
Report containing full information on each of the provisions of a ratified Convention and each of the questions set out in the report form for the Convention. A first report is requested by the International Labour Office in February the year following the entry into force of a ratified Convention.
Example: If a country ratifies a Convention on 12 December 2013 it will enter into force for that country on 12 December 2014. A request to submit a first report will be addressed to that country in February 2015. That first report will be due at the latest on 1 September 2015.
 Flexibility clauses / devices
Permitted exclusions, exceptions or other limitations under the terms of an ILO Convention. Several ILO Conventions allow, e.g., given categories of people, economic activities or geographical areas to be exempted from application, but require a ratifying State which intends to make use of such limitations to indicate in its first article 22 report the extent to which it has recourse to them. It is therefore essential for the first report to include indications in this respect since, if it does not, the limitations will no longer be possible.
 Footnotes
Notes by the Committee of Experts placed at the end of its comments. They indicate cases in which, because of the nature of the problems encountered in the application of the ratified Conventions concerned, the Committee of Experts has deemed appropriate to ask the government to supply a report earlier than would otherwise have been the case and, in some instances, to supply full particulars to the International Labour Conference at its next session. See also “Double footnote” and “Single footnote”.
 Fundamental Conventions
Conventions Nos. 29,  87, 98, 100, 105, 111, 138 and 182. The reporting cycle for fundamental Conventions is three years.
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