COVID-19 Articles

May 12, 2020

Mexico Suspends Labor Court Operations and Deadlines

Mexico has extended the suspension of non-essential activities, including the operations of local labor courts in most Mexican states and federal labor courts, which have also extended procedural deadlines. Click on the link below to view a table of the respective suspension periods and reopening dates. Click here to view the table. Contact information: Pablo Sáenz | Javier Zapata |

May 11, 2020

Relief Measures Issued by State Authorities

To counteract the economic upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, in the past few weeks officials from several Mexican states have issued a wide variety of incentives, stimuli and simplified tax and administrative processes. It is important to understand the stimuli available, how long such are available, and how to access these benefits. Accordingly, we have prepared a summary of the measures published by each state, which can be accessed by clicking on the link below. Click here to view the table. Contact information: Felipe Chapula | Miriam Name | Jorge Ojeda | Mario Melgar |

May 11, 2020

Table Showing Suspensions of Activities by Various Mexican Government Agencies

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, several Mexican government agencies have suspended their activities. Click on the link below to view a table, in Spanish, identifying the various Decrees that have been issued, the suspension periods by governmental agency, and their dates of issuance. Click here to view the table in Spanish. Contact information: Felipe Chapula | Miriam Name | Mario Melgar | Javier Zapata |

May 7, 2020

Mexican Tax Administration Service Announces Suspension of Filing Deadlines

In light of the COVID-19 health emergency, on May 4, 2020 the Mexican Tax Administration Service (“SAT” by its acronym in Spanish) published the Sixth preliminary version of the Miscellaneous Tax Resolution for 2020 on its website, which provides in Rule 13.3. for the suspension of deadlines and time periods relating to actions and procedures by and before the SAT. Such suspension applies to procedures by and before federal agencies regarding administrative coordination compromises in Federal tax matters, provided that such procedures cannot be performed electronically. The suspension of SAT deadlines and time periods does not apply to certain situations, including the filing of tax returns, notices and reports, tax payments, products or uses, tax refunds, actions relating to the … read more

May 4, 2020

Mandatory Use of Face Masks in Select Mexican States

The use of face masks is required in most Mexican states. In some cases, the face mask requirement applies only to public spaces. In others, residents must wear face masks while using public transportation or while they are outdoors. Therefore, it is important for companies that are still operating (because they are considered to be conducting essential activities pursuant to the Decree published by the Ministry of Health in the Official Journal of the Federation on March 31, 2020) to be able to provide face masks to their employees. This requirement applies even if face masks are made of cloth and reusable in accordance with the health and safety protocols published by Mexico’s health authorities. The states below require the … read more

May 1, 2020

U.S. Senators Urge Coordination with the Mexican Government on Definition of Essential Businesses

U.S. and Mexican businesses considered to be “essential” have been allowed to continue operating during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, the two countries have adopted different definitions of the terms “essential businesses”.  This has resulted in confusion and supply chain interruptions. In an April 29th letter addressed to U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, a bipartisan group of eleven U.S. senators urged the U.S. State Department to coordinate with the Mexican government to clarify Mexico’s definition of essential businesses and thus avoid disruptions in U.S. and North America supply chains. Please click here to view the letter.

April 28, 2020

Summary of Governor Abbott’s Announcement to Open Texas

On April 27, Governor Greg Abbott announced the first phase of the State of Texas’ ongoing plan to safely and strategically open Texas while minimizing the spread of COVID-19. Under Phase I, certain services and activities are allowed to open with limited occupancy, and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is issuing minimum standard health protocols for all businesses and individuals to follow. The Governor also outlined special guidance for Texans over 65 and detailed a comprehensive mitigation plan for nursing homes in Texas. The Governor also announced a statewide testing and tracing program developed by DSHS that will help public health officials quickly identify and test Texans who contract COVID-19 and mitigate further spread of the virus. … read more

April 27, 2020

Proposed Reopening of North American Automotive Sector

Conferring amid the pandemic caused by COVID-19, on April 24, 2020 Mexico’s Departments of Foreign Affairs, Treasury and Public Credit, Labor and Social Welfare, Health, and the Social Security Mexican Institute released a joint news release announcing details on proposed plans to reopen the North American automotive regional sector. The news release states that the United States, Canadian and Mexican governments are working together to establish the criteria and protocols required to safely and successfully reopen automotive manufacturing and production activities in all three countries, including the prioritization of necessary measures to protect public health. As North American leaders create new rules governing the automotive sector, they will consider various factors, depending on the specific conditions and characteristics of each … read more

April 23, 2020

Mexico extends extraordinary measures to address the COVID-19 Health Emergency

On April 21, 2020, Mexico published an amended Decree in the Official Journal of the Federation amending the March 31st decree and ordering the suspension of non-essential activities until May 30, 2020. The Decree does not amend the criteria for determining which activities are considered essential.  It explicitly states that all measures set forth in the prior decree, such as social distancing and the suspension of non-essential activities, shall continue in place until a decree is issued declaring that the health emergency has concluded. Notwithstanding this fact, beginning May 18, 2020, the suspension of activities will be lifted for non-essential activities in municipalities with a low or non-existent virus transmission rate, but the details of such are yet to be determined. … read more

April 22, 2020

CCN Practical Guide to Mexico Workplace Inspections for Essential Businesses During COVID-19

Labor inspections are occurring frequently and have been important during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It is of utmost importance for companies to be prepared for worksite inspections, and for that reason, CCN has prepared a Practical Guide for Workplace Inspections to guide companies through the inspection process. Click the link below to access the Guide: To download the Guide, click here Contact information: Felipe Chapula | Mario Melgar | Pablo Sáenz | Javier Zapata |;