Santa Fe, N.M. – All New Mexico workers will now have guaranteed access to earned sick leave, under new legislation signed into law today by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. Here is a statement from the NM House Democrats:
House Bill 20: The Healthy Workplaces Act was sponsored by Rep. Christine Chandler (D-Los Alamos), Rep. Angelica Rubio (D-Las Cruces), Senate President Pro Tempore Mimi Stewart (D-Albuquerque), Rep. Daymon Ely (D-Corrales), and Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero (D-Albuquerque).
“No one should have to go to work sick and risk public health because they can’t afford to lose a day’s pay. Yet more than half of our state’s workforce, many of whom are in essential positions, have been denied the right to earned time off to care for themselves or a loved one when they fall ill,” said lead sponsor Rep. Chandler. “It’s been a hard-fought battle, but I’m so proud that New Mexico will now guarantee this fundamental right to everyone in our workforce.”