All About Employee Leave & PTO in Mexico

Learn what you need to know about leave requirements in Mexico and how Justworks EOR can help you streamline hiring in Mexico.

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How an EOR Can Help with Employee Leave & PTO in Mexico

Different countries have different leave requirements and norms around vacation time. When hiring in Mexico, Justworks EOR can help you understand the cultural nuances with localized guidance. Feel more confident your leave policies comply with Mexican federal requirements and meet prospective employees’ expectations with Justworks by your side. 

We’ll help you hire more quickly and manage HR tasks like running payroll, filing taxes, accessing benefits, staying on top of compliance, and more.

Employee Leave & PTO Expectations in Mexico

Employees in Mexico are entitled to mandatory annual leave, paid holidays, sick leave, maternity and paternity leave, and a few other miscellaneous types of leave after one year of work for the same company.

Vacation Leave 

Employees are entitled to at least 12 days of vacation after one year of employment and a bonus of 25% of their salary for vacation time. For every additional year of employment, they’ll get two more days. After six years, employees will receive two more days of vacation per year every four years. 

  • 1 Year: 12 Days

  • 2 Years: 14 Days 

  • 3 Years: 16 Days 

  • 5 Years: 20 Days

  • 6-10 Years: 22 Days

  • 11-15 Years: 24 Days

  • 16-20 Years: 26 Days 

Personal Leave 

In Mexico, employees are not entitled to personal leave. They can use their vacation time for personal leave.

Sick Leave  

Employees in Mexico are entitled to up to 52 days of sick leave for illness. After 52 days, their leave falls into the disability category, and social security payment will vary depending on time off. Employers are not required to pay employees for sick leave. Employees receive 60% of their total compensation through the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS).

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Maternity & Paternity Leave 

In Mexico, women are entitled to up to 12 weeks off for maternity leave. This breaks down to six weeks of paid maternity leave before the due date and six weeks after birth. New fathers get five days of paternity leave. When adopting, women get six weeks of leave, and fathers are allowed five days of leave. Unlike the United States, the IMSS pays for maternity leave, and total payment is limited to 25 times the federal minimum wage. 

Marriage Leave

Employees are entitled to three days off and their regular pay after marriage.

Public Holidays in Mexico

Mexico has 10 national holidays that employees get off regardless of how long they’ve been working. Employees required to work during a public holiday can take a day off on a different day instead. 

Public holidays in Mexico: 

  • New Year's Day - January 1

  • Anniversary of Constitution 1917 - 1st Monday in February 

  • Benito Juarez Day - 3rd Monday in March 

  • Maundy Thursday - Thursday before Easter Sunday 

  • Good Friday - Friday before Easter Sunday 

  • Labor Day - May 1 

  • Independence Day - September 16 

  • Revolution Day - November 20

  • Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe - December 12 

  • Christmas Day - December 25

Ready to Hire Confidently in Mexico?

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