The state of New Mexico has issued an emergency amendment to its regulation requiring the reporting of workplace injuries. Employers must now immediately tell the state about employees who test positive for COVID-19.
It may come as a surprise to some employers, but undocumented workers who are injured on the job are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, at least in New Mexico. However, there’s an important exception that applies to all employers.
With the focus often on the big picture, it’s easy to overlook an important fact: Not every state is experiencing robust job growth and the challenges that come with it.
A recent survey finds that job satisfaction depends, at least in part, on the work you do. It also depends on where in the country you live and work.
By Barbara J. Koenig, JD, Jackson Loman Stanford & Downey
By Teresa Shulda, JD Sometimes it seems obvious that certain jobs require certain abilities. For example, pilots must have good vision to fly planes. And firefighters must be physically able to rescue people from burning buildings. But with other jobs, the job qualifications aren’t so obvious. That means the interactive dialogue between employers and employees […]
By Barbara J. Koenig, JD What can you do when an employee appears to be having mental issues, is performing poorly, has been warned about her substandard performance, and suddenly takes Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave?
A recent effort by the Department of Labor (DOL) to revisit how employees versus independent contractors are classified makes it clear that they mean business. Perhaps the most startling feature of their new effort involves how the DOL will likely consider all workers to be employees rather than independent contractors. Only those who fit strict […]
Employers usually don’t know when employees are “borrowing” items from work. But in Las Cruces, New Mexico, workers at the Doña Ana County Government Center are welcome to borrow from an on-site library in order to help them de-stress—and it is working out purrfectly!
Policy Focus: Background Checks Multiple states and cities have enacted laws in recent months that govern the use of background checks, so this year’s survey takes a closer look at those policies. We kicked it off by asking how many survey participants have background check policies (74.4%) then moved on to ask how many apply […]