Located at the southern end of North America, Mexico is one of the most important economic partners to the United States and Canada. Mexico’s rich history and its ever growing economy has turned the country into an appealing destination for digital nomads. The country’s strong university system also makes Mexico one of the best places to recruit developers, marketers, and other knowledge workers.
Standard working hours (or hours of work) in Mexico depend on what type of shift the employee works. Mexico’s labor laws break hours of work into day, night, and mixed shifts.
Hours of shift
Length of shift
Maximum amount of hours per week
Shifts between 6am-8pm
48 hours per week
Shifts between 8pm-6am
42 hours per week
Shifts during both day and night. The night period needs to be shorter than 3.5 hours
45 hours per wee
Employees may work on Saturdays at the employer's request, but they aren’t able to work more than the maximum hours of work per week without overtime compensation.
Typical work weeks in Mexico are Monday-Saturday, 8 hours per day.
In Mexico, the required rest period for employees is regulated by the Federal Labor Law. Employees are entitled to a daily rest period of at least 30 minutes during their working hours. This rest period is considered paid time and is typically provided for meals or personal breaks.
Many companies give rest periods or meal periods between 1pm-4pm.
Additionally, the law stipulates that employees should have at least one day of rest per week. For every 6 days of work, employees are entitled to a rest day. This day is commonly referred to as the "weekly rest day" and should be granted on Sundays.
If an employee works on their weekly rest day, they should be given an alternative day off during the week.
When an employee works on one of their rest or vacation days, the employer must pay double the worker’s regular salary and additional compensation for work done on vacation days.
Labor laws in Mexico allow employers to request an employee to exceed their normal working hours and work overtime depending on the circumstances for 3 hours per day or 3 times per week.
For the first 9 hours of overtime, employees receive their regular wages plus 100% of their hourly wages for each hour worked. If the overtime exceeds 9 hours, they are paid their regular hours plus 200% of their wages
If you need more help understanding hours of work and other compliance regulations, visit the Mexico employer-of-record page.
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