Mexico’s Labor Department (known as the “STPS” for its acronym in Spanish)1 has created an online system to measure and monitor employers’ compliance with the laws regulating the working conditions, training, safety and health in the workplace. The system became available on August 2, 2017.
The tool allows employers to self-report their compliance at any time, freeing them from a set schedule, to prevent disruption in productivity. As explained by STPS, the objective of this online tool is to modernize the inspection of employers’ compliance with the labor standards, and to safeguard workers’ rights and employers’ business interest in maintaining productivity.
The most important facts for employers to keep in mind are:
- Employers can now self-report their compliance with the labor law by registering online at http://cumplilab.stps.gob.mx/ and entering their information in this system. Any employer with workplaces located within the Mexican Republic may register with this system. Registered employers will be acknowledged by the federal authorities.
- This alternative inspection mechanism is not mandatory. Rather, employers may volunteer to self-report through this system.
- Upon an employer’s filing of the report, the system automatically will issue a receipt identifying the areas of compliance or noncompliance.
- Employers that are found to be in compliance will receive a document acknowledging compliance and will be exempted from regular inspection visits for one year. A receipt of compliance will not restrict the STPS from verifying the employer’s information through onsite inspection visits or other means.
- If the STPS finds that an employer’s report contains false or inaccurate statements, it may conduct extraordinary inspection visits, notify other relevant governmental authorities of the findings, and/or impose sanctions.