Do you want your boss to force you to take time off? Although it may seem like a dream come true for many, mandatory vacation is a reality in some countries. In Mexico, for example, the Federal Labor Law establishes that workers have the right to an annual period of paid vacation, which increases in old age.
Vacations represent a fundamental right for working people, not only as a well-deserved break but also as a time that contributes to well-being and work performance. With the recent reform of the Federal Labor Law (LFT) in 2023, clearer and more precise provisions have been established regarding the granting of vacations, thus ensuring a decent rest for Mexican workers.
According to Article 76 of the LFT, paid vacation time increases according to the seniority of the worker in the company. The vacation table according to seniority is as follows:
One year: 12 days
Two years: 14 days
Three years: 16 days
Four years: 18 days
Five years: 20 days
From six to 10 years: 22 days
From 11 to 15 years: 24 days
From 16 to 20 years: 26 days
From 21 to 25 years: 28 days
From 26 to 30 years: 30 days
From 31 to 35 years: 32 days
Work Reform and the Right to Vacation
The LFT reform, which will be implemented in 2023, introduces significant changes regarding the right to vacations for Mexican workers. These changes have the main purpose of guaranteeing fair and decent working conditions and recognizing the needs of workers for rest and recreation.
The Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare issued a statement detailing the basic aspects of decent vacations that all companies must follow for their workers:
1. Unalienable Right: Vacations are an inalienable right that all working people have.
2. Access After One Year of Service: Workers can access their vacations after one year of continuous employment with the same company.
3. Payment of Vacation Days: The company is obliged to pay the corresponding vacation days.
4. Increase due to seniority: The leave period increases depending on the seniority of the worker in the company.
5. Vacation Premium: A vacation bonus equal to 25% of the salary for vacation days must be paid.
These changes seek to ensure that workers enjoy adequate periods of rest, thus promoting their physical and mental well-being, which translates into greater productivity and job satisfaction. The implementation of these provisions demonstrates the continued commitment to protect and respect labor rights in Mexico.