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By means of Law 152 of 2012, the Occupational Health Programs would be understood as an Occupational Health and Safety Management System (hereinafter “SG-SST”), system that seeks to ensure worker’s and the general population’s safety, preventing occupational accidents and occupational illness, by identifying dangers, assessing…

Recently, the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism of Colombia issued a regulatory decree developing the multilevel marketing law (1700 of 2013) and its purpose, which includes (i) Transparency in multilevel marketing activities; (ii) Good Faith; (iii) defense of the independent sellers; (iv) Protection of…

Through ruling SC17161-2015 of December 14, 2015, the Supreme Court of Justice reiterated its position regarding the way in which the statute of limitations to initiate applicable legal actions by injured and/or insured parties in a civil liability insurance agreement must be computed. In fact,…

The National Government established, by the means of the Decree 2552 of December 30th, 2015, the Minimum Legal Wage for 2016 in COP $689.455 per month (Approx. USD $218.91) [1]. This implies a 7% increase over the Minimum Wage for 2015 vis à vis an…

Throughout Resolution 3745 of 2015, new formats began to be used for the medical evaluations given by the experts regarding occupational and work skills loss, according to Decree 1507 of 2014, which refers to the “Single manual for the occupational and work loss”.  The mentioned…

This document is aimed at reminding you that commercial companies established during 2015 that want to obtain for the first time the Progressive Benefit in the payment of income tax granted under Law 1429 of 2010 (the “Progressive Benefit”) must submit to the Colombian Tax…

The National Development Plan brought some amendments to mining regulation matters, as follows: Structures for traditional miners to undertake mining activities The National Development Plan confirmed the structures established by the law in order for the traditional miners to undertake activities in the area of…

On October 16 of 2015, the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit issued the Decree 2031, in order to modify the regime of promotion and advertising of the products and services provided by foreign reinsurance companies, particularly regarding the opening of representation offices in Colombia,…

On March 11, 2015, the Superintendence of Industry and Commerce (hereinafter SIC) issued its new merger review procedural rules. The new rules are contained in Resolution 10930 of 2015, and replaced Resolution 12193 of 2013. The rules were adopted after a period of consultation in…

Last June 30th, after completing prior reviews for constitutionality, the President sanctioned Law 1755 of 2015, by which the Fundamental Right to Petition is regulated, and Chapters I, II and III in Title II of the Code of Administrative Procedure and Administrative Litigation (Law 1437…

The director of the public entity “Colombia Compra Eficiente” (CCE) issued the External Circular No. 17 of February 11th of 2015, which clarifies the proceeding to obtain the Apostille Certificate and the legalization proceeding applicable to the public and private documents issued abroad that might…

The enactment of the Law 1753 of 2015, by means of which it is issued the National Plan of Development (PND for its acronym in Spanish) 2014-2018 “all for a new country”, draws us to analyze the Industrial Property status in this new quadrennial of…

Despite the claim from local authorities in order to obtain more and better telecommunications services, many times such entities impose obstacles which prevent the infrastructure deployment, affecting thereby the communications rights of the citizens and other related matters such as health or access to the…

By means of Decree 993 of May 15th 2015, new rules were set up regarding description of merchandises in import declarations. The new rules grant the importer the opportunity to legalize the merchandises in respect of which mistakes were made in its description in the…

Under applicable law, foreign companies wishing to permanently establish their business in Colombia must incorporate a branch. Now then, even though the foreign company is entitled to open as many commercial establishments as it deems necessary, it can only establish one branch with a single…

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