The Original Contractor’s Basic Guide to Filing a Lien in Texas
By Stephen Venzor, Associate Attorney Thanks to the Texas lien laws being written so poorly, one of the most frequently asked questions that we receive is, “What must I do to get a valid mechanic’s lien in Texas?” Luckily, once you are able to decipher the language of the statute, the underlying requirements are not that complex. First, the type of contractual relationship you have...
Borderland Tax Tips: Issue #1: Last Chance for Maximum Opportunity Zone Benefits
By David S. Hansen Background: On December 22, 2017, The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “TCJA”) was passed into law in an atmosphere of bitter partisanship. So bitter in fact, that Democrats successfully initiated a maneuver to change the official name of the TCJA to “The Act to provide for reconciliation pursuant to titles II and V of the concurrent resolution on...
ScottHulse Attorney Rosemary M. Marin Elected as Board Chair of the United Way of El Paso County
Rosemary M. Marin has been elected as Board Chair of the United Way of El Paso County for 2019-2020. Ms. Marin is a Shareholder, Director, and Chair of ScottHulse Law Firm’s Labor and Employment and Education Practice Groups. For more than 93 years, United Way of El Paso County has focused on creating long-term, lasting change to make El Paso a better community for everyone....
The Shortage of Fuels in Mexico
Javier Lopez de Obeso, an international business attorney and Mexico Energy lawyer licensed in Mexico, recently published an article titled “The Shortage of Fuels in Mexico – Managing Crisis and Compliance” in Risk & Compliance, an e-magazine dedicated to the latest developments in corporate risk management and regulatory compliance. Published quarterly by Financier Worldwide, Risk & Compliance draws on the experience and expertise of leading experts...
What’s Happening with NAFTA?
Forbes.com magazine publishes this article by Nathaniel Parish Flannery, a political analyst, and writer whose writings spotlight Latin America, and who provides his point of view of the current status of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (“USMCA”). The USMCA was signed by U.S. President Donald Trump, former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on November 30, 2018. Each country’s legislature still must ratify...
PEMEX Partners to Invest $250 Million in Two Onshore Blocks in Mexico
Reuters publishes that two private partners of Mexico’s state-run oil company Pemex will invest a combined amount of $250 million in two projects over the next four years as they aim to quickly ramp up crude output, according to plans approved by the National Hydrocarbons Commission. These investments may generate business opportunities to the oil services companies. You can find the article here. Javier López...
Socios de PEMEX invertirán $250 millones de dólares en el desarrollo de dos bloques terrestres en México
Reuters publica que dos socios privados de la empresa productiva del estado mexicano, PEMEX, invertirán durante los próximos cuatro años hasta $250 millones de dólares en dos proyectos con el fin de aumentar la producción de crudo nacional, conforme a los planes aprobados por la Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos. Estas inversiones seguramente generarán oportunidades de negocio para las empresas de servicios petroleros. Puedes encontrar el...
Labor & Employment Seminar 2019 Recap
Thank you to all who attended last week’s 11th Annual Labor & Employment Law Seminar. We enjoyed seeing new faces among the ones we have come to know over the years, as well as the opportunity to speak-one on-one with many of you. It is our distinct pleasure to share this information every spring, and we hope it serves you and your company well in...
DOL Issues Its New Proposed Rule for Salary Threshold for Exempt Employees
On March 7, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor issued its long-awaited replacement of the Obama administration’s controversial overtime rule, raising the minimum salary threshold required for workers to qualify for the Fair Labor Standards Act’s “white collar” exemptions to $35,308 per year ($679 per week), from the previous $23,660 per year ($455 per week), which had been in effect since 2004. The new Proposed...
Tax Incentives for the Northern Border Region of Mexico and the United States
By Javier Lopez de Obeso, Associate Attorney On January 1, 2019, Mexico’s Decree of Fiscal Incentives of the Northern Border Region (the “Decree”) became effective, and on January 30, 2019 the Mexican Tax Administration Service (“SAT”) published the general rules (“the Rules”) for the application of the Decree, establishing tax benefits to the taxpayers of Mexico’s income tax (“ISR”) and its value-added tax (“VAT”). The...