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Mexico: Contracts of employment

Original and updating authors: Mónica Schiaffino and Estefania Rueda Garcia, Littler

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  • An employment contract exists where a person undertakes to perform work personally, under the subordination of another person, in return for payment of remuneration. (See General)
  • For employment relationships of an indefinite term or where the employment agreement is to last more than 180 days, the employer may establish a probationary period of up to 30 days. (See Probationary and training periods)
  • The main distinction in employment contracts is between open-ended and fixed-term contracts. (See Types of contract)
  • All employment relationships must be governed by a written contract of employment that provides a statutory minimum of factors of major significance for the relationship. (See Written statement of terms of employment)
  • The terms of employment contracts can be amended only by mutual agreement between the employer and employee. (See Variation of contract)