Generally, when we speak about “compliance with obligations”, the majority of the companies only think about tax compliance. However, it is also important to adhere to labor obligations, since all companies are in one of the cases as established in article 504 subsections I, II, and III of the Mexican Federal Labor Law [in Spanish: la Ley Federal del Trabajo], and as such must comply with the following obligations:
Subsection I. “Medicine and the necessary treatment supplies must be kept in the workplace as first aid and personnel must be trained for those who are providing it”.
Subsection II. When you have more than 100 employees, set up an infirmary supplied with medicine and the necessary treatment supplies for medical attention and surgical care, which must be attended to by competent personnel under the supervision of a physician.
Subsection III. When you have more than 300 employees, set up a hospital with medical personnel and the necessary assistants.
In relation to the established obligation in subsection III of article 504 of the Mexican Federal Labor Law, that is, if the company has more than 300 employees, it is not necessarily obligated to set up a hospital in the company, since the same article 504 in subsection IV establishes that: “Subject to agreement with the employees, employers can execute and enter into agreements with clinics and hospitals located in the place in which the establishment is, or at a distance that allows for the quick and comfortable transfer of the employees; so that the referred to services be provided to them in a hospital or infirmary.
The implementation of this type of medical care is not only for the benefit of the employee, but also brings about improvements in the company such as increasing employee productivity and preventing employee absenteeism, in addition to projecting a responsible company image.
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