New Workers Comp Requirements for Agricultural Workers

New Workers Comp Requirements for Agricultural Workers
Despite New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau's exhaustive efforts, the New Mexico Supreme Court just issued a ruling declaring the agricultural exemption to workers comp unconstitutional. “We are disappointed in the Supreme Court’s decision which overturns 80 years of constitutional guarantees,” said Chad Smith, CEO of New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau “This will be yet another financial blow to New Mexico's farm, ranch and dairy families who are already stretched thin by a lagging economy and over-regulation.” Bottom line, according to the workers comp administration, if you employ more than three people, even if they are family members or part-time workers, you are required to carry workers comp insurance. The only good news is that, with the exception of the original two cases that spurred the initial suit, the law is NOT retroactive.  If you have questions please contact Trey Flynt, Bureau Chief for Employer Compliance at 505-841-6851