Agreement on the Bill reforming subcontracting in the Federal Labor Law
April, 2021

Today, the president of the Mexican Republic, together with the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare and representatives of the Legislative Branch, announced an agreement with the principal representatives of the business and worker sector with respect to the Bill reforming subcontracting, which was presented at the end of last year.

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Executive Branch sends Hydrocarbons Bill to the Chamber of Deputies
March, 2021

On March 26, 2021, the Federal Executive Branch sent to the Deputies Chamber a “Bill with draft Decree amending the Hydrocarbons Act”.

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Decree Reforming the Electricity Industry Law and Directive withdrawing the Reliability Policy issued by SENER
March, 2021

As a follow-up to our publication released on February 5, 20211 , recently various acts have been published in the Federal Official Gazette (“DOF”) with a significant impact on the Mexican electricity industry, specifically, (i) the Decree amending provisions of the Electricity Industry Law (“LIE Reform Decree”) and (ii) the Directive Withdrawing the Reliability Policy issued by the Federal Ministry of Energy (“SENER”) in May, 2020 (the “Reliability Policy Withdrawal Directive“).

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The Chamber of Deputies takes up the approval of the Federal Law for the Regulation of Cannabis again
March, 2021

Yesterday March 10, 2021 the plenary of the Chamber of Deputies concluded the discussion of the Federal Law for the Regulation of Cannabis as part of the process of its legislative approval. Although the chamber approved many of the provisions previously discussed and approved in the Senate, it also included certain important changes that will have to return to the Senate for their discussion and possible approval.

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Chambers and Partners 2021 Rankings
February, 2021

We are proud to share that our firm has been ranked by Chambers and Partners Global 2021 as a “Top Firm”. Chambers and Partners conducts a thorough annual investigation process to identify the top 1% firms, teams and lawyers around the world.

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Relevant events in the electricity sector: Initiative to reform the Power Industry Law and the Supreme Court’s decision of the Constitutional Controversy
February, 2021

In recent days the following events have impacted the Mexican power industry: (i) on February 1, 2021, the filing before the House of Representatives (Cámara de Diputados) of a “preferential” initiative by the office of the Mexican President (the “Initiative”), which aims to modify the Power Industry Law (“LIE”, for its initials in Spanish) and (ii) the decision of the Second Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (“SCJN”) in Constitutional Controversy 89/2020 that the Federal Competition Commission (“COFECE”, for its acronym in Spanish) filed against the Reliability Policy that the Ministry of Energy (“SENER”, for its acronym in Spanish) issued in May of last year.

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Changes to the Protocol for the Legitimation of Collective Bargaining Agreements
February, 2021

Today the Directive amending the Protocol for the Legitimation of existing Collective Bargaining Agreements (hereinafter, “the Directive”), was published in the Official Federal Gazette (DOF).

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IMMEX, ALTEX and ECEX companies are exempt from compliance with the minimum levels of exports necessary to maintain their programs
February, 2021

Today the Ministry of Economy published a criterion on its web page related to the minimum level of exports that IMMEX, ALTEX and ECEX companies must comply with and declare every year to maintain their programs. In recognition of the terrible situation the export industry suffered during fiscal year 2020 because of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their operations, it was determined that the IMMEX, ALTEX and ECEX companies are not obligated to prove that they met the minimum level of exports required during that fiscal year. However, it is clarified that they will still be obligated to present the annual operations report for fiscal year 2020 according to the normal rules.

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Third suspension in the activities of the Mexican Antitrust Commission and its procedures
January, 2021

The Board of the Commission in its ordinary session held on January 26, which was published in the Official Gazette on January 29,1 decided that the initial suspension (December 14 to December 18 and January 11 to January 15, “Initial Suspension”) and the second suspension (January 18 to January 29, “Second Suspension”) of terms will be extended. In this regard and effective as of February 2 of this year, all times and terms will be suspended until February 19, 2021 (“Third Suspension”), excepting those related to merger control procedures and the issuance of opinions or decisions in the granting of licenses, concessions, permits and similar procedures.

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The acquisition of vaccines against COVID-19 by the state governments and entities of the National Health System is regulated
January, 2021

Yesterday the Federal Ministry of Health published a directive in the Federal Official Gazette that establishes, as an extraordinary public health action, that the governments of the states and public and private entities of the National Health System may assist in the National Vaccination Policy against the SARS-CoV2 virus, through the direct acquisition of the vaccine with their own resources.

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Von Wobeser boosts team with new partners and counsel
January, 2021

Mexico City, January 2021.- Von Wobeser y Sierra, S.C. is delighted to announce that it has bolstered the firm with the appointment of two partners and five counsel with complementary areas of expertise, in furtherance of our full-service approach to better serve our clients.

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The National Trade Facilitation Committee is created
January, 2021

The Directive creating the permanent National Trade Facilitation Committee (Committee) was published today in the Official Federal Gazette (DOF), the purpose of which is to coordinate the Federal Public Administration for the adequate design, execution and evaluation of the strategies for facilitating the international trade of merchandise.

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WhatsApp announces changes to its terms and conditions
January, 2021

On March 4, 2021, communications platform WhatsApp announced certain changes to its terms and conditions of use that would affect more than two billion registered users, and whose acceptance as of February 8 would be a prerequisite to continue using its messenger service.

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Suspension of legal terms for the Energy Regulatory Commission
January, 2021

On January 18, 2021, the Energy Regu­latory Commission (“CRE”) published in the Federal Official Gazette (“DOF”) the “Ruling number A / 001/2021 which declares the suspension of legal terms and proceedings carried out before the Energy Regulatory Com­mission as a measure to prevent and combat the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus". ("Ruling").

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The regulation governing the medical use of cannabis and its pharmacological derivatives is issued
January, 2021

The Regulation of the General Health Act regarding Health Control for the Production, Research and Medical Use of Cannabis and its Pharmacological Derivatives was published today in the Official Federal Gazette and its purpose is to identify and regulate the activities involving cannabis that are considered permitted because they are for a medical use.

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New rules and obligations in relation to home office
January, 2021

Today the Decree reforming article 311 and adding Chapter XII Bis to the Federal Labor Law, regarding home office (hereinafter, the Reform) was published in the Official Federal Gazette, which provisions will enter into force tomorrow.

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Values of the Unit of Measurement and Indexing in effect as of February 1, 2021
January, 2021

Today, the National Statistics and Geography Institute (INEGI for its initials in Spanish) published in the Official Federal Gazette the indexing of the values (daily, monthly and annual) of the Unit of Measurement and Indexing (UMA for its initials in Spanish), which will enter into force as of February 1st, 2021. Therefore, the new values of the UMA will be the following:

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Tax incentives in force beginning on January 1, 2021
January, 2021

On December 30 and 31, 2020 the (i) Decree amending the tax incentives of the northern border region; (ii) Decree of tax incentives for the southern border region; and (iii) Decree of the free zone of Chetumal (“Decrees”) were published in the Official Federal Gazette (“DOF”). These Decrees entered into force in general on January 1, 2021.

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New Payroll Tax obligation in Mexico City
January, 2021

In recent days the “Decree amending provisions of the Mexico City Tax Code” (“Decree”), was published in the Official Gazette of Mexico City, which entered into force on January 1, 2021.

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Restrictions for the use of products made with single-use plastics enter into force in Mexico City
January, 2021

On January 1, 2021, several provisions of the Mexico City Solid Waste Law entered into force (“Solid Waste Law”), amendments which were published in the Official Gazette of Mexico City on June 25, 2019, through which various restrictions are imposed to the sale, distribution and delivery of products made with single-use plastics in Mexico City.

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