Exploring the Workday System in Mexico: A Detailed Look – Part 2

Welcome back to the second installment on workdays! In the first part, we explored the overall landscape of how time is distributed in the workplace. Now, we’ll delve into more specific aspects, from flexible schedules to extending the workday.

If necessary, it’s important to note that the workday can also be extended due to extraordinary circumstances, always mindful not to exceed three hours daily or three times a week. Extraordinary work hours will be compensated at a rate of 100% more than the regular salary for each hour. This is known in Mexico as Double Overtime.

The worker is not obliged to provide services for a longer period than allowed for each of the mentioned workdays. Therefore, it’s crucial to have physical evidence where the worker consents to working an extended shift.

Extension of overtime beyond nine hours per week obliges the employer to pay the worker the excess time at a rate of 200% more than the regular salary for each hour. Also known as Triple Overtime.

It’s worth clarifying that while the Federal Labor Law sets maximum times for the duration of each workday, it doesn’t mean they must necessarily be at the maximum time. Consequently, the worker and the employer can agree on reduced workdays, i.e., with a duration less than the legal maximums.

The issue of extended work hours or Overtime Pay is a delicate matter. Incorrect handling can lead to the worker hesitating to support the company in the future or diminish the credibility of the company and its leadership, potentially violating the rights of the worker.

In conclusion, it’s crucial to consider that any violation of maximum times for the duration of workdays or denial of rightful payment may lead affected workers to seek legal advice. The Ministry of Labor encourages workers to visit any of the offices of the Federal Attorney for Labor Defense, where lawyers provide free and personalized legal advice on federal labor matters.

When considering a work experience in Mexico, understanding workdays is key to successful adaptation. Embracing the flexibility and importance given to the balance between work and personal life is distinctive in the Mexican work environment. By embracing these characteristics, it’s possible to enjoy a rich and rewarding professional experience in this culturally vibrant country full of opportunities.

“The working day is not only a commitment to the company, but a promise to oneself of constant improvement.”

Roger Mariano

Roger Mariano

Deputy General Manager, Manager, Consultant, Professor, lecturer, with over 20 years of experience in key roles in the Human Resources field, often serving as a change agent in both National and Multinational Companies. I aim to support my national and international colleagues, as well as anyone interested in learning about my experience in human resources management in Mexico.

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