New Mexico Passes Wage Protections for Household Employees

Apr 29, 2019 | Domestic Workers' Rights, Tax & Wage Laws


New Mexico wage protections for nannies and other household employees will go into effect later this year after the passage of the Domestic Service in Minimum Wage Act.

Nannies, in-home senior caregivers, housekeepers, and other household employees in New Mexico will soon be protected by the state’s minimum wage standards and other wage protections.

The Domestic Service in Minimum Wage Act ends the exemptions for household employees from New Mexico’s wage laws.

While New Mexico state law generally requires employers to pay minimum wage and overtime, keep records, and pay employees in full and on time, these wage laws often excluded household employees.

Under the recently passed law, the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions can investigate complaints, enforce a household employee’s rights, recover their wages and assess damages.

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the legislation on April 4, 2019. The law becomes effective on June 14, 2019.

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