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On 5 August, Legal500 and Baker McKenzie held an employment law roundtable discussing best practices for LATAM employers navigating the new normal. Tatiana Garcés (Colombia), Javiera Medina (Mexico) and Leticia Ribeiro (Trench Rossi Watanabe in Brazil) were joined by general counsels Gabriela Rodríguez (Stryker) and Catalina Robledo (Nissan). Together, the panel shared insights around remote work, hybrid work and managing mental health issues in the workplace.

On 25 June 2021, the Brazilian federal government submitted to the National Congress the second phase of the tax reform project.
The proposed legislation (“Proposal”) will be sent to the Senate after approval by the House of Representatives. If no amendments are deemed necessary and the president promulgates the proposed legislation, the law will enter into force on 1 January 2022.

Welcome to our Virtual Global Trade Conference, a virtual offering for all our clients and friends worldwide. Baker McKenzie’s international trade compliance lawyers from around the world discussed the major developments impacting international trade. The sessions include trade policy, exports, sanctions, customs, China trade developments and trade developments.

In November 2021, the city of Glasgow in Scotland will host the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference. In Brazil, the Commission of Foreign Affairs and National Defense held a public hearing on 21 June to discuss the projects that Brazil will present at COP26 after members of the Congress Camilo Capiberibe, David Miranda and Paulo Fernando dos Santos had presented a requirement, for that matter.

On 1 June 2021, the President sanctioned Complementary Law 182/2021 (“Legal Framework for Startups”). The main goal of the new law is to promote and encourage innovative entrepreneurship in the country, focusing on the growth of startups as a path to economic, social, and environmental development; and the modernization of the Brazilian business environment.

The MAPA Integrity Recognition (“Selo Mais Integridade”) was created on 12 December 2018 by MAPA Ordinance No. 2462 to recognize and reward agribusiness companies for their integrity practices — particularly in terms of social responsibility, sustainability and ethics — in addition to validating their efforts to mitigate fraud, bribery and corruption. For 2021, agribusiness companies and cooperatives seeking recognition for these practices and for their commitment to prevent fraud and corruption have until 21 June to register for the Selo Mais Integridade 2021 to 2022.

The Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (“Anvisa”) published Resolution RDC No. 497/2021 (“RDC 497/2021”) setting forth the new administrative procedure for obtaining the Good Manufacturing Practices Certificate, as well as the Good Distribution and/or Storage Practices Certificate. RDC 497/2021 modifies the general conditions for certification, as provided for in its Chapter II, to facilitate the certification process.

The Ministry of the Environment, IBAMA and ICMBIO have edited Joint Normative Instruction (INC) MMA/IBAMA/ICMBio No. 2/2021, published in the Federal Official Gazette on Thursday, 29 April. The new INC updated certain procedures established by Joint INC No. 1/2021, which was published at the beginning of April, particularly those related to inspection reports.