Category Archives: Workers’ Comp

Workers’ comp vacancies need filling

As of the date of this posting, one vacancy has been filled. The rumor is that the governor has begun making appointments to the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council. We only need three. It’s about time.   New Mexico needs this … Continue reading

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Let’s teach people to read

Almost half of New Mexico adults can’t read well enough to understand this paragraph. The statistics from 20 years ago are not showing improvement . New Mexico’s school children are also behind. According to the Kids Count Data Book for … Continue reading

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Workers’ comp bill does not protect workers

In the second year of Covid, we agree that we want to reward our heroes, right? We want to support the doctors and nurses, the grocery clerks and others who have risked their health to take care of the rest … Continue reading

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COVID-19 and workers’ compensation

A hidden cost of the coronavirus, one that has escaped public attention so far, is workers’ compensation for sick workers. If coronavirus is contracted in the workplace, the worker can file an occupational disease claim under the workers’ compensation law. … Continue reading

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Workers’ comp deserves more attention

  Update to this column:  On October 22, 2019, it was announced that Loretta Lopez had been appointed director of the New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Administration (WCA). Lopez was most recently deputy director of the Risk Management at the state’s … Continue reading

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A little tax break

Thanks to an obscure provision in the New Mexico tax code, a property tax break is available to a few people who might really need it. An injured worker who receives workers’ compensation permanent total disability benefits (PTD), is low-income, … Continue reading

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Workers’ comp — no bad news

The New Mexico workers’ compensation system is in moderately good shape this year, say the people who are supposed to know. NCCI, the National Council on Compensation Insurance, presented its annual New Mexico forum recently. Most important: employers can expect … Continue reading

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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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