|On November 1, 2021, the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare (STPS) published in the Federal Official Gazette (DOF) the agreement whereby the Voluntary Labor Verification Program (VELAVO) was created
The purpose of VELAVO is to voluntarily declare to the labor authorities the employers’ level of compliance on General Employment Conditions, Training, and Safety and Health in the work establishment.
This program has been created to reinforce and efficient labor inspections as the employers’ database would be strengthened, by granting employers with the possibility of reducing the number of ordinary labor inspections they receive. In this sense, the business sector has promoted this program, as there was a general discomfort that the same companies were being repeatedly inspected.
Consequently, if the employers have the corresponding acknowledgement of receipt issued by the STPS and meet the operational guidelines requirements that will be issued by the STPS on January 2022, the VELAVO could reduce the number of ordinary inspections received by employers on General Employment Conditions, Training, and Safety and Health in the work establishment.
Accordingly, the STPS has expressed in some forums that obtaining this registration will allow employers to remain exempt from ordinary inspections for up to one year.
With this program, the STPS seeks to focus its resources on companies that fail to comply with their labor obligations and reduce the number of inspections for companies that have evidenced an overall compliance with its employment obligations.
VELAVO will be conducted by the STPS’s Dignified Work Unit, whose head is Dr. Salafranca, and who has stated that this registry will be a “one-stop shop” that will allow the authority to decide the companies’ access to other certification processes such as certifications regarding child labor, non-discrimination, PASST, etc.
Before obtaining the VELAVO, we recommend implementing an internal inspection program that will allow companies to identify potential employment violations and reduce the risks of fines for non-compliance.
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