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Hazard Pay in New Mexico

In Business Tips, COVID-19, Department of Labor (DOL), Employment Law by Larry Donahue2 Comments

On May 1, New Mexico became the second state to establish hazard pay specifically for child care workers According to the U.S. Department of Labor, “Hazard Pay” means employees receive additional pay for performing hazardous duties or work involving physical hardship. Work duty that causes extreme physical discomfort and distress which is not adequately alleviated by protective devices is deemed …

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The Difference Between Lay-Offs and Furloughs

In Business Tips, Department of Labor (DOL), Employment Contract, Employment Law by Vanesa LewingerLeave a Comment

Lay-Off vs Furlough Lay-Off and furlough are two terms that are often used interchangeably but have two very different meanings. While lay-off is a form of termination, furlough is a type of unpaid leave that allows the employee to maintain their employment status and, in some cases, to maintain their benefit eligibility (check with your benefit carriers to see if …

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PTO in New Mexico

In Business Tips, Employment Law by Vanesa LewingerLeave a Comment

Do you think that because your employee handbook specifically states that if your employee quits, they forfeit unused vacation time?  Well, in New Mexico, depending on how you award your employees their time off, you could be wrong. What is an Administrative Code? The New Mexico Administrative Code states that vacation pay and other forms of pay for time that …

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Administrative Leave? Time to Call an Attorney

In Business Tips, Employment Law, Fraud & Embezzelment, White Collar Criminal Defense by Vanesa Lewinger1 Comment

Administrative Leave is a common practice used by companies when they are investigating claims that are more severe or emotionally charged. The purpose of an Administrative Leave is to remove the accused party or parties from the workplace, ensuring the safety of the workforce and allowing for a thorough and untainted investigation to occur. The leave protects individuals who may …

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Employees’ Discussion of Work Conditions: Including Pay

In Department of Labor (DOL), Employment Law by Don KochersbergerLeave a Comment

Do you tell your employees not to discuss their pay with each other?  If you do, you are not alone … and you are violating the law.  The National Labor Relations Act of 1935 prohibits interfering with employees’ discussion of work conditions, including pay.  If you are interested in more information, please contact us at 505-848-8581.  In the meantime, this …