Blog & Legal Updates


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Sep 2016

Mexico’s National Hydrocarbons Commission Announces Bid Process for Round 2.2 Which Will Include 12 Oil and Gas Fields

Mexico’s oil regulator, National Hydrocarbons Commission (Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos “CNH”), has announced the second open bid process of Round 2. Round 2.2 includes 12 onshore oil and gas fields with prospective resources of approximately 643.2 million barrels of crude equivalent. Nine of the 12 blocks are located in the Burgos Basin in northern Tamaulipas and northern Nuevo León, and some of those fields are...

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Sep 2016

ScottHulse Attorneys to Present Employment Law Seminar for Members of the El Paso Society of Human Resource Management

Attorneys from the ScottHulse law firm’s labor and employment practice group will present an employment law seminar for members of the El Paso Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), September 28, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at The El Paso Club located in the Chase Tower in downtown El Paso. More than 100 SHRM members are expected to attend. Presentations will include “Onboarding and...

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Aug 2016

Effective Today, the Cost of U.S. Department of Labor Fines and Penalties Is Increasing Significantly

By Rosemary M. Marin, Attorney & Shareholder; Chair, Labor & Employment Effective today, August 1, pursuant to the Inflation Adjustment Act that was passed by Congress in November, 2015, and with a pair of Final Rules that were finalized on July 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is implementing substantial, double-digit price increases for fines and penalties to keep up with inflation. These are the...

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Jun 2016

A Checklist to Help Employers Prepare for New FLSA Overtime Regulations

By now you have almost certainly heard about the U.S. Department of Labor’s Final Overtime Regulations, considered by many to be the most difficult regulatory and compliance challenge faced by employers since the introduction of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA,” aka “Obamacare”). The salary level for exempt employees increased and will go into effect December 1, 2016.So, now what? Do you panic and cut staffing, anticipating an...

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Jun 2016

ScottHulse Law Firm to Present June 24th Seminar Focused on New U.S. Department of Labor Overtime Rule

ScottHulse Law Firm’s labor and employment practice group will present a seminar focusing on the U.S. Department of Labor’s new Final Overtime Rule, Friday, June 24, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., at the El Paso Club in downtown El Paso. The two-hour seminar for business owners, executives and managers, human resource professionals, in-house legal counsel, and accounting firms, is designed to educate employers and advisers regarding...

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18

May 2016

Final DOL Rule Updating Overtime Regulations

Since last June, we have been writing about the much-anticipated new overtime exemption rules.  Today, President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez announced the publication of the Department of Labor’s final rule updating the overtime regulations. The Final Rule focuses primarily on updating the salary and compensation levels for Executive, Administrative and Professional workers to be exempt. These workers currently qualify for...

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Mar 2016

Proposed Changes to Form I-9 Will Delay Release

The Department of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on 3/28/16 that it was making further changes to the Form I-9 in response to public that were made during the 60-day period that the proposed changes were listed in the Federal Register. The additional changes are also listed in the Federal Register and will be open for public comment until April 27, 2016. The...

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28

Mar 2016

USCIS Form I-9 expires 3/31/16

We’ve been monitoring the issuance of the new Form I-9 as the expiration date of the current Form I-9 approaches on 3/31/16. We have been advised that the Department of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) is waiting on the Office of Management and Budget to approve the new version of the Form I-9. Representatives at the USCIS have indicated that they’re hopeful that...

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Mar 2016

8th Annual Labor & Employment Seminar Reaches Record Number of Attendees

March 15, 2016 EL PASO, TX – ScottHulse Law Firm’s 2016 Labor & Employment Law Seminar, held on March 3, set a new attendance record for the annual event, which is now in its eighth year. The seminar, which was attended by than 200 business owners, executives, managers, supervisors, human resource professionals, and in-house legal counsel, was hosted by the South-West Texas Small Business...

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Jan 2016

Changes to Operation of Maquiladoras in Mexico

Several changes to the operation of Maquiladoras in Mexico. On December 23, 2015, the Miscellaneous Fiscal Amendment (“Miscellaneous Law”) was published in the Official Gazette of the Federal Government in Mexico (“DOF”). Among the highlighted changes is that of extending the term of tax benefits for companies operating in Mexico under a shelter program, as long as they comply with the requirements detailed on the...

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