Category Archives: Workers’ Comp

Labor missed an opportunity on a workers’ compensation issue

Sorry, my friends in organized labor, you missed one. On a party line vote, Democrats in the New Mexico House Labor and Economic Development Committee voted to kill a harmless little memorial, HJM 5, sponsored by Rep. Randall Crowder (R.-Curry). … Continue reading

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Workers’ comp is healthy but not helping the state’s economy

A worker came to work drunk and dropped a 2,000 pound chunk of marble on his foot. He was employed by a small family business. His employers found out he was entitled to workers’ comp benefits just as if he … Continue reading

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The gun behind the counter

At a Circle K convenience store, the clerk shot the suspected armed robber. We expect to read the opposite story. Convenience stores can be dangerous places, especially for the people who work in them. This happened a few weeks ago … Continue reading

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I have to inspect WHAT?

An insurance agent called me to ask about a letter one of her business clients had received from my former employer, the Workers’ Compensation Administration. The client was upset and confused. The letter was about safety inspections. I recognized the … Continue reading

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Workers’ comp bill aims to reset the balance

The workers’ compensation system is full of temptations for people to behave badly. In response, many provisions of the law are attempts to create incentives so that people will behave constructively. That is the simplest possible summary of the amendment … Continue reading

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Losing my head from a computer invasion

When the horrible thing appeared on my computer screen, I was stunned. First I froze. Then I forgot everything I know about computer safety. I know enough not to have done what I did. I thought I was prepared for … Continue reading

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Forcing family farms to behave like businesses

Is a small family farm a business, a hobby, a living museum or something else? It’s increasingly clear we can’t have it both ways – – business and quaint tradition. The recent New Mexico Supreme Court decision on workers’ comp … Continue reading

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Worker protections are gone in a self-employed world

A commentator on a TV news show recently talked about new developments involving the ride company Uber.   The commentator remarked that Uber has made sure to set up its procedures so drivers are independent contractors, not employees. The dilemma over … Continue reading

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New work comp law takes drugs and alcohol seriously

Warning to everybody who goes to work:  New Mexico finally has a workers’ compensation drug and alcohol law that almost makes sense.  If you are irresponsible enough to drink or use drugs at work, or before work, or you are … Continue reading

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Counting to three in workers’ comp

The workers’ compensation coverage requirement in New Mexico has always been a mess. Finally somebody is paying attention to it. A state Court of Appeals decision last year yanked away the exemption that protected farmers and ranchers for decades from … Continue reading

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