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Mexico: Recruitment and selection

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

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  • Although employers are prohibited from refusing employment to anyone on various discriminatory grounds, such protection is largely unenforceable by job applicants because no claim can be brought until after an employment relationship has started. (See Discrimination)
  • There is little legal regulation governing recruitment and selection. (See General)
  • There are various rules regarding work carried out by young people. (See Young workers)
  • To work as employees in Mexico, foreign nationals must generally obtain either a resident card or a visitor visa to perform lucrative activities. (See Foreign nationals)
  • In filling posts, employers are obliged to give preference to various types of applicants including Mexican nationals over non-nationals, although the statutory provisions on preferential treatment are rarely applied. (See Preferential recruitment)