Mexico’s new remote working regulations are set to go into effect in early November, and they have the potential to change the landscape for teleworkers in the country.
Mexico implemented a set of teleworking regulations back in 2020 in direct response to the COVID-19 lockdowns. The new rules are based on those while also expanding on their scope, requiring companies to provide their teleworkers with the same support and benefits as their on-site employees.
The law defines remote workers as those who perform 40% or more of their work remotely. It requires employers to provide all necessary tools and equipment, such as computers and smartphones, and to reimburse employees for their electricity and telecommunications bills. Employers must also provide amenities such as ergonomic chairs and printers to remote workers.
Government health officials will be authorized to inspect remote workspaces to ensure that they meet hygiene standards and have adequate ventilation and lighting.
Like their on-site colleagues, teleworkers have the right to unionize and advocate for their labor rights. They also retain the “right to disconnect” if they are asked to work beyond their scheduled hours.
Employers are required to notify the authorities of remote workers’ working hours and job duties. Female employees can take breaks to perform maternal duties such as breastfeeding.
The new law even requires employers to give advance notice to remote workers before scheduling virtual meetings.
The new law does not apply to government employees.