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Information for Workers

The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions enforces workers’ rights regarding wages and work hours, child labor, and human rights.

Public Works

The New Mexico Public Works Minimum Wage Act applies to employers and employees working on state and locally funded public works construction projects. The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions works to ensure that all employees on projects covered by the Act are paid the correct wage rate.

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Child Labor Compliance

Working as a Teen

By state law, work permits are required at all times for the employment of anyone under the age of 16.

Children Working in Entertainment

There are specific rules for employing and protecting performers under the age of 18 in the entertainment industry.

NMDWS enforces the rules for the employment of minors, across all industries. Learn More

Wage and Hour

The Labor Relations Division (LRD) enforces payment of wages, minimum wage,  and overtime labor laws under the Wage Pay Act and the Minimum Wage Act.

Labor Relations Division 

The mission of the Labor Relations Division (LRD) is to administer, enforce, and execute state labor laws regulating hours of labor, employment of minors, public works Minimum Wage Act, and the Apprenticeship and Training Act. LRD enforces minimum wage, payment of wages, and overtime labor laws under the Minimum Wage Act. LRD also enforces the payment of scale wages to laborers and mechanics under the Public Works Minimum Wage Act. The division takes claims for unpaid wages from employees and ex-employees under both acts. The bureau also provides seminars and materials to employer and employee groups on the compliance requirements of the various state labor laws.

LRD Annual Report FY 2020-2021 - PDF

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