Santamarina Steta

Labor Rights for Seniors

Executive Summary

  • The labor market for senior citizens is very restricted since a high amount of companies in Mexico do not open spaces within their workforce for them.
  • The Senate of the Republic approved an initiative to reform the Federal Labor Law that establishes the obligation to hire 5% of older adults of the total workforce when they have more than 20 employees. 
  • The project seeks to promote equal opportunities in access to employment, promote formal work, and combat age discrimination. 

On March 14, the Senate of the Republic approved an initiative to reform the Federal Labor Law that establishes an obligation for employers to hire 5% of the older adults of the total workforce when they have more than 20 employees. 

The initiative presented by the senators as an advance in the field of human rights aims to reform articles 132 and 133 of the Federal Labor Law, given that nowadays the labor market for older adults (over 60 years of age) is very limited, since that a very high percentage of companies in Mexico do not open spaces within their workforce for the senior and if they do so, precarious working conditions arise. 

Through the project, legislators recognize that older adults experience limitations in accessing employment and social protection; therefore, with its approval, they seek to promote equal opportunities in access to employment, encourage formal work, and combat discrimination by age. 

The project was sent to the Chamber of Deputies, where it will continue its legislative process. 

Authors

Francisco Udave
Partner
+52 55 5279 5435
fudave@s-s.mx

Denisse Ávila
Associate
+52 81 8133 6019
davila@s-s.mx