As per October of 2019 a new administrative norm regarding work health and safety dubbed NOM-035-STPS-2010 has come into effect throughout Mexico.
The new norm is important for all businesses to take into account given that it is immediately applicable nationally and seeks to determine if there are psycho-social risk factors within the workplace, in other words, if employees are subject to different situations that may provoke stress or emotional distress in the workplace.
The norm has a sliding rule of application depending on the number of people employed in a workplace. The different provisions within the norm will apply to all work centers but may be differentiated on a scale of 1-15 employees, 16-50, and 51 and more employees, where any work site with 15 or less employees will find it easier to comply as there will be less obligations, and any work center with more than 50 employees will need to be in full compliance with the norm.
It is noteworthy that many international corporations with operations in Mexico may already be in some degree of compliance because of upkeep with international best practices relating to employees and Human Resources departments.
The rules established by the norm require first hand that companies keep specific policies and a protocol to inform employees on psycho-social work risks, preventive measures, and a process to report any risk or situation that has created a stress or...