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Mexico: Foreign Service Law Reformed

(Mar. 28, 2018) In a plenary session on March 22, 2018, all 337 members of the Lower House of the Mexican Congress (Cámara de Diputados) voted to approve various reforms to the Mexican Foreign Service Law, which seeks to improve the working conditions of state workers abroad.  (Horacio Jiménez & Alejandra Canchola, Cámara de diputados aprueba reformas a la Ley de Servicio Exterior Mexicano, EL UNIVERSAL (Mar. 22, 2018).) The reform bill, which was approved by the Senate two days earlier, has been sent to the Mexican President for his signature. (Alejandra Canchola & Horacio Jiménez, Va Reforma a Favor de Trabajadores del SEM, EL UNIVERSAL (Mar. 23, 2018).)

The reform bill raises the retirement age of the members of the Mexican Foreign Service from 65 to 70 years and establishes the right to request and be granted retirement on the basis of the number of years worked. The bill also promotes gender equity in that it provides for paternity leave for up to five working days after the birth of a father’s children, with full salary. (Id.)

Other benefits included in the reform bill are the partial payment of daycare and preschool fees for the children of Foreign Service employees, support for children who require special education, and increased coverage of the medical insurance expenses of Foreign Service employees’ spouses and children abroad. (Id.)