Category Archives: Workers’ Comp

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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Workers’ comp news is good, sort of

From an economic development perspective, the news on workers’ compensation is pretty good. But workers’ compensation is never quite that simple. The National Council on Compensation Insurance, NCCI, presented its annual smorgasbord of statistics recently to a group of workers’ … Continue reading

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Ambiguous policies affect workers’ comp

The workers’ compensation system, we sometimes observe, is a patchwork of contradictory and inconsistent rules that are hard to understand and even harder to live with. Our courts don’t make this any easier. We were reminded of this recently at … Continue reading

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We’re not quite ready for legal pot

Good thing the legislature didn’t pass that marijuana proposal. The proposal, introduced in the 2014 session, was a constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana, which would have been submitted to the voters in the upcoming election. The reasons to legalize marijuana … Continue reading

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Drug issues still dominate workers’ comp

The New Mexico Court of Appeals has supported the use of medical marijuana after a work-related injury. The timing was inconvenient. The ruling was announced on Monday, May 19. The state’s annual workers’ compensation convention was the previous week. I … Continue reading

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A cautionary tale about earmarked funds

“I’d like to explain to you about the Subsequent Injury Fund.” I used to joke that this sentence could clear a room.  If you were the host of a party and your guests weren’t getting the hint that it was … Continue reading

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Taking care of injured heroes

We get emotional  — rightly so – when a law enforcement officer is injured by a criminal in the line of duty. Robin Hopkins, a Bernalillo County sheriff’s deputy, was shot by a fleeing criminal in October and is facing … Continue reading

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The work comp system is slipping a little

This year’s big news about workers’ compensation is that things are getting slightly worse, slowly, though some of the trends are not so bad.  In other words, it’s not big news.  As a factor in the state’s economic competitiveness, it’s … Continue reading

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Workers’ comp and the off-duty police officer

The workers’ compensation safety specialist visited a restaurant.  While there, he discussed with employees the importance of shoveling snow from the parking lot for the safety of restaurant guests. He reported this to a vice-president of his company, a friend … Continue reading

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