The deadline for the Governor to sign off on bills has passed. Below are the bills which were signed that have human resources related language with a short summary.
Applies to: laborers and mechanics of a contractor working on State public works in excess of $60,000 (collective bargaining agreements may apply)
Provides for: minimum wages and fringe benefits to be determined annually by October 1 with an effective date of January 1st.
Applicable contractors should: review wages on an annual basis
Applies to: employees, finalists of employment, contractors, and subcontractors of the Department of Workforce Solutions
Provides for: Background checks, including fingerprinting, to be conducted on the individuals identified based on their role.
Applicable contractors should: review the Act to determine applicability to their employees
Applies to: retired employees falling under the Educational Retirement Act (ERA) who are re-employed with an employer who falls under the ACT
Provides for: a reduction in the required re-employment waiting period in order to return to work without a suspension in retirement benefits. Other criteria apply.
Applicable public educational employers should: review this prior to returning retired employees to the workforce.
Applies to: public school teachers
Provides for: establishment of minimum annual salaries dependent on teacher levels and other requirements.
Applicable employers who have drivers who drive certain buses or use heavy equipment should: review this legislation
Applies to: employers who fall under the Educational Retirement Act (ERA)
Provides for: increases in required contributions
Applicable public educational employers should: ensure they have updated their payroll system to account for the changes.
Applies to: University Research Parks
Provides for: Designates University Research Park Corporations as public employers under the Public Employee Bargaining Act (PEBA)
Applicable employers should: Familiarize themselves with PEBA
Applies to: State agencies
Provides for: expenditures including employee compensation
Applicable State employers should: Review this carefully as there are substantial line-item vetoes to the bill as initially forwarded to the Governor
*Employers should review the listing of signed bills on the Secretary of State Website at: https://www.sos.state.nm.us/legislation-and-lobbying/signed-chaptered-bills/2022-legislation/
to see all changes that may apply to them and specific criteria. (Legislative retirement changes were not included on this listing.)
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Written by | Magdalena Vigil-Tullar
HR Consultant | MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CLRP