On January 11th the official Federal Government Gazette published a reform to the Federal Labor Law implementing new rules on home office work. The reforms were effective as of the 12th on January and create a new set of obligations for employers and employees.

As per the legislative additions, any person that works 40% or more of the time away from the office is subject to the new regulations. This percentage criteria becomes particularly relevant as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has forced most businesses to migrate temporally or permanently to an environment of working away from the office, and thus make the home office regulation applicable.

Noteworthy changes in employer obligations are:

  • Providing technological and ergonomic equipment to employees to work away from the office.
  • Covering the added expense of employees in services such as internet and electricity they use away from office.
  • Respecting the employee´s right to log off after work hours.

It is also important to take into account that the reform contemplates that all employers need to update their Collective Bargain Agreement and the Internal rules handbook to include work away from office in accordance to the commented reform.

Please get in touch with our office in case you need any assistance in understanding the scope of the reform as it applies to your operations in Mexico.

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