On November 26, 2012, the Federal Official Gazette published a Resolution by the National Commission of Minimum Wages (the “CONASAMI”) modifying the geographic areas into which our country is divided for minimum wage purposes.

This modification, which becomes effective on November 27, 2012, consists of integrating Geographic Area “B” into Geographic Area “A,” representing an increase of 2.90% in the minimum wages that used to apply for Geographic Area “B.”

What the Law says

General Minimum Wage – Geographic Area “B

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As part of this change, Geographic Area “C” will now be called Geographic Area “B,” where the wages corresponding to Geographic Area “C” will continue to be effective.

The following towns are those that used to be comprised in Geographic Area “B“ and that now will be included in Geographic Area “A”:

  • Municipalities of the State of Jalisco: Guadalajara, El Salto, Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, Tlaquepaque, Tonalá y Zapopan.
  • Municipalities of the State of Nuevo León: Monterrey, Apodaca, San Pedro Garza García, General Escobedo, Guadalupe, San Nicolás de los Garza y Santa Catarina.
  • Municipalities of the State of Sonora: Altar, Atil, Bácum, Benito Juárez, Benjamín Hill, Caborca, Cajeme, Carbó, La Colorada, Cucurpe, Empalme, Etchojoa, Guaymas, Hermosillo, Huatabampo, Imuris, Magdalena, Navojoa, Opodepe, Oquitoa, Pitiquito, San Ignacio, Río Muerto, San Miguel de Horcasitas, Santa Ana, Sáric, Suaqui Grande, Trincheras, Tubutama.
  • Municipalities of the State of Tamaulipas: Aldama, Altamira, Antiguo Morelos, Ciudad Madero, Gómez Farías, González El Mante, Nuevo Morelos, Ocampo, Tampico y Xicoténcatl.
  • Municipalities of the State of Veracruz de Ignacio de la Llave: Coatzintia, Poza Rica de Hidalgo y Tuxpan.

Actions to consider

It is important for companies to take into consideration these changes in order to make any adjustments needed, in case they have employees that have been earning the minimum (general or professional) wages for Geographic Area “B.”.

It is important to consider that the above modification is independent of increases to general and professional minimum wages made by the CONASAMI on an annual basis and of wage increases that are a result of revisions to the collective bargaining agreements.