LatinNews Daily - 17 November 2022

In brief: Social security boost for Mexico’s domestic workers

*New rules have been published in Mexico’s official gazette (DOF) making it mandatory for employers to enrol domestic workers in a scheme with the Mexican social security institute (IMSS). This followed reforms to the social security law (LSS) approved by the federal senate in March 2022 and the lower chamber of deputies at the end of October. In December 2018 Mexico’s supreme court (SCJN) ruled that it was discriminatory for domestic workers not to be obligatorily affiliated with the IMSS like other workers. In April 2019, a voluntary affiliation pilot programme was launched to gradually incorporate domestic workers into the IMSS. In January 2022 the United Nations (UN) launched a campaign in Mexico raising awareness of the rights of domestic workers entitled ‘Es lo justo’ (It’s only fair). According to UN figures, there are more than 2.2m domestic workers in Mexico of which 89% are women. Of the total, 97% are employed informally and so lack access to social security and other benefits.

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