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New Mexico Minimum Wage Increase goes into effect tomorrow, January 1, 2020

For Immediate Release
December 31, 2019

Contact: Stacy Johnston
Acting Public Information Officer


New Mexico minimum wage increase goes into effect tomorrow,
January 1, 2020

(Albuquerque, NM) – The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS) advises employers and workers that New Mexico’s minimum wage is increasing, effective tomorrow, January 1st, 2020. This increase is in accordance with an amendment to the New Mexico Minimum Wage Act signed into law by Governor Lujan Grisham on April 1, 2019.

Beginning January 1, 2020:
State minimum wage: $9.00 per hour
State tipped minimum wage: $2.35 per hour

“Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham passionately believes nobody should live in poverty while working 40 hours a week. This increase in the minimum wage will help hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans live better,” said NMDWS Cabinet Secretary Bill McCamley. “Studies consistently show higher wages mean more children are healthier, do better in school and are less likely to be neglected or abused.”

Minimum wage is the lowest wage that an employer is legally required to pay to workers. NMDWS enforces the state and federal minimum wage. The City of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, The City of Las Cruces, the City of Santa Fe, and Santa Fe County currently enforce their own minimum wage. Businesses should be aware that the state will enforce the highest available rate.

Employers are required to post the New Mexico Minimum Wage Act Summary Poster in a place where all workers can easily see it.  

Additional information about the minimum wage, including PDF versions of the Minimum Wage Act Summary poster in both English and Spanish, is available on our website at www.dws.state.nm.us/Minimum-Wage-Information. For the latest announcements and updates, follow NMDWS on Twitter, Instagram, and our official YouTube channel.





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