Modifications to the tax provisions for 2021
September, 2020

This past September 8, the Federal Executive presented the economic package for the fiscal year 2021 (“FEP 2021”) to the Congress of the Union. It contemplates, among other things, the proposal of the Federal Revenue Law for Fiscal Year 2021, and the proposal of Decree (“Decree”) amending provisions of the Income Tax Law (“IT”), Value Added Tax Law (“VAT”), Special Tax on Production and Services Law (“STPS”), and the Federal Tax Code (“FTC”).

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Relevant Labor law issues (Labor Compliance)
August, 2020

As you may be aware, due to the Reform of the Federal Labor Law on May 1, 2019, some amendments to legal provisions have arisen, proposals for labor reforms, as well as the measures to confront the pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) virus, labor matters have gained great relevance, not to mention all the changes that must be implemented in collective bargaining matters in order to comply with the USMCA.

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Suspension of legal terms and time periods of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources is lifted
August, 2020

On August 24, 2020 the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (“SEMARNAT”) published the “Ruling lifting the suspension of legal terms and time periods in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and its Administrative Agencies” (“Ruling”) in the Federal Official Gazette.

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Update: The suspension of legal terms for the Energy Regulatory Commission concludes
August, 2020

Yesterday, the Energy Regulatory Commission (“CRE”) published in the Federal Official Gazette (“DOF”), the “Ruling resuming the legal terms and deadlines for the Energy Regulatory Commission, which were suspended as a measure to prevent and combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the various numbers A/010/2020, A/014/2020, A/015/2020 and A/018/2020”. (“Ruling”).

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Decree amending the Public Sector Acquisitions, Leases and Services Act entered into force
August, 2020

Today the Decree that adds a fifth paragraph to article 1 of the Public Sector Acquisitions, Leases and Services Act (“Acquisitions Act”) entered into force.

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Ruling by the National Hydrocarbons Commission to establish various measures to promote the development of oil activities
August, 2020

On August 3, 2020, “the Ruling by which the National Hydrocarbons Commission (“CNH”) establishes various measures to promote the development of oil activities” (the “Ruling”), which had been published by the National Commission for Regulatory Improvement to receive comments on July 17, 2020, was published in the Official Federal Gazette.

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Companies Certified under VAT and IEPS category are charged with new fees
August, 2020

The Tax Administration Service (SAT) published on its webpage today a minisite related to the “Payment of Fees of Certified Companies”, through which it intends to charge, retroactively and into the future, the companies Certified under VAT and IEPS category with certain fees. In effect, SAT considers that these companies have been obligated to pay annual fees from the moment they obtained their certification and for its entire duration. The “defaulting” companies may pay the fees with the applicable adjustments for inflation and surcharges.

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Ruling establishing new essential activities
August, 2020

Please be informed that on August 3, the Ministry of Health published in the Official Federal Gazette, the Ruling establishing new activities or industries considered essential, in order to guarantee the correct initiation of the school year 2020-2021.

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Modification of the standards for testing employees to detect COVID-19 in Mexico City
July, 2020

As part of the New Normality measures, it was determined that in Mexico City employers had to test their employees for the COVID-19 illness. However, on July 28, 2020, changes were published in the Official Gazette of Mexico City to the “Guidelines for the Execution of the Gradual Plan toward the New Normality in Mexico City”, which document provides new guidelines in relation to the application of those tests.

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Ruling announcing the method for disseminating the standards for vulnerable populations
July, 2020

On July 27, 2020, the Ministries of Health and of Labor and Social Welfare, together with the Mexican Social Security Institute, published in the Official Federal Gazette, the Ruling announcing the method for disseminating the standards for vulnerable population (hereinafter, the Standards).

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Draft regulation of cannabis for medical use
July, 2020

On July 27, 2020, the Regulation of Sanitary Control for the Medical Production, Research and Use of Cannabis and its Pharmacological Derivatives was published on the webpage of the National Regulatory Improvement Commission (CONAMER). Its primary purpose would be to establish the sanitary regulation, control, promotion and oversight of the raw material, molecular compounds, pharmacological derivatives and medicines of cannabis for production, scientific, industrial and medical purposes.

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Update: The suspension of time periods for the National Hydrocarbons Commission is concluded
July, 2020

On July 24, 2020, the “Ruling concluding the suspension of the time periods in the proceedings carried out before the National Hydrocarbons Commission (“CNH”)” (the “Ruling”), was published in the Official Federal Gazette (“DOF”).

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Extension of the suspension in the activities and terms of the Mexican Court of Administrative Justice
July, 2020

On July 16, 2020 and, subsequently, on July 24, 2020, the official communications SS/17/2020 and SS/19/2020, respectively, issued by the Plenary of the Superior Chamber of the Mexican Court of Administrative Justice (TFJA), were published in the Official Federal Gazette (DOF), in which the suspension of activities and terms was extended due to the health contingency caused by COVID-19.

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Possible extension of the implementation of the new front warning label system under the NOM-051-SCFI/ SSA1-2010
July, 2020

Today a draft inter-institutional ruling among the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Health and the Federal Consumer Protection Agency (PROFECO) was published on the webpage of the National Regulatory Improvement Commission (CONAMER), related to the verification of compliance with the modification of the “NOM-051-SCFI/SSA1-2010, General labeling specifications for prepackaged food and non-alcoholic beverages-commercial and health information”, which would require the inclusion of a new front warning label system on prepackaged food and non-alcoholic beverages beginning on October 1, 2020.

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Bill reforming the Social Security Law with respect to the Pension System
July, 2020

On July 22, the President of Mexico announced the presentation of a bill reforming the Social Security Law, in order to strengthen the Pension System through an increase in the amount of the pensions and an increase in the percentage of workers that will have access to a guaranteed pension.

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Bill reforming the Federal Labor Law regarding Telework
July, 2020

Yesterday the Commission of Labor and Social Welfare, and of Legislative Studies of the Chamber of Deputies approved the bill reforming and adding various provisions to the Federal Labor Law regarding Telework, which has become relevant due to the health emergency we are experiencing and was not included in the labor reform of May 1, 2019.

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Update: Fifth extension of the suspension of time periods for the National Energy Control Center
July, 2020

Today, it was published in the Official Federal Gazette (“DOF”) the Ruling by which the suspension of legal terms for the National Energy Control Center (“CENACE”) is extended for the fifth time (the “Ruling”).

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The Mexican Institute of Industrial Property restarts activities
July, 2020

On July 3, 2020, a new official communication issued by the Mexican Industrial Property Institute (IMPI) was published in the Official Federal Gazette (DOF) establishing the following, among other things:

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Possible criteria for verifying compliance with the NOM-051-SCFI/SSA1-2010 in the point of sale of products, beginning on October 1, 2020
July, 2020

The Standards Office (DGN) and the Federal Commission for Protection from Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS), published on the page of the National Commission for Regulatory Improvement (CONAMER) the draft of the “Ruling establishing the criteria for the implementation, verification and oversight, as well as the evaluation of conformance with the Amendment of the Official Mexican Standard NOM-051-SCFI/SSA1-2010, General labeling specifications for prepackaged food and non-alcoholic beverages-Commercial and health information, published in the Official Federal Gazette on March 27, 2020 (Implementation Ruling).”

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New laws are issued that impact the import and export of merchandise
July, 2020

As part of the process of implementing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), in force as of July 1, 2020, the enactment of a new General Import and Export Taxes Act (GIETA) and amendments to the Customs Act (CA) was published in the Official Federal Gazette.

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