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Terms and jargon associated with reporting on international labour standards.

 Shelved Conventions
Outdated Conventions which are no longer open for ratification and are no longer subject to regular supervision by the ILO. No article 22 reports are requested for shelved Conventions on a regular basis. The shelving of Conventions is without incidence as to their effects on the legal systems of the member States which have ratified them.
Employers’ and workers’ organizations remain free to present comments on problems encountered in the fields covered by shelved Conventions. In accordance with established procedures, these comments are considered by the Committee of Experts, which could request a report as it might deem appropriate.
 Simplified reports
Subsequent reports (i.e. reports submitted after the first report) are simplified reports.
Simplified reports should contain: (1) any new (i.e. intervening since the last report) legislative or other measures affecting the application of the ratified Convention; (2) statistical or other information and communications prescribed by the Convention in question; (3) information on representative organizations of employers and workers to whom the report has been communicated and any observations received from these organizations; and (4) replies to pending comments of the supervisory bodies.
In 2018, the Governing Body has adopted an integrated report form for simplified reports.
 Single footnote
A decision by the Committee of Experts to request an out of cycle report contained in a footnote to a comment. Such requests are listed separately in the General Report of the Committee of Experts. A single footnote can contain two types of requests. Governments may be asked: (1) to reply in detail to the comment a specific year, or (2) to report in detail a specific year. In the first case, a full response to the comments raised should be submitted the year indicated. In the second case a detailed report is required in addition to a response to the comment.
 Social partners
Frequently used term to collectively indicate employers, workers and their organizations.
 Special notes
See “Footnotes”, as well as “Double footnote” and “Single footnote”.
 Special paragraph
Following examination of an individual case by the Conference Committee on the Application of Standards, the conclusions in situations of special concern are highlighted in special paragraphs under the heading of Special Cases in the General Report of the Conference Committee.
 Submission
Requirement to submit new Conventions and Recommendation to the competent national authorities pursuant to article 19, paragrpash 5-7, of the ILO Constitution. ILS should be submitted within a year after closing of the session of the International Labour Conference during which the instruments have been adopted. The main aim of this requirement is to promote measures at the domestic level for implementation of Conventions and Recommendations. Furthermore, in the case of Conventions, the procedure also aims to promote ratification.
NOTE: The obligation also applies to Protocols in as much as they constitute partial revisions of and can thus be assimilated to Conventions.
 Subsequent reports
All article 22 reports on the application of ratified Conventions submitted after a first report has been submitted.
 Supervisory mechanisms of the ILO
There are two kinds of supervisory mechanisms: (1) the regular system of supervision based on examination of periodic reports submitted by ILO member States on the measures they have taken to implement the provisions of the ratified Conventions; and (2) special procedure including a representation procedure and a complaint procedure of general application, together with a special procedure for freedom of association.
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