Proposals by the New Mexican Government on Employment Matters

President-elect, Andrés Manuel López-Obrador, with the cooperation of a group of specialists in different sectors, has prepared what is called the “2018-2024 Nation Project” setting out a work plan and a series of proposals related to social, educational and economic areas, for purposes of creating public policies to improve the development of the country.

The project includes a series of proposals for 2018-2024 on employment matters aimed at improving employment conditions in Mexico, especially the following:

  • Job Professionalization and Training.

The Project calls for implementing programs to professionalize and train persons, regardless of whether or not they are employed, so that they may have access or improve their chances of accessing the labor market, thereby imposing the obligation on companies to offer professionalization and training courses for their employees.

  • Certification of Job Qualifications and Skills.

The Project calls for the strengthening of a certification program, free of charge, of individual skills, abilities and qualifications for persons not holding degrees or equivalent credits awarded by educational institutions.

  • Employer Oversight.

The new government plans to expand the number of labor inspectors to cover a larger number of inspections to employers so as to verify their compliance with labor laws and regulations.

In addition, updated inspection protocols and programs will be introduced for a variety of industrial activities, coordinated with tax and social security authorities; furthermore, inspection procedures will be improved in order to assure compliance with the law by employers in areas such as outsourcing schemes, social security registration, profit-sharing payments, and collective bargaining transparency.

  • Collective Bargaining.

A new agency will be created to promote collective bargaining for every industry, consisting of professional teams that will encourage dialog between employers and employees through efficient collective negotiations with the aim of improving labor conditions and productivity. Union activity will be open and transparent and organizations will allow employees to have access to unions and actively participate in union activities in their companies.

  • Job Opportunities.

A domestic digital platform will be created as a link between job seekers and job openings to eligible candidates.

  • Minimum Wage.

A proposal for an annual increase of the minimum wage at a rate 15.6% plus inflation will be proposed, so that at the end of the 6-year presidential term the minimum daily wage will be Mx$171.00 versus the current Mx$88.36.

  • Repatriated Migrant Workers.

Support programs for Mexican repatriated migrants will be strengthened to improve their skills and interests and facilitate their incorporation to new jobs and the return to their communities.

  • Fair Employment Certification.

A fair employment certification will be proposed to publicly recognize employers who pay reasonable wages to their employees.  This will be an additional benefit to the employer with a distinctive logo on their products, so that consumers may become aware of their fair employment practices.

Our attorneys from the Labor and Employment practice area are at your disposal to explain the information contained here or any other legal matter.


Jorge de Presno
Alvaro Gonzalez



Mexico City, September 7th, 2018