With the arrival of the agricultural season in Sinaloa, thousands of workers migrate to the state in search of employment in the different positions offered by the agricultural companies, since this line of business demands a lot of labor.
To ensure that the stay of workers and their families is as comfortable as possible and that there is order and fair treatment within the work centers, agricultural companies establish their internal work regulations and a code of conduct, based on the provisions of the Federal Labor Law.
The internal work regulations refer to rules and agreements that must be complied with by both employees and employers, i.e., it is an agreement between both parties, employer/employee, in which the obligations and prohibitions that must be complied with within the company are indicated, everything established here is also reviewed and approved by the competent authority, in this case, the “Centro Federal de Conciliación y Registro Laboral”.
For example, this regulation mentions the schedules to which the workers will be subject, it indicates the time of entry and exit of their work, rest days, lunch hours, labor rights, and legal benefits, it also talks about the disciplinary measures to be taken if the provisions of the regulation are not complied with.
On the other hand, the code of conduct refers to standards or policies focused on people’s rights protection, proper labor relations, environmental policies, and anti-corruption and anti-bribery practices within the workplace.
Some points that are part of a code of conduct may be based on guidelines established by public authorities or professional organizations, societal values, and professional and social standards of conduct with which all company personnel must comply.
In addition, agricultural enterprises must establish and inform all personnel about a channel or means of complaint, commonly known as a complaint box, to report anonymously and without fear of reprisals against the complainant, any situation in which irregularities or non-compliance with the regulations and code of conduct and/or that compromises the health, safety, and dignity of people.
For more information, please refer to Chapter V of the Mexican Federal Labor Law, which deals with internal work regulations.