New Mexico pay equity law takes effect

May 28, 2013 0 COMMENTS

by Robert P. Tinnin, Jr.

New Mexico’s Fair Pay for Women Act (FPWA) goes into effect June 14, affecting all employers with at least four employees.

The law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex “by paying wages to employees . . . at a rate less than the rate that the employer pays wages to employees of the opposite sex in the establishment for equal work on jobs[,] the performance of which requires equal skill, effort and responsibility and that are performed under similar working conditions.”

The law includes an exception for payments made under a seniority system, a merit system, or a “system that measures earnings by quality or quantity of production.” It prohibits retaliation in the form of discriminating against an employee for (1) asserting a claim under the FPWA, (2) assisting another person in doing so, or (3) “informing another person about employment rights or other rights provided by law.”

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New Mexico: First Female Governor Elected

November 04, 2010 0 COMMENTS

by Robert P. Tinnin, Jr., Tinnin Law Firm

New Mexico voters have elected the state’s first female governor, Republican Susana Martinez. Republicans gained several seats in the New Mexico House of Representatives, but Democrats maintained control of the chamber. There were no contests for seats in New Mexico Senate, where Democrats hold a substantial majority of the seats. In the congressional races, Republicans picked up one seat.

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