Businessmen support reform to increase the minimum vacation to 12 days

“Reform is necessary,” said Ricardo Barbosa, president of the Coparmex Labor Commission, who assured that the employer sector will support the legal modifications to the Federal Labor Law (LFT) to increase employment. minimum vacation days to which the labor force in the country is entitled.

From the point of view of the representative of the Employers’ Confederation of the Mexican Republic (Coparmex), despite the fact that 60% of formal employers grant benefits superior to those required by law, including more Holidays, the other side of the coin is that “The Federal Labor Law has fallen behind on the issue of vacations. We agree, we will go to open parliament in the Senate supporting the motion to increase vacations.

In the 50 years of validity of the LFT, the scheme of Holidays It has never been reformed and the minimum floor to which workers are entitled in their first year of work, places Mexico as one of the countries that offers the shortest vacation periods to its workforce.

“Perhaps in some industries or sectors collective contracts have won even more days of vacation, but in the Federal Labor Law only six are contemplated. It is impressive how Mexico is one of the countries that less vacation they have”, said Patricia Mercado, senator of Movimiento Ciudadano and promoter of one of the reform initiatives to increase vacation days.

In the past year, legislative interest in reform the LFT to extend the minimum vacation period and the Upper House adds three initiatives —two of them presented in the last six months— to improve this labor benefit. The various proposals have given guidelines to the organization of an Open Parliament in the Senate to discuss with the private initiative (IP), unions, specialists and workers how much is fair and possible to advance on the issue.

The result of this exercise, Patricia Mercado explained, will be an opinion that will be built by taking up all the ideas presented, a project with a high probability of being voted on this year in the Senate Labor Commission, since there is a consensus among the legislators of the importance to reform the regulatory framework.

“We are convinced that it is convenient for companies to have workers who are happier and more connected with their companies. Of course going offline for two weeks—because that would be the 12 days—is really a benefit to the mental health”, said the legislator, secretary of the Labor Commission of the Upper House.

Employer support, but with transition

Although the employer sector supports the reform to double the minimum vacation apartments in the LFT, Ricardo Barbosa announced that they will request a well-defined transition period and that the changes take effect from January 2023, this to avoid an impact on the finances of micro, small and medium-sized companies (MSMEs).

“We see it with good eyes, but we want to discuss that this increase is progressive. In other words, in the first year of transition, instead of going from six to twelve days, let it be nine days. Already in the second year, let it be twelve days. We see it well, there are some things that we must discuss and others limit, but we are in favor of the Law being updated to the reality of the majority of formal employers in the country”, he pointed out.

From the perspective of the Coparmex representative, it would be impossible for the reform to have the consensus of private initiative without establishing a transition period so as not to create so much confusion.

For her part, Patricia Mercado considered that the success of the reform in the plenary session of the Senate will depend on the support or opposition that may be found, but the objective of the Open Parliament is to build a project by consensus, which avoids a brake on the opinion.

“If there is a consensus, it is possible that it will go up to the plenary session. The Senate also needs to have important reforms in agreement, because everything is very polarized and the reforms remain under the table and finally do not come out. This may be a noble opinion that comes out in this legislature and this Senate, which we have paid interest to the labor rights. If there is opposition, we will surely vote on it in committees, but maybe it will not be voted on in plenary until September. There are two possibilities, the Open Parliament will tell us a lot about how much agreement there is”, explained the senator.

In this sense, Patricia Mercado stressed that the discussion cannot be postponed and will align the regulatory framework to the new reality of the labor market, in which the new generations prioritize mental health over remuneration and seek favorable environments to reconcile working life. with the staff.

“It is an issue that we need to update in our law, although the vast majority of employers grant more vacations from the beginning, but totally for the future. The issue is that we have to find channels of communication to improve the quality of life of our workersnot only on vacations, that is just a point where the government, society and employers have a co-responsibility”, expressed Ricardo Barbosa.

In addition to the increase in Holidays, the member of Coparmex assured that there are pending issues such as the issue of transfer times for workers to work centers, decent care in social security services, access to decent housing and cheaper mortgage loans and decent pensions. “This is one point of many things that we bring to the agenda.”

Patricia Mercado, assured that the improvement of the scheme of vacations in the LFT it represents a win-win for companies and workers and, in the long run, greater benefits for employers by reducing turnover and burnout. “The world of work and rights have to change, because we change. You cannot think that after the pandemic nothing happened.

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