December is one of the most anticipated times of the year both because of the festivities and all that they imply, as well as because employees in Mexico wonder when the Christmas bonus is paid, one of the Legal Benefits established in article 87 of the Federal Law. from work.
On this date it is very common to have some doubts about the Christmas bonus, for example, how to calculate it, what to invest it in or when it should be received. Here we answer this last question.
When is the bonus paid, what does the law say?
According to the aforementioned Federal Labor Law, employers must pay the Christmas bonus to their employees before the day December 20th as part of the Law Benefits in Mexico.
Can you pay me my Christmas bonus in 2 parts?
Paying the Christmas bonus in 2 parts is a common practice among Mexican companies that generally occurs when employees request it. This with the aim that they can have money at the beginning of the year, to cushion the so-called January costs.
In this regard, the law contemplates that these types of agreements are allowed, as long as the employer pays the first part of the Christmas bonus before December 20 and the other part at the beginning of the following year, in the month of January.
What happens if you don’t receive your bonus or you receive it out of time?
Since the Federal Labor Law establishes that it is mandatory for the employer to pay the bonus to its employees in a timely manner, if you do not do so, you have one year to claim the payment of your bonus before the competent jurisdictional authorities.
The Federal Attorney for the Defense of Labor (PROFEDET) provides free advice and representation to employees in the event of non-compliance by the employer with the payment of the Christmas bonus.
What is the origin of the bonus?
According to the website of the Ministry of the Interior, in Mexico the Christmas bonus emerged as a mandatory benefit in the reform of the Federal Labor Law in 1970.
But the payment of the Christmas bonus originated before said reform, when some employers, during December, voluntarily paid a certain amount of money to their workers for the Christmas celebrations.
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