New Mexico Supreme Court Rules Farm and Ranch Laborers Entitled to Workers’ Compensation Benefits
On Thursday, June 30, 2016, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled that the exclusion of farm and ranch laborers from the Workers’ Compensation Act is unconstitutional. In a press release from the NM Workers’ Compensation Administration, the Administration stated that it intends to fully enforce the Supreme Court’s decision, upon issuance of its mandate, by requiring coverage for farm and ranch laborers by their employers. Visit the links below for more information.
The Workers’ Compensation Administration has updated its “Frequently Asked Questions,” as pertaining to the issue of agricultural laborers in the workers’ compensation system. They can be accessed here: http://www.workerscomp.state.nm.us/pdf/faqs_agricultural.pdf