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Are out-of-state contractors who come to New Mexico to complete short-term jobs subject to the requirements of the Act?

Any out-of-state employer with employees performing work within the geographical boundaries of New Mexico, other than tribal land, will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis as to whether they have sufficient “minimum contacts” with our state to subject them to the requirements of the HWA.  This will be determined once a PSL complaint is filed. The more business activity an out-of-state employer has going on in New Mexico, the more likely it is that it will be subject to the Act.  For this reason, employers near the border or with frequent business dealings in our state may want to ensure they are compliant with the HWA.

Is paid sick leave under the Act the same as paid time off (PTO)?

Possibly. PTO is only equated with earned sick leave under the Act if it is earned on the same basis, can be used under the same conditions, and is subject to the same notice and other requirements as those specified by the Act. Otherwise, the earned sick leave required by the Act is in addition to any other paid time off or other leave that an employer may grant.

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